Premier League Preview: Arsenal - West Brom
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
Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Gibbs
Rosicky, Arteta, Wilshere
Oxlade-Chamberlain, Giroud, Cazorla
Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Odemwingie, Morrison, Gera
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 lineup.
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 roster during the week.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
Arsenal is without a win in their its 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 percent of his passes reaching their target.
- The hosts currently boast the highest rate of possession in the top-flight, averaging 59.9 percent per game.
- West Brom has won two of its last three away from home.
- However, the Baggies have beaten Arsenal just once in their last nine attempts.
- The visitors have benefited 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.
Top 3 Predictions
Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich
- 14.07 %
Arsenal 2-1 West Bromwich
- 12.2 %
Arsenal 3-1 West Bromwich
- 11.66 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Oct 6, 2013||West Bromwich 1 - Arsenal 1|
|Capital One Cup (CCUP)||Sep 25, 2013||West Bromwich 1 - Arsenal 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Apr 6, 2013||West Bromwich 1 - Arsenal 2|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 8, 2012||Arsenal 2 - West Bromwich 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||May 13, 2012||West Bromwich 2 - Arsenal 3|
|Dec 14, 2013||Manchester City 6 - Arsenal 3||EPL|
|Dec 11, 2013||Napoli 2 - Arsenal 0||UCL|
|Dec 8, 2013||Arsenal 1 - Everton 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Arsenal 2 - Hull 0||EPL|
|Nov 30, 2013||Cardiff City 0 - Arsenal 3||EPL|
|30||Sebastien Gabriel Tamaş||Defender|