Happy New Year Arsenal Fans Only and also to every Football fan worldwide. Last year, was a year many want to forget due to the global pandemic. Sincerely, it was tiring. However, for fans of Arsenal, there was some Silver lining. We went on to win the FA Cup and as well as the Community Shield. Hurray! All that is soon forgotten because of the fortunes of this season. While we are not sure if this new turnaround is lasting and we are ready to be in the mix, it brings great emotions like we felt when the season started.
This weekend, the Gunners will be aiming to make it a Hattrick of wins this new year as they travel to the Hawthorns to take on West Bromwich Albion. The home team will be coming into this clash on the back of a very poor run in the first half of the season as they have won just one premier league fixture in 16 matches played this season, leaving them in 19th position. Meanwhile, the Gunners have managed to get back-to-back victories in their last two EPL fixtures, lifting them above the relegation battle zone and into the 13th position. Victory in this game is very important to both team managers as they look to gain the trust of their respective board members.
WEST BROMWICH ALBION
West Brom will still be without Conor Townsend (injury), James Livermore (suspension), and former Arsenal man Kieran Gibbs who picked up a thigh injury before the game against Leeds United. Former Chelsea man, Branislav Ivanovic is available for selection. New head coach, Sam Allardyce might recall Matheus Pereira to his starting Line up as Hai Robson-Kanu is still expected to sit out this clash.
Possible Line-up (4-4-2); Johnstone, Furlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Peltier, Robinson, Pereira, Sawyers, Gallagher, Diangana, Grant.
The Gunners will be without Thomas Partey, and Reiss Nelson due to respective injuries, while Gabriel Magalhaes is still absent after testing positive for Covid-19. David Luiz and Willian are expected to feature in one but we are not expecting Mikel Arteta to hand them a starting spot for this clash.
Bukayo Saka is expected to be fit despite some issue against Brighton, meaning that the Gunners could be unchanged from Tuesday’s clash. Alexandre Lacazette for Gabriel Martinelli is a possibility, but the former has been excellent since his return from injury and could therefore keep his spot.
Possible Line-up (4-3-3); Leno, Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney, Xhaka, Saka, Elneny, Smith Rowe, Martinelli, Aubameyang.
- We have scored in all 24 of our Premier League meetings with West Brom, the best 100% scoring record against an opponent in the competition’s history.
- Only against Man City and Man Utd (17 each) has Sam Allardyce lost more Premier League games than he has vs. Arsenal (16)
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been involved in 17 goals in 15 Premier League games against promoted sides (13 goals, 4 assists).
- West Brom are unbeaten in their last three Premier League Home games against us (Won 2, Drawn 1)
- We have won just one of our last six Premier League away games against promoted sides (Drawn 2, Lost 3)
- Head to Head (All competitions)—Played 141. Arsenal Win – 72. Drawn – 31. Lost – 28
Kick-off Time: 9:00 pm WAT
Due to the current form of both teams, we will be expecting a very tight contest with few goals to be scored though we expecting the Gunners to secure a victory here.
West Bromwich Albion 0 – 2 Arsenal
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!
Match Preview by Adeyemo Adesola/Leonard Omofomah