West Brom v Arsenal Team News

West Brom v Arsenal Team News

Arsenal will be looking to throw down their title intentions this afternoon as they head to the Hawthorns to face West Brom. It has been, quite simply, a disastrous set of weeks for the Gunners recently and they have seen their trophy ambitions come crashing down to leave just Premier League Glory to aim for.

After being knocked out of three cup competitions in a matter of a fortnight Arsene Wenger will be demanding an emphatic win from his players today, and show that they have every intention of ripping the Premier League title from Manchester United’s hands, and they are in a great position to do so.

Arsenal remain heavy favourites for the clash, despite a few key injuries, against a West Brom side just one point above the drop zone. Wenger will be without inspirational captain Cesc Fabregas through a hamstring injury. In addition he will be without explosive winger Theo Walcott through an ankle injury, and key defensive men in Song and Djourou as well as challenging Goalkeepers Fabianski and Szczesny.

West Brom will be fancying an upset akin to their 3-2 win at the Emirates earlier this season, especially as Arsenal are missing key men and seem unable to maintain a firm grip on any Trophy in recent weeks, and indeed seasons.

The Baggies will be without Sidibe and Dorrans with ankle related injuries, and Roy Hodgson will be unable to select Carlos Vela who is not eligible to play against his parent club, a crucial miss at the Hawthorns as he has provided important goals in recent weeks. Youssouf Mulumbu is also doubtful after picking up a knock recently in the 3-1 win over relegation rivals Birmingham City.

Possible starting XI’s for West Brom v Arsenal are as follows
 

West Brom: Carson, Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey, Tchoyi, Brunt, Morrison, Scharner, Thomas, Odemwingie.

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Koscielny, Squillaci, Clichy, Diaby, Rosicky, Wilshere, Nasri, Arshavin, Van Persie.
 

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