Arsenal welcome West Bromwich Albion after a very disappointing week, fist losing 2-0 to Swansea at the Emirates then giving away a goal lead to lose 2-1 at Olympiakos. Saying that it was a bad week for the gunners doesn’t tell the actual story. Amidst that, there has been speculation of Walcott and Sagna both leaving Arsenal, piling more pressure on Arsène Wenger. Vice-Captain, Mikel Arteta said that the players were ‘angry’ with themselves and want a result on Saturday.
The players have been very inconsistent this season, defeating bitter rivals 5-2 but then drawing two and losing 1 in the league. This is a classic example of Arsenal’s season so far. The Gunners haven’t found good form since that man went up the road and his provider moved countries but they have looked better than the likes of City and United but on the other hand, they have been worse than the likes of Swansea and Norwich.
The Gunners it 10th in the table, five points behind third placed Chelsea. West Brom are also five points ahead of the Gunners but it in fifth. Last time these two sides met, it was the last day of the season. The gunners went ahead with a lucky goal, then west Brom scored twice to make it 2-1. But Arsenal had enough time to turn it around again and managed to win 3-2 and secure third place.
This time, the Gunners have four key first team players missing in the form of Sagna, Walcott, Koscielny and Podolski. All four are expected to be out for a while so probably here is how the line up will look like.
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This looks a good side on paper but they will have to perform to get the three points and help Gunners restore pride and help Gunners move up in the table.