This is definitely one of the most interesting matches on Saturday’s program within the 16th round of the English Premier league, where a favored Arsenal, who currently holds only a 10th place welcomes at their Emirates probably the most pleasant surprise of this season, a team of West Brom, who is currently on a brilliant fifth place, with as many as five points more than the Gunners from London have.
In the last season, both matches finished with a victory of Arsenal, while the season earlier the Baggies were slightly more successful ,by celebrating away and pulling a draw at home.
Arsenal manager,Arsene Wenger :
“The danger of our situation is the margin for error is very small, but it is also a good opportunity to show we can be consistent, and I believe we can be,” Wenger said.
“Let’s not go overboard. We have 24 games to play, we are in all the competitions, how many clubs would love to [be], so it is down to us to make the season right and to turn the season around well on our side.
“I am confident we will and I believe we have the quality to do it.”
After two defeats in a row the Baggies coach Clarke said:
“Even the top sides don’t win every week. There is no reason to expect you should win every game.
“It’s a league where you can have a run of difficult results. Our aim is to make sure we get back on a positive footing as soon as possible with a good performance at the Emirates this weekend.”
“We’ve never said that we are a top-six side, we’ve never said anything about the team.
“All we’ve said is that we are a good, honest, hard-working bunch, we know we can compete in the Premier League and we try to do that every week.
Team News and lineups
Forwards Lukas Podolski (hamstring) and Theo Walcott (calf),defender Laurent Koscielny (thigh) are definitely out,while Bacary Sagna is a doubtful,while Andre Santos and Abou Diaby are still on rehabilitation.
ARSENAL PROBABLE LINEUP : Szczesny – Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs – Wilshere, Arteta – Walcott, Cazorla, Gervinho – Giroud
Goalkeeper Ben Foster is the only absentee for WBA and coach Clarke has a full squad available.
WBA PROBABLE LINEUP : Myhill – Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Popov – Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt – Odemwingie, Long
Match Prediction : Both teams are in some bad shape,still the bad series of Gunners is a much longer and a home pitch would be a good place to get back on the wining track.Arsenal to win.Another possible tip would be Arsenal to score more than one goal.
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