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  • 13 May 2012
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 26358
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West Brom - Arsenal Preview: Home side look to give Roy Hodgson a fitting send-off as Gunners aim for third place

West Brom - Arsenal Preview: Home side look to give Roy Hodgson a fitting send-off as Gunners aim for third place

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The Baggies will bid farewell to their manager at the end of this game, but the away side will look to spoil his party as they look to secure an automatic Champions League spot

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, Olsson, Ridgewell, Shorey
Morrison, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Thomas
Long, Odemwingie

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Coquelin, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs
Rosicky, Song, Ramsey, Benayoun
Van Persie, Gervinho


Chris Brunt has already been ruled out for the Baggies having had his tonsils removed, while Jerome Thomas remains a doubt for the game after contracting flu. However, Peter Odemwingie should be available for selection after missing the game with Bolton with a hamstring problem.

Meanwhile, Theo Walcott could come off the bench for the Gunners as he continues to recover from a hamstring problem. However, Bacary Sagna has been ruled out of both this game and of Euro 2012 after fracturing his fibula against Norwich in Arsenal’s last game.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • This game will be Roy Hodgson’s last in charge of West Brom before becoming England manager.
  • Baggies midfielder Jerome Thomas (pictured right) began his career at Arsenal, but failed to break into the first team due to the consistency of Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires, and left in 2004 for Charlton Athletic.
  • In the Premier League, West Brom have lost just once in their last six games, while Arsenal have gone without a win in their last four games.
  • West Brom’s biggest victory over Arsenal at the Hawthorns came on October 14th 1922, as they won 7-0 and finished three points ahead of the Gunners in the First Division table in seventh place.
  • The previous game between these two teams was in November, and saw Arsenal run out comfortable 3-0 winners at the Emirates thanks to goals from Robin van Persie, Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta.
  • Last season, West Brom went unbeaten against the Gunners, thanks to a 3-2 victory at the Emirates and a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns having taken a 2-0 lead before being pegged back by goals from Andrei Arshavin and van Persie.
  • This game will be Arsene Wenger’s 600th in the Premier League as Arsenal manager.
  • Arsenal’s biggest win ever at the Hawthorns came on January 30 1935, when they enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win on their way to winning the First Division for the third season in a row.
  • Arsenal have not lost on the last day of the season since 2005, when they were defeated 2-1 by Birmingham City thanks to second-half goals from Walter Pandiani and Emile Heskey either side of a strike from Dutchman Dennis Bergkamp.
  • Robin van Persie has hit the woodwork the most of all players in the Premier League, finding either the post or bar 10 times in total.

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Available Squads
12Márton FülöpGoalkeeper
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
17Graham DorransMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
-Simon CoxStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
19Luke DanielsGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
25Craig DawsonDefender
26James HurstDefender
17Keith AndrewsMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
27Andre SantosDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
30Yossi BenayounMidfielder
35Francis CoquelinMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
27GervinhoStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
5Johan DjourouDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
14Theo WalcottStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
Paul Scharner
Paul Scharner
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 33
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Having confirmed his exit from the Hawthorns, the Austrian will be hoping to bow out on a high from the club he has made over 50 appearances for since joining from Wigan Athletic in 2010.
Robin van Persie
Robin van Persie
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 20
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
If Arsenal are to be successful in their quest for third place and Champions League qualification, they will need their talismanic striker Robin van Persie to be on form in this game.

If the Dutchman scores one more goal in this game, he will break Thierry Henry’s club record of 30 Premier League goals in the season.
Prediction
The home side are safely in mid-table and cannot catch Fulham ahead of them in ninth place, but will be looking to give manager Roy Hodgson a fitting send-off in his final game in charge.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are looking to be assured of third place and an automatic spot in the Champions League, and should have enough to see off the threat of the Baggies comfortably.
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