Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion
Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: Arsenal 4/11 – Draw 4/1 – West Brom 13/2
Arsenal have all but secured third spot after their 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Wednesday means that just a draw will be enough to seal a top three finish this weekend.
The Gunners cannot finish second but Arsene Wenger will be hoping his side can finish a fine season with a win ahead of the FA Cup final next weekend.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal have not won in their last three and lost just their second home game of the season to Arsenal a fortnight ago, so it’s important they try and end with victory in their last league game of the campaign.
West Brom are in much better form than their opponents, after going unbeaten through their last five, including a 3-0 win against the champions Chelsea last Monday.
The Baggies lost the corresponding fixture 1-0 at home to Arsenal in November and have not beaten the Gunners in their last nine meetings in all competitions.Embed from Getty Images
They have been excellent under Tony Pulis this term and have only lost two of their last nine away games in the league, and will be hoping to end the season on a high.
Arsene Wenger will rest a few first-team players ahead of the FA Cup final and so some fringe players could see action. Danny Welbeck is ruled out once again, while Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy remain doubts. Nacho Monreal could return at left-back after missing the midweek game against Sunderland.
West Brom have just one injury concern as Ben Foster will be out again. Tony Pulis could name an unchanged lineup for this one after seeing such a good performance against Chelsea last time out.
Arsenal’s last five: D/W/L/D/D
West Brom’s last five: W/D/W/D/W
Key Stat: Arsenal are unbeaten in 34 of their last 36 home matches in the Premier League.
Key Player: Saido Berahino – The young Englishman scored twice against Chelsea and will want to impress against quality opposition once again ahead of this summer’s Under-21 European Championship.Embed from Getty Images
Arsenal 1-1 West Brom – Arsenal will be resting star players and won’t be at their strongest, but the Baggies will be a real threat regardless in this end of season clash. Expect this to be tight as a draw looks like it could be on the cards.