Premier League: West Brom v Arsenal match preview

A look ahead to this weekend’s Premier League match at The Hawthorns

Fresh from their impressive Champions League win against a talented Napoli side, Arsenal travel to West Brom full of confidence and top of the League.

The arrival of Mesut Ozil at the Emirates seems to have been the missing link in Wenger’s project that has persistently underwhelmed for the best part of a decade. The effortless quality of the German playmaker, along with Aaron Ramsey’s resurgence in form and Olivier Giroud finally living up to the reputation he made in France has led to Arsenal playing some of the best football they have produced since the Invincibles. They have won their last 10 matches matches in all competitions, maintaining a perfect record since their opening day defeat to Aston Villa.

However confidence is also high at West Brom, especially after their victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford where they were good value for their win. That made it back to back wins for Steve Clarke’s men who are now unbeaten in three matches and find themselves in the top half of the table. Key to their form is Morgan Amalfitano who has two goals in the league this season and has the talent to change a game in an instant.

KICK-OFF: Sunday, 4.00pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

West Brom 1 (Berahino) Arsenal 1 (Eisfeld), Capital One Cup, September 2013

West Brom 1 (Morrison) Arsenal 2 (Rosicky 2), Premier League, April 2013

Arsenal 2 (Arteta 2) West Brom 0, Premier League, December 2012

STATS…

The two sides met only nine days ago in the League Cup. It was decided on penalties which Arsenal eventually won after 120 minutes could not separate the sides.

West Brom have failed to score in two of the three matches they have played at the Hawthorns.

Arsenal have won their last four league games against West Brom.

50% of West Brom’s goals this season have come in the last 25 minutes of their matches.

ODDS…

West Brom to win: 4.9

Arsenal to win: 1.8

Draw: 4

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4.00pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm

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