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  • April 6, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
  • Referee: H. Webb
  • • Attendance: 26144
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West Brom - Arsenal Preview: Visitors without Wilshere and Walcott as they continue top-four push

The Gunners are without the influential duo for their trip to the Hawthorns, while the hosts will be missing Youssouf Mulumbu after his petulant red card at West Ham last week

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

WEST BROM
West Bromwich Albion
Foster
Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell
Dorrans, Morrison, Yacob, Brunt
Long, Lukaku


ARSENAL

 
Fabianski
Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal
Arteta, Rosicky
Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski
Giroud


Steve Clarke will have to make do without the services of Youssouf Mulumbu after the midfielder was sent off against West Ham last weekend, meaning he will join long-term absentees George Thorne and Zoltan Gera (both knee) watching from the stands.

James Morrison (hamstring) may pass a late fitness test after sitting out at Upton Park.

Arsenal assistant boss Steve Bould has definitively ruled out Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (groin) for the trip to the Hawthorns, though the England duo are expected to return against Norwich next week.

Kieron Gibbs (illness) may be available for selection but it is likely Nacho Monreal (knee) will recover after being withdrawn against Reading last week with an injury sustained while clattering into the post.

Abou Diaby has been ruled for the rest of the calendar year after suffering a serious knee injury in training.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Only Manchester United and Manchester City have won more home games than West Brom this season.

  • However, since the turn of the year, the Bagges have, on average, picked up just one Premier League point per game.

  • Arsenal have been most prolific in the last 15 minutes of their matches this season, scoring 15 of their 59 goals in this period. This is also the period that West Brom have been most leaky, letting in 13.

  • The last time these two met, the noerth London side came out 2-0 victors thanks to two Mikel Arteta (pictured, right) penalties.

  • Arsenal are undefeated in their last four visits to the Hawthorns.

  • The Gunners boast the league’s best defence away from home – conceding just 13 goals in 15 outings.

  • Arsenal have won five of their last six Premier League encounters.

Players to watch

R. Lukaku

Position: Attacker

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Romelu Lukaku has proved himself a real handful this season, outscoring any teenager in the Premier League since Michael Owen burst onto the scene. The Belgian is keen for another loan move away from Chelsea next season in order to continue his development, yet he could send out a timely reminder of his abilities to his parent club if he were to make a serious dent in the Gunners' attempts to leapfrog the Blues into a Champions League qualification spot.

Y. Gervinho

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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Last week at the Emirates Stadium, Gervinho produced arguably his best 90 minutes in an Arsenal shirt, scoring one goal and assisting two to cap off an enterprising individual display. Whether or not the Ivorian can replicate that form away from home remains questionable, though with Theo Walcott confirmed out for the visitors, it’s likely Arsene Wenger will give him another chance to impress.

Editor's Prediction

Both clubs appear to be on completely different trajectories as the Premier League enters its closing stages, with the Gunners currently in the kind of form that has proved elusive all year. Arsene Wenger’s men will see Tottenham and Chelsea’s Europa League participation as a serious hindrance for them in the chase for a top-four finish and will have targeted the visit to the Hawthornes as a chance to further crank the pressure up on the two teams above them.

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