Arsenal hosts midtable West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday as the home side looks to move one step closer to securing their place in the top four this season.
The Gunners have been under-par in the past few weeks as their challenge for the Premier League title has rather floundered and could now have a fight on their hands to finish fourth, so a win in this clash is imperative.
A win in this clash would move the Gunners back above Manchester City and into third spot in the Premier League table.
Arsene Wenger’s side look like they were heading back to something near their best form with wins over Everton and Watford, but consecutive draws against West Ham and Crystal Palace have rather tempered that slight good run. The 1-1 draw last time out with Palace was particularly galling, as the Gunners were a goal ahead until the 82nd minute equaliser from Yannick Bolasie.
The Gunners have been poor at home in recent games and have recorded just one victory from their last six outings at the Emirates Stadium.
West Brom are comfortably in midtable in the Premier League, but their recent form has been poor. The Baggies have suffered three defeats in their last four outings in the top-flight and seem to be coasting towards the end of the campaign.
The side from the Midlands have also won just one of their last 11 away games in the Premier League.
The Baggies have lost on their four trips to the Emirates Stadium and look to have very little motivation in this clash, but with Tony Pulis as boss they will always be competitive. Last time out Pulis side suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Watford.
The usual suspects will miss out for the Gunners, with midfield quarter Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tomas Rosicky still out through injury. Wilshere is back in full training and could return to the squad for the weekend visit to Sunderland.
The visitors are without Chris Brunt who will miss the rest of the season and also Scotland international James Morrison. On-loan Spurs midfielder Alex Pritchard also looks unlikely to feature due to injury.
Arsenal are favourites to win this clash at odds of 2/7, while the draw is odds of 5/1 and the Baggies are odds of 12/1 to claim an unlikely victory at the Emirates Stadium.
This game has suddenly become an important one after a few recent disappointing results and teams below them gaining ground. Wenger’s side should have enough to get the better of a resilient Baggies team.
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