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December 8, 2012 11:00 PM MYT
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Arsenal - West Brom Preview: Wenger's side seek first win in five matches

The Gunners have taken just six points from their last six matches in all competitions, but face a Baggies side also in need of a win after suffering two straight defeats

By Alfie Meekings

CL - Arsenal FC v Montpellier Herault SC, Arsene Wenger
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  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

Szczesny
Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs
Rosicky, Arteta, Wilshere
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Cazorla
WEST BROM

Myhill
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Yacob, Mulumbu
Odemwingie, Morrison, Gera
Long

Arsene Wenger rested a number of key players during Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat at the hands of Olympiakos on Tuesday, but the Frenchman has revealed that both Lukas Podolski (hamstring) and Theo Walcott (calf) missed out through injury and will not return in time to face the Baggies.

Bacary Sagna (foot), Laurent Koscielny (thigh) and Andre Santos (abdominal) will all miss the clash, as will long-term absentee Abou Diaby (thigh), who is not expected to return until the end of December.

There is some good news for the hosts, however, as Tomas Rosicky - who had a fine game in Greece midweek - has returned to fitness and should feature in the starting line-up.

Steve Clarke told reporters last week that Ben Foster could face further surgery on his groin, in which case he could face another 10 days out of action. But, Billy Jones and Boaz Myhill are both set to return to fitness after suffering from a bug that spread through the players during the week.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal are without a win in their last four matches in all competitions.

  • The Gunners have taken just six points from their last six matches.
  • Mikel Arteta (pictured, right) has the best pass success rate in the Premier League, with an average of 93% of his passes reaching their target.
  • The hosts currently boast the highest rate of possession in the top-flight, averaging 59.9% per game.
  • However, the Baggies have beaten Arsenal just once in their last nine attempts.
  • The vistors have benefitted this season from a variety a goal threats, as Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku have both netted five, Peter Odemwingie four and James Morrison three.
  • On average, the visitors cross the ball just 18 times in each game - less than any other side in the league.




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Available Squads
1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
3Bacary SagnaDefender
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
19Santi CazorlaMidfielder
12Olivier GiroudStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
27GervinhoStriker
-Damián MartínezGoalkeeper
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
25Carl Jenkinson Defender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
20Francis CoquelinMidfielder
9Lukas PodolskiStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
2Steven ReidDefender
3Jonas OlssonDefender
6Liam RidgewellDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
22Zoltán GeraMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
19Luke DanielsGoalkeeper
4Goran PopovDefender
-Sebastien Gabriel TamaşDefender
17Graham DorransMidfielder
9Markus RosenbergStriker
17Romelu LukakuStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
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Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
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15 0