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Kieran Gibbs could be on his way to West Brom 1

Posted on June 04, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenanl’s long-serving defender Kieran Gibbs is a transfer target for West Bromwich Albion this summer as manager Tony Pulis looks to address the balance in the defence ahead of the news season. The Baggies have been playing the right-foot Nyom at left-back all campaign and have been targeting more natural full-backs as a result.

West Brom were in bid for Jeffrey Schlupp before he joined Crystal Palace from Leicester City in the last season, while Leeds United’s Charlie Taylor was believed to be on Pulis’ wishlist too. But the club have stumbled upon Gibbs at Arsenal, a highly experience player with just 12 months on his current deal at the club and seeking more first-team opportunities in the Premier League.

Arsenal 8/11 to win against West Bromwich Albion 0

Posted on March 18, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns Stadium to face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, and are favourites to pick up all three points to cut the deficit to fourth-placed Liverpool. The Gunners have struggled for form in recent weeks but may take hope from a West Brom side short of wins themselves while coincidentally suffering after hitting 40 points in the division.

Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion side find themselves seventh in the division with 40 points from 28 games, having lost back-to-back outings since hitting 40 points in the Premier League, while failing to score in both games. The Baggies have picked up only one win in their last four and have a woeful record against the top-six sides this season – one point from a possible 21.

Wenger warns of West Brom threat 0

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was full of praise for West Bromwich Albion ahead of Saturday’s trip to face the Midlands outfit. Albion have been one of the biggest surprise packages in the Premier League this season with the side sitting pretty in eighth place, and Wenger isn’t taking them for granted this weekend as a result.

“They have (a lot of) experience, they are well organised, physically very strong and very efficient on set-pieces. I think they’re the team who have scored more goals than anybody else on set-pieces. This season they’ve done very well in midfield. They have played very well, and up front they have Hal Robson-Kanu and Salomon Rondon who have done very well for them also.”

Arsenal injury update ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash 0

Posted on March 17, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have a couple of injury doubts ahead of Saturday afternoon’s trip to face West Bromwich Albion. The Gunners are already without Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla for the rest of the season as the deep-lying midfielder continues his recovery from surgery on an achilles problem. Mohamed Elneny’s return from an ankle injury has come too soon.

England defender Kieran Gibbs is said to have picked up a knock this week and may sit out Saturday’s encounter. The long-serving left-back wasn’t pictured in Arsenal’s final training session and isn’t likely to be risked given Spaniard Nacho Monreal has been the club’s first choice this season.

Can Arsenal overcome their travel-sickness from the winter period? 1

Posted on March 15, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal next travel to the Hawthorns to face a West Bromwich Albion side overachieving in the Premier League this season, at a time where their own away form couldn’t be any worse. The Gunners are favourites to pick up all three points on Saturday, but their recent results on their travels will have manager Arsene Wenger worried of another disappointing outcome.

On the road, Arsenal have lost three of their last four in all competitions, while suffering five defeats and a draw since December. The Londoners were unbeaten away from home in all competitions before losing at Everton three months ago. Since then, Arsenal have been hit and miss as the travelling side and it’s seen their season completely unravel.

Oxlade-Chamberlain a doubt for Saturday’s trip to the Hawthorns 0

Posted on March 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up a thigh injury in Saturday’s 5-0 win over Lincoln City, coming off after 27 minutes at the Emirates Stadium, and may miss out of Saturday’s upcoming trip to face West Bromwich Albion. Arsenal are 13/20 to win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday afternoon, but the Ox will be disappointed to miss out.

The 23-year-old has recently played himself into the side after an impressive run of form but his latest setback could disrupt his chances of returning to the side when deemed match fit. It’s been a consistent problem with Oxlade-Chamberlain as his poor fitness record has cost him game time.

Arsenal can overcome Hawthorns hoodoo and beat West Brom on Saturday 0

Posted on March 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon, in a game that has been a banana skin fixture in the past. The Gunners lost to the Baggies in their last league meeting as the travelling side, but they could well respond with a much-needed win given the hosts have taken their foot off the gas in recent weeks.

Last-six Premier League meetings between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at the Hawthorns
(19/3/11) West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Arsenal
(13/5/12) West Bromwich Albion 2-3 Arsenal
(6/4/13) West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Arsenal
(6/10/13) West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Arsenal
(29/11/14) West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Arsenal
(21/11/15) West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Arsenal

Granit Xhaka sets new Premier League passing record 0

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka set a new record for passes this season after his performance in Monday’s narrow win over West Bromwich Albion. The former FC Basel and Borussia Monchengladbach man completed 135/142 passes (whoscored) on Boxing Day, more than any player has so far managed in the Premier League.

Albion were affording high levels on possession to the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium which resulting in Arsenal boasting 76% of the ball over the 90 minutes. Xhaka had the freedom to dictate the play and he made 152 touches from midfield – also a record this season. It’s also worth noting how accurate he was with his long distribution, completing 11 of 15 long balls, blowing Mesut Ozil’s statistics out of the water in the Albion game.

Goals drying up for Alexis Sanchez in recent weeks 0

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez could hardly have come closer to scoring in Monday’s 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, striking the woodwork and registering more shots than any of his teammates over the 90 minutes, but the Chilean international was denied and how now been reverted back to the wing in place of Olivier Giroud who scored the winner in the game.

The energetic attacker is always in the thick of the action but he’s been guilty of profligacy with five of his nine shots against Albion being off-target. Sanchez has scored just one goal in his last five appearances in all competitions for Arsenal, albeit still making assists for his teammates, and could now be making way for Giroud to lead the line against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.

Kieran Gibbs picks up injury in West Brom win 0

Posted on December 27, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger revealed defender Kieran Gibbs has picked up a knee injury following Monday’s Premier League victory over West Bromwich Albion and will now have to assess how long it will keep him out of action. The English fullback took a hit to the knee in the game and was subsequently replaced by Nacho Monreal, and Wenger said of the matter: “It’s a kick. I don’t know how bad it is, but it’s a kick on the knee.”

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