Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Arsenal
Venue: The Hawthorns – Saturday, November 21 – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)
Match Odds: West Brom 11/2 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 1/2
The Baggies have had two weeks to reflect on consecutive defeats to Leicester and Man United, which has left them thirteenth in the table after a satisfactory opening 12 games.
Tony Pulis has seen his side struggle to put the ball in the back of the net this season, scoring just ten goals in the Premier League, meaning they have the joint worst attacking record alongside Aston Villa and Stoke.Embed from Getty Images
Another problem for West Brom has been picking up points on home soil, recording just one win from six games at the Hawthorns (D1, L4), so they’ll be desperate to put that right.
West Brom’s Premier League record: P12 – W4 – D2 – L6
By stark contrast to West Brom’s home form, Arsenal boast the best away record in the league with five wins out of six on the road.
The Gunners come into this in good form, even though their run of five straight league wins was ended by Tottenham, following the 1-1 draw at home to their North London rivals last time out.Embed from Getty Images
A win for Arsenal over West Brom would take them top of the Premier League and put pressure on Man City who face Liverpool in the evening fixture on Saturday.
Arsenal’s Premier League record: P12 – W8 – D2 – L2
The last meeting between these two sides was a comfortable 4-1 win for Arsenal on the final day of last season, while the last clash at the Hawthorns saw the Gunners claim a narrow 1-0 victory thanks to a Danny Welbeck header.
West Brom will be without Gareth McAuley who is serving a one-match ban following his red card against Man United. Ben Foster remains out with a long-term knee injury, while the on-loan Serge Gnabry cannot play against his parent club. Chris Brunt’s fitness will be assessed as he has a slight groin problem.
Hector Bellerin will return to the squad following a groin injury. Aaron Ramsey (hamstring) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) are unlikely to recover in time for this game but could return in midweek. Laurent Koscielny may be rested following an understandably tough week for the Frenchman. Meanwhile, Theo Walcott (calf), Tomas Rosicky (knee), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Danny Welbeck (knee) remain out.
West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/L/L
Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/D
Key Stat: West Brom have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 13 meetings in the Premier League (D2, L10).
Key Player: Mesut Ozil – The German midfield maestro has been influential this season and already has ten assists to his name. He’ll be hoping to continue his fine form.Embed from Getty Images
West Brom 0-2 Arsenal – Arsenal have the joint second strongest defence in the league. Combine that fact with West Brom’s lack of goals, poor home form and the Gunners’ excellent away record and you can only really see one outcome here.