Arsenal has experienced a good run of form following their unexpected win over European giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Gooner’s worldwide will be hoping that form continues all the way to the end of the season. Bould said it well in a recent interview stating that the win in Germany has certainly instilled some confidence in the players and rightly so with the Gunners only the second team to win at the Allianz Arena this calendar year.
The team news this week was positive with Wenger confirming that Monreal has recovered from the injury he sustained when he clattered with the post last weekend. The Spaniard is confirmed to be available for the weekend, although elsewhere his English team-mates Walcott and Wilshere still remain on the sidelines. There is a silver lining however with both players in training and touted to make a possible return against Norwich next weekend.
In terms of team selection, you would expect to see no changes from the line-up form last weekend. Both Fabianski and Koscielny have been solid and have given Wenger no reason to drop them from the starting line-up. Gervinho also pushed forward his case for regular starting spot with an exceptional performance, although in saying this Chamberlain also looks like a possible starter this week.
Morale is certainly now much higher in the Arsenal camp and they now have further reason to push for a win with Tottenham’s one man team Gareth Bale picking up an injury in the Europa league. Interestingly Tottenham have not managed a win this calendar year without the Welshman contributing to the scoreline and hopefully his absence will result in dropped points for the Spuds in the coming weeks.
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In saying this however, West Brom will be no pushovers with the club sitting tidily in eighth on the Premier League ladder. They have gotten to this position on the back of great home form this season with only the Manchester clubs have managing more wins at home, but conversely Arsenal go the Hawthorns having the best defensive record away from home. It certainly builds up the anticipation for the match, but I would certainly say Arsenal are strong favourites.
on Wilshere and Walcott…
We have good news with both of them. Jack and Theo are outside running, and have an outside chance of being involved against Norwich a week on Saturday.
Nacho has recovered well from his knee problem from the impact of the post and has trained the last couple of days so is available for the weekend.
on long-term injuries…
We just have Ryo and Abou out for the long-term so things are looking good in terms of availability.
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- Arsenal have won each of their last three Barclays Premier League clashes against West Bromwich Albion.
- The Gunners have won four and lost just one of their six Premier League trips to The Hawthorns; netting in each match there.
- Steve Clarke’s side have won back-to-back home games for the first time since November 2012 thanks to consecutive 2-1 wins over Sunderland and Swansea.
- Four of Arsenal’s six league away wins this season have come in their last seven trips away from the Emirates (D1 L2).
- No team have scored more goals after the 76th minute of matches this season than Arsenal (15).
- Romelu Lukaku, on loan from Chelsea, is West Brom’s top scorer this season (13). He scored five times in his last six league appearances at The Hawthorns.
- The Gunners are yet to lose a Premier League game that they have taken the lead in this season (W15 D2).
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