WBA vs Arsenal: Preview, Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

By on May 11, 2012

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The final game of the season is upon us and it promises to be a nerve-racking 90 minutes for Gooners as Arsenal take on West Brom this Sunday.

West Brom away isn’t the ideal fixture when your desperate for three points, but add the fact that it’s Roy Hodgson’s final game in charge before he takes up his role as England manager, it makes the task that much harder.

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Hodgson is on course to sign off in style by guiding West Brom to an impressive top 10 finish, and the Baggies are ending the season well, losing just one of their last five games.

But it’s Arsenal i care about and a win will secure third place, which will guarantee Champions League football at the Emirates once again next season.

The 3-3 draw last weekend was a farce, but we got away with it as both Tottenham and Newcastle dropped points the following day leaving destiny in our own hands. Tottenham are just one point behind and face Fulham at home, a very winnable fixture, so we can’t afford any slip ups at the Hawthorns.

A nightmare scenario would be we drop points and Spurs finish above us leaving us in fourth and cheering on Bayern Munich next week, but lets not forget a loss combined with a Newcastle win away at Everton would leave us fifth and playing Europa League football for the first time in 14 years.

So let’s not f**k this one up. Go out on Sunday, put in a professional performance and take care of business, and we don’t have to worry about other results.

Team news

The good news is that WBA will be without their captain Chris Brunt after he had his tonsils removed this week. Paul Scharner is in line to make his final appearance for the club, as he’s expected to leave on a free transfer this summer.

Top scorer Peter Odemwingie is also a doubt for the game with a leg injury and former Gunner Jerome Thomas is also struggling with illness.

Arsenal could welcome back Theo Walcott, who will face a fitness test on his hamstring injury ahead of the game. It would be a major boost to get Theo back, so let’s hope he makes the starting line-up come Sunday. If he misses out, i’d like to see Chamberlain given a chance on the right. He was excellent when he came on against Norwich last week.

The bad news is that Bacary Sagna will miss the game after undergoing surgery on a broken fibula last night and is set for several months on the sidelines. This is a huge blow as Sagna has been one of the most consistent performers in recent months.

It’s likely that Francis Coquelin will come in at right back. I like the lad and hope he does the business this weekend, although i don’t think full back is his best position.

Arsene Wenger also confirmed there are doubts over Park, Squillaci and Santos but all three are likely to be available. Abou Diaby joins Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere on the sidelines, meaning we have very few central midfield options. Aaron Ramsey is really struggling but it looks like he will have to start again on Sunday.

Likely line-ups

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Predicted Score

West Brom’s home record is pretty disappointing, having lost 9 of their 18 games so far this season at the Hawthornes, but it’s the fact it’s Roy’s last game that’s got me nervous. The players are likely to be bang up for this one wanting to give Hodgson a good send off. But i just can’t contemplate The Arsenal losing this one, so i have to predict an away win. WBA 1-3 Arsenal. COYG!

What are your thoughts on the game? Leave your opinions in the comments section.

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25 Comments

  1. pistolpete

    May 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I just hope you are right with 1-3 but the way Arsenal been playing lately i won’t hold my breath, Come on Arsenal!!!!

    • samuel

      May 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Wenger should have ben told,in no uncer
      tain terms that failure to take the automatic third place CL qualifier wi
      ll lead to his sacking ,but mediocrity
      and plain stupidity has permeated the
      club after seven tropy trophyless seas
      ons culminating in endless Wenger and his fickle fan,s excuses,the manager hasN,t been able to win the Premier League or CL for seven long seasons but he,ll manage it next season,what a load of bullo cks ,time to go already Arsene. a s

  2. Joseph bitrus

    May 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    In my on prediction is arsenal a goiying to wing the match on sunday by 1 3 but pleace wenger should not us ramsey.i wish gunners good lock on sunday i am gunners 4 life

  3. Idowu Kamoru

    May 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I predict WBA 0 2 Arsenal. Up gunners!!!

  4. oguchi.c

    May 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Wenger should start chamberlain in place of ramsey. My prediction is 1-2

    • Jack

      May 12, 2012 at 3:47 am

      I’d be happy if Arsene played the tea lady in place of Ramsey.

  5. murry adams

    May 11, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    chamberlin should replace ramsey

    • joshua

      May 12, 2012 at 12:27 pm

      YES

  6. sanje

    May 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I dont just know what to say cos Arsenal av been dissapointing lately.anyhow i take solace on the fact that when u expect least from arsenal thats when they surprise people most.i xpect a goal gallour match.Arsenal 4 WBA 1.vam persie to increase his tally.Gunners till Eternity

  7. Omoefe

    May 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Up gunners wba1 arsenal4.wash and see gunners till i die

  8. Buba

    May 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Oh my lovely Arsenal club, i wish u d very best of luck coz sky is ur limit. I remain gunners till d day i stop breathin. WBA 1 – 4 Arsenal.

  9. CeeMan

    May 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    Jenkinson in place of sagna,coque 4 ramsey,ox 4 gervin. D rest shud tk dia place n pls no delay in sub 4 anybdy nt playin well. WBA 1 vs ARS 5. VP hrtrick to set anoda Epl record.

  10. Kurt

    May 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Gonna take my chance to spoil your hopes, you’ve beaten us one out of the last 3 times and you got so lucky last year and we could have so easily done the double over you, I don’t see us losing because the players will be well up for sending roy off well, and ensuring we end up on 50 points and the top half or the table. I’m going with 1 1, but i think we could easily win it

  11. Winner

    May 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    No need for nerves in this game. Arsenal will win it comfortably. There will be no shock results this weekend. However, the next ninety days should see arsenal do what is necessary to turn the side into a competitive side once again and to strengthen the bench. That is where we have been weakest this season. We struggled more than in any other recent season when star players were injured. Remember the 8-2 mauling, the 4-3 loss to blackburn and the January losses when Vermalean, and Arteta joined the long term absentees.

  12. Peter

    May 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Unpredictable,the way arsenal play known you cannot ,predict there match

  13. Peter

    May 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Unpredictable,the way arsenal play known you cannot ,predict there match,but i wish them good luck,gunners4life

  14. ABDIKADIR

    May 11, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    Let ramsey n’t to play this game instead let conqulin or benayuun or chambilin plays so i wish good result “win” wbn 0:4 arsenal but if ramsey starts!!! oh we stil wait a win .

    • caleb

      May 12, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      no i hate ramsey

  15. caligunna16

    May 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    yea ramsey for me really has not cut it so far this season, rather disappointing. I am thinking we should do something more along the lines of this. Song must be careful when he goes forward, and MUST track back. Ramsey walked back and thats how a counter occured over the weekend

    ——-rvp——
    gervinho—–OXO
    yossi——–rosicky
    ——song———
    gibbs–verm–kos–coquelin

  16. Mulamula

    May 11, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I wish we make it this time round.gd luck boys

  17. Pero

    May 12, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I wish Arsenal best luck as we close the season on a high note.I go 4 WBA1:ARSENAL 3

  18. caleb

    May 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    we have to win on the final day arsenal have to score at least 3-0.

  19. Maher

    May 12, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Ramsey should sell tickets outside and the Ox should play. Vermaelean and Koscieny should be reminded that hey are BACKS and not Center Forwards. Their job is to DEFEND. How many times have we been caught on the counter attack? Let the forwards do their jobs, then we may win……hopefully. Arsene couldn’t get the defense right throughout the season, what chance that he will do it now? He always has some silly excuse for leaking goals.

  20. kayode

    May 12, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    i will love wbr0-3ars.

  21. Ajala Taofik

    May 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    After several years with the club, He is yet to get it right, i MEAN Ramsey,Our Qualifications lies in our hands. Pro shd not give us high BP again. WBR 1 ARS 3. Up Gunners.

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