An intriguing clash between two out of form sides at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion have both suffered losses in form in recent weeks, but fans of the Baggies are somewhat more forgiving.
West Brom supporters have not grown accustomed to their team at least competing at the top as Gunners’ fans have, but this season Arsene Wenger has seen his team fade away much earlier than ever.
A home win today seems more important than ever if Arsenal are to reignite their UEFA Champions League challenge.
Venue Emirates Stadium
Last season Arsenal 3 West Brom 0
Referee Mike Jones
This season’s matches 10 Y37, R1, 3.80 cards per game
Odds Arsenal 9-20 West Brom 11-2 Draw 100-30
Subs from Mannone, Martínez, Gnabry, Ramsey, Squillaci, Djourou, Coquelin, Podolski, Chamakh, Miquel, Yennaris, Rosicky
Doubtful Podolski (hamstring)
Injured Sagna (ankle, 8 Dec), Fabianski (ankle, Jan), André Santos (stomach, unknown), Walcott (calf, unknown), Koscielny (hip, unknown), Diaby (thigh, unknown) Suspended None
Form guide LDDWDL
Disciplinary record Y14 R1
Leading scorer Walcott, Giroud, Podolski, Cazorla 4
Subs from Daniels, Popov, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Dorrans, Jara, Mulumbu, Tamas, Lukaku, Fortuné, Thorne, Dawson, Roofe, Sawyers
Injured Foster (groin, 8 Dec), Reid (hamstring, unknown)
Form guide LLWWWW
Disciplinary record Y26 R1
Leading scorer Long, Lukaku 5
Arsenal did the double over West Brom last season, winning 3-0 at home and 3-2 at The Hawthorns on the last day of the campaign, a win that booked their place in this season’s Champions League.
West Brom have won at Arsenal just once since 1983 – that was a 3-2 victory in September 2010.
The last four meetings between Arsenal and West Brom have produced 17 goals.
The teams have met 12 times in the Premier League, and there has never been a 0-0, a hat-trick, or a red card.
Arsenal have won one of their last six league matches (W1, D3, L2).
They have won three of their last 10 Premier League home matches (W3, D4, L3).
Arsenal have 21 points from 15 matches – their lowest tally at this stage of the season under Arsene Wenger, and lowest since 1994-95 (19 points).
The Gunners have conceded 16 goals in this season’s Premier League – only Manchester City (11) and Stoke (12) have conceded fewer.
Arsenal are one short of 250 home wins in the Premier League.
After a run of four consecutive victories, West Brom have lost their last two Premier League matches. They last lost three in a row in January.
But it is still their best start to a top-flight season since 1980-81.
West Brom have won all five league matches where they have been winning at half-time, but lost all three where they have been losing at half-time.
In this season’s Premier League, the Baggies have not conceded a goal in the first 28 minutes of the second half. But they have conceded five in the last 10 minutes of games.
SOURCE: BBC Sport