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Premier League

  • November 5, 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: M. Oliver
  • • Attendance: 60091

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion

Gunners were held to a draw with Marseille during the week, but with talisman Robin van Persie set to be recalled, they will be hoping for a better result against the Baggies



Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Santos
Song, Ramsey, Arteta
Gervinho, Van Persie, Arshavin


Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Jones
Thomas, Mulumbu, Brunt
Arsenal come into the game on the back of contrasting performances for their team; in their match against Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend their defence was, at best, sloppy. However, they attacked with a real sense of purpose and were lethal in front of goal, scoring all of their shots on target.

However, in their Champions League match on Tuesday the defence was altogether more solid, but faltered in front of goal as manager Arsene Wenger chose to "gamble" on leaving Robin van Persie on the bench.

There may be one or two changes to the midweek game, with Van Persie almost certain to be recalled, while there could be a rest for any number of players, including perhaps Aaron Ramsey or Theo Walcott who have both been in the limelight recently.

Meanwhile, West Brom were on an impressive run of four games unbeaten before last weekend's home defeat to Liverpool, and will be without midfield maestro Paul Scharner and the impressive summer acquisition Shane Long who are both injured.


  • West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie (pictured right) scored in both fixtures against Arsenal last season.
  • The Baggies have only kept three clean sheets in their previous 40 away Premier League games.
  • West Brom have scored more goals in the opening 15 minutes than any other Premier League team this season with a total of five.
  • There have been four goals scored in the opening 10 minutes of the last four league meetings between the two teams.
  • If Arsenal take all three points against West Brom it will be their 400th win in the Premier League.
  • This is the first time Arsenal have had a negative goal difference at this stage of the season in the history of the Premier League.
  • Robin van Persie has scored 28 goals in 27 league appearances in 2011.

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Players to watch

R. van Persie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Arsenal captain is proving influential for the Gunners, as underlined by their goalless draw against Marseille when the striker was absent. With his astounding record of 28 goals in 27 league appearance this calendar year, the Dutchman really is flying.

P. Odemwingie

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Nigerian striker is always a danger, and scored in both fixtures against the Gunners last season. He has slightly faltered this term with the added competition of Shane Long in an attacking role. But with the Irishman injured, Odemwingie will surely look to grasp this opportunity to reassert himself as the main striker for the Baggies.

Editor's Prediction

If the Gunners' defence continue their good form then one cannot really see beyond them with what will surely be another appearance for the influential Robin van Persie.

Meanwhile, if Andrey Arshavin is to be given a chance in the team, he will be looking to improve on his form since arriving in London, which he admitted has been average so far.

But all in all, this looks like a victory for Arsene Wenger's men.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head


West Bromwich Albion


Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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West Bromwich Albion FC WBA
West Bromwich Albion FC West Bromwich Albion

Top 3 Predictions

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