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Arsenal vs. West Brom Premier League Preview

Posted on May 23, 2015 by David Nugent

Arsenal wraps up their Premier League game campaign with a home game against West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The Gunners goalless draw with Sunderland on Wednesday night virtually secured third-place and an automatic place in next season’s Champions League, as they sit three points above rivals Manchester United who have an inferior goal difference of seven.

The Gunners have stuttered in recent games, having drawn two and lost one of their previous three fixtures in the Premier League. That slight slump means they can longer catch second place Manchester City this season.

However, the Gunners do have a good record against the Baggies, having won six out of the last seven meetings with the team from the Midlands. West Brom have also never kept a clean sheet against Arsenal in the Premier League in 17 meetings.

The Gunners home record is also an encouraging one, as Arsene Wenger’s side have lost just two of their last 36 Premier League games at the Emirates Stadium. One worry for the Gunners would be the fact they have now failed to score in their last three games on home soil.

West Brom travels to north London in decent form, having put together an unbeaten run of five games in the Premier League and are unbeaten in their last three away games. Last time out the Baggies claimed a 3-0 victory over newly-crowned Premier League champions Chelsea at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies recent good run of form has also seen Pulis’ team claim four clean sheets in their last five Premier League outings.

Despite the positivity, Baggies boss Tony Pulis has lost all six of the games that he has managed in against Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

West Brom head into this game in 13th in the Premier League table, but could finish as high as tenth in the league with a win and other results go their way.

Team News

The Gunners are still without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck and Mathieu Debuchy, but all three have a chance of returning for the FA Cup final. Spaniard Mikel Arteta is also expected to miss out through injury.

West Brom look set to name an unchanged team from the one that defeated Chelsea last time out. Their only injury concern is England international ‘keeper Ben Foster, who will be replaced by Boaz Myhill.

Betting News

Arsenal are the favourites to win this clash at odds of 2/5, while the draw is odds of 17/4 and the visitors are odds of 15/2 to claim an away victory.

Arsenal have hit a disappointing run of form, but will want to finish their Premier League campaign off with a flourish, especially with the FA Cup final next weekend.

Will Arsenal end their winless run against the Baggies?

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