Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal FC vs. West Bromwich Albion FC

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Thursday, April 21 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET) 

Match Odds: Arsenal 2/7 – Draw 17/4 – West Brom 10/1

Match Preview

Arsenal host West Brom in a rare Thursday night Premier League clash this week, with the Gunners desperate for three points as they look to guarantee Champions League football for next term.

Arsene Wenger’s side have endured a tough campaign, with many expecting them to win the Premier League title a few months back, before a terrible run of form has seen them slip down to fourth.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace did little to encourage the home fans, who have watched their side win just four of their last 13 league outings.

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Arsenal’s title hopes are not officially over, but they will have to win all of their remaining five games and hope Leicester fail to pick up more than two points. Both scenarios seem unlikely and so it appears Wenger’s priority now has to be securing a top four finish.

The Gunners sit fourth entering this game but have Manchester United and West Ham closing in behind and so it’s crucial that the north London side seal three points here.

West Brom have little to play for for the remainder of the season. They sit 14th and have reached that magical 40-point mark so relegation fears have disappeared.

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However, Tony Pulis will be frustrated with the fact that his side have lost back-to-back games coming into this tie. Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Watford would have been particularly hard to take, considering Saido Berahino missed two penalties in the second half.

The Baggies have only won one of their last 11 away games in the Premier League and are huge outsiders to leave the Emirates with three points on Thursday.

That said, West Brom have already beaten Arsenal this season, recording a 2-1 win at the Hawthorns in November. That win ended a 10-game winless streak against the Gunners and so this might be closer than many expect.

Team News

Mikel Arteta remains out injured for Arsenal, though long-term absentees Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have returned to training. However, this game will likely come too soon for both. Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky are also close to returning but are lacking match fitness and so neither are expected to return to the starting lineup. Danny Welbeck will hope to continue to spearhead the attack ahead of Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott.

West Brom have just two injuries to worry about as midfielders Chris Brunt and James Morrison will miss this clash. Saido Berahino will hope to keep his place in the side despite missing two penalties last weekend.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: D/W/W/D/D

West Brom’s last five: W/L/D/L/L

Key Stat: Arsenal have only won four of their last 13 Premier League matches – only one victory more than West Brom have managed in the same time.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean star has seemingly come through a tough spell and is looking sharp once again. He has contributed to seven goals in his last six league outings and will expect to hurt the Baggies on Thursday evening.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 West Brom – Arsenal have a lot more to play for than West Brom as we enter the final few games of the season and they need three points on Thursday. They should get them but West Brom might offer a tougher test than most are expecting. A win for Arsenal would take their total to 500 in the Premier League and that should be the outcome here.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs West Brom

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

Match Preview

Arsenal host West Brom on the final weekend of the Premier League season with both sides knowing they have very little to play for.

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.

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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.

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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.

Team News

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.

Key Points

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.

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Score Prediction

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.