Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Ramsey, Arteta, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud
Arsenal just have to win their next two games to secure their fourth place Champions League spot ahead of Everton with only West Brom and Norwich standing in their way. Arsene Wenger has led his side to three consecutive wins ever since his lost to the Toffees in early April. No changes are expected to be made with the line up as they try to make it four wins in four as the Gunner still have some injury doubts with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thomas Vermaelen. The side will still be without the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Jack Wilshire, and Theo Walcott, who are all out of the next match, if not the final match as well.
West Bromwich Albion (4-2-3-1): Foster, Jones, Dawson, Olsson, Brunt, Mulumbu, Morrison, Amalfitano, Sessegnon, Dorrans, Vydra
West Brom having a game in hand can take this double game week opportunity to secure Premier League survival by grabbing three points in one of their two upcoming games. The match against Arsenal look to be the harder of the two with the one being against relegation struggles Sunderland a few days after. Pepe Mel’s side has been on and off throughout the last month with two wins, two draws, and two loses in as many games. With two games in the space of three days, the manager will need to prepare for both games as to keep his players rotated. An injury to Steven Reid means Chris Brunt may drop to left back with James Morrison being brought into midfield. Goal scorer from last weekend Saido Berahino could be rested as Matej Vydra looks to play the lone striker. Gareth McAuley is the only injury doubt and could start on the bench as Liam Ridgewell will be out of the match with a knee injury.
Arsenal vs west brom Hope arsenal by 3-0
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Back in the 2011 – 2012 season, West Bromwich Albion played Arsenal in a match the Baggies fans would love to forget. The Gunners took advantage of two howlers made by then West Brom goalkeeper Marton Fulop resulting in a vital three points to secure a place in the upcoming Champions League. Similar stakes are up for grabs for the London side as they prepare to grab three vital points.
Olivier Giroud looks to capitalize on a his fine performance from Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Newcastle in a game where he score one and provided another. The Frenchman has bagged 15 goals this season and an additional eight assist as he looks to add more to his tally before the season ends.
Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion: An Alternative Preview
Arsenal have scored in all 15 previous games against the Baggies in the Barclays Premier League (W10 D3 L2).
West Brom have drawn four of their five Barclays Premier League games in London this season (L1).
Arsenal last failed to score in a Premier League game in May back in 2009 (0-0 v Man Utd).
The Gunners have scored 109 Premier League goals in May, more than any other side.
Arsenal have scored exactly three goals in each of their last three Premier League games.
Arsenal are on the longest current winning run in the Premier League (three games).
Mesut Ozil has been involved in 14 goals in 24 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.
WBA have lost only one of their last five league games (W2 D2).
The Baggies have won only three of their 20 Premier League games played in May.
The four teams immediately below West Brom in the table have won more games than them this season.