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March 19, 2011 3:00 PM GMT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ S. Attwell‎
Attendance:‬ 25729‎
 

Premier League Preview: West Brom - Arsenal

By Matt Monaghan

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PROBABLE LINE-UPS

West Brom: Carson; Reid, Olsson, Meite, Shorey; Brunt, Morrison, Mulumbu, Reid, Thomas; Odemwingie.


Arsenal: Almunia; Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy; Wilshere, Denilson, Ramsey; Nasri, Van Persie, Bendtner.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Injured Arsenal centre-back Johan Djourou has conceded a Premier League goal this season every 337 minutes.
  • Replacement Sebastien Squillaci has conceded a league goal this season every 72 minutes.
  • The partnership of Djourou and Laurent Koscielny has conceded a league goal this season every 405 minutes.
  • The parternship of Squillaci and Koscielny has conceded a league goal this season every 83 minutes.
  • Since the 3-2 home defeat to West Brom on September 25, Manuel Almunia has not made another league appearance.
  • West Brom's goal difference of -15 is the joint second worst in the league along with Blackpool and Wolves.
  • West Brom have drawn their last three home league games.
  • The 3-1 victory at Birmingham City a fortnight ago was just West Brom's second league victory in 2011.
  • West Brom's victory against Arsenal in September saw them rise to fifth in the table. The same result will see them rise to a maximum of 12th.
  • West Brom's win in September broke a run of seven consecutive league losses to Arsenal that stretched back to a 1-1 draw at Highbury on November 20, 2004.


LAST MEETING


September 25: Arsenal 2-3 West Bromwich Albion

Goals from Peter Odemwingie, Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas handed Arsenal a shock first league defeat of the season.

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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
22Scott CarsonGoalkeeper
20Nicky ShoreyDefender
23Abdoulaye MeiteDefender
3Jonas OlssonDefender
2Steven ReidDefender
14Jerome Thomas
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
33Paul ScharnerMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
9Peter OdemwingieStriker
13B. MyhillGoalkeeper
30Gabriel Sebastian TamaşDefender
36Gonzalo JaraDefender
35Marek CechDefender
5Somen TchoyiMidfielder
-Simon CoxStriker
28Marc-Antoine FortuneStriker
1Manuel AlmuniaGoalkeeper
22Gael ClichyDefender
18Sébastien SquillaciDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
3Bacary SagnaDefender
16Aaron RamseyMidfielder
10Jack WilshereMidfielder
15DenilsonMidfielder
10Andrey ArshavinMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
8Samir NasriMidfielder
1Jens LehmannGoalkeeper
48MiquelDefender
28Kieran GibbsDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
23Nicklas BendtnerStriker
29Marouane ChamakhStriker
Players to Watch
Abdoulaye Meite
Abdoulaye Meite
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 23
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
After being left out in the cold under the previous regime, centre-back Abdoulaye Meite has enjoyed a renaissance under manager Roy Hodgson.

The Ivory Coast international has started the Baggies' last two games and has added some much needed steel. With Arsenal on the hunt for a crucial win to get their campaign back on track, he will have to be at his sharpest on Saturday.
Sébastien Squillaci
Sébastien Squillaci
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 18
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Sebastien Squillaci has impressed few Arsenal fans since his cut-price summer. The ex-Sevilla player has looked a less than reliable reserve but manager Arsene Wenger will need him to step up due to the long-term injury to Djourou.

Despite conflicting reports about the Switzerland international's fitness, he is expected to be out for the rest of the season. Squillaci must not repeat horror moments such as his own goal against Wigan Athletic if the Gunners are to reel in league leaders Manchester United.
Probable Lineups
Scott Carson 22
Nicky Shorey 20
Abdoulaye Meite 23
Jonas Olsson 3
Steven Reid 2
Jerome Thomas 14
Youssouf Mulumbu 21
James Morrison 7
Paul Scharner 33
Chris Brunt 11
Peter Odemwingie 9
Manuel Almunia 1
Gael Clichy 22
Sébastien Squillaci 18
Laurent Koscielny 6
Bacary Sagna 3
Aaron Ramsey 16
Jack Wilshere 10
Denilson 15
Andrey Arshavin 10
Robin van Persie 20
Samir Nasri 8
Prediction
With both sides desperate for the win and with doubts in defence, there should be goals galore at The Hawthorns. Arsenal's superior attack should see them edge a helter-skelter contest.

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