West Brom Vs Arsenal: Team News, Injury Updates, Match Facts, Preview And Prediction

West Brom Vs Arsenal

Apr 6, 2013 at 3pm (UK )

The Hawthorns

Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns later today to face West Brom, a team who aren’t on great form, however they have an impressive home form for a mid-table team. It will be a tough test, and any Arsenal fan will remember the fortunate 3-2 win on the final day last season, which secured third place, and Champions League football.

With Walcott still recovering from his groin injury, Wenger has to decide between Chamberlain and Gervinho who both had a good run in last time out. The English winger has, by his own admission not had a great season, but he’s on form now, and that’s what Arsenal need. Whilst Gervinho was influential against Reading in home, he might find it difficult for an away game.

Giroud is expected to continue with his height playing a major factor while the midfield and the defensive set up will pretty much remain the same. The Gunners remain in spot of bother as Champions league qualification is far from safe. 4th placed Chelsea play Sunderland at home while rivals Tottenham host Everton in a crucial encounter for the European places.

Steve Clarke’s West Brom side lost 3-1 at West Ham United last time out, which damaged their hopes of securing European football for next season. The result leaves them nine points adrift of Arsenal, who occupy fifth place in the table.

Baggies midfielder Youssuf Mulumbu will miss the match after picking up a red card at West Ham last week, while James Morrison faces a late fitness test on the hamstring injury which saw him sit out the defeat at Upton Park.

Possible Line-ups: 

West Brom: Foster; Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell, Jones; Brunt, Dorrans, Morrison, Yacob; Long, Lukaku

Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Rosicky, Arteta, Ramsey; Cazorla, Giroud, Gervinho

Match Facts: 

  • Arsenal have lost just once in their last ten visits to The Hawthorns, winning six.
  • In terms of home form over the last six games, West Brom sit a humble 13th with three wins, a draw, and two losses.
  • Despite their leaky reputation, Arsenal have the best defence away from home in the Premiership. They have conceded just 0.87 goals a game away from The Emirates, with 40% of those games ending in clean sheets.
  • In 129 meetings between the sides, West Brom have an average goal difference of -59.
  • If results were decided on the second half of matches, Arsenal would be top of the league with 62 points, 6 clear of second-placed Manchester City.
  • Arsenal have the best disciplinary record in the league this season, with 33 point (27 yellows, 3 reds)




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