Premier League Preview: West Brom - Arsenal

The Gunners are without Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott for their trip to the Hawthorns, as they continue to try and seal a top-four place and a return to Champions League.

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


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

Steve Clarke will have to make do without the services of Youssouf Mulumbu after the midfielder was sent off against West Ham for his petulant red card 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 two attacking stars are expected to return against Norwich next week.

Kieran Gibbs (illness) may be available for selection but it is likely Nacho Monreal (knee) will recover after being withdrawn against Reading last week with an injury suffered while clattering into the post.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

  • 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 has been most prolific in the last 15 minutes of its matches this season, scoring 15 of their 59 goals in this period. This is also the period in which West Brom has tended to concede the most, letting in 13.

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

  • Arsenal is undefeated in its last four visits to the Hawthorns.

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

  • Arsenal has won five of its last six Premier League encounters.