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

By on December 7, 2012

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Arsenal welcome high-flying West Brom to the Emirates on Saturday afternoon looking to get their flagging Premier League season back on track.

We currently sit 10th in the league after last weeks disappointing 2-0 defeat to Swansea but crucially we’re only five points off third-placed Chelsea, so a win tomorrow could see us leap up to sixth and within touching distance of the top-four.

The Gunners head into the game off the back of Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Olympiakos but while the final result wasn’t what we’d have hoped for, the performance of the vastly under-strength side was encouraging, particularly in the first half.

Steve Clarke’s side are flying high this season and are currently level on points with Chelsea and Tottenham, and have already beaten the likes of Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea so we know we’re in for a game on Saturday.

Team News

Arsenal will be without Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott for the game after the pair were ruled out with hamstring and calf injuries. I hope Tomas Rosicky gets a start as he was excellent in the first half in Greece. If he plays, expect Cazorla to move out to the left side with Rosicky in the middle alongside Wilshere and Arteta.

Right back Bacary Sagna is also out along with Laurent Koscielny who continues to be sidelined with a thigh strain. Andre Santos, Abou Diaby and Lukasz Fabianski are all out as well.

West Brom are in the unenviable position of having virtually a fully-fit squad to choose from. Keeper Ben Foster is the only absentee so Boaz Myhill will continue to deputise in goal.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

I have a feeling the Emirates crowd will play a big part tomorrow. It’s clear the fans frustration is rubbing off on the players and i think it’s time we forget our differences with the board/manager and get behind the team before this season really gets away from us. Despite our worst start in nearly 20 years we’re still only a couple of wins away from being right back in the mix for the top-four, so lets kick start the season with a win on Saturday. Arsenal 2-1 West Brom. COYG!

What would your team be and what’s your predicted score for the game? Get involved in the comments section.

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22 Comments

  1. lengooner

    December 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    We’ll be ok as long as Gerviniodoesn’t get on the pitch.
    Clown hair,clown brain, clown on the pitch.
    It’s players like him who get managers the sack.

  2. Benjamin nwobodo

    December 7, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Arsene wenger should try and strengthen his team

  3. Enkuneh

    December 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Arsenal 2 Westbrom 3
    Supporting baggies is helping Arsenal!! in wenger we rust!!
    Wenger out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out out of Arsenal

    • Oguntuase Amos

      December 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      You are one of the useless and stupid fans who are destroying Arsenal. You will surely get expired and rust out.

  4. Thiery

    December 7, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Arsenal 3 – 2 westbrom

  5. prince Emmanuel

    December 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Arsenal 3 west brom 1
    up gooners

  6. pascal

    December 7, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Winger becareful gunners all the way

  7. Maka udo

    December 7, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Wenger is good. Asernal 2: west brom 1

  8. arahel

    December 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Arsenal 1-3 west brom bcos we dnt need arsen wenger on that post we need new coach,we need trophies on gunners we trust.

  9. allan1340

    December 7, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Even some fans is against Arsen it is stupid that we talk about who should stay or who should go at the moment we have to wait and se what will there happend with this team until January if there is some progres then we are in right spot give them chance. I really hope we win tomorrow but it is difficult to predict about this team i just hope for the best good luck to all Arsena fans.

  10. heniorla

    December 7, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    I wish arsenal f.c best of luck in tomoro’s game;i beg mr WENGER to please leave us alone you need rest.

  11. Sam

    December 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Some of Arsenal fans are really stupid and immature, you only have to read some of the comments above to realise this. They are unbelievably fickle and if Arsenal wins tomorrow they will hail Arsen as a savoir. Having said that, Arsenal may not win the match tomorrow, but we should not stop supporting our team and manager because they are having a bad period.

    • flo bizzle

      December 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm

      i agree

  12. flo bizzle

    December 7, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    I bleed arsenal red. everly!!!!!!
    arsenal 2 west brom 1

  13. efrem

    December 7, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Arsenal 4 Wb 0 that was my wish but not hapen this days thanks mr WENGER for make our time from fab football club to ARsda seLling club we gunners fun we need a trophy I don’t won’t to see players like ramsy suqulaci diyabi arshven santos etc even they don’t now how to play

  14. Goonerboyo

    December 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    This is the same tired demoralised team lacking confidence who roused themselves for just 15 min in the comprehensive defeat to Swansea, who had in their previous game utterly demolished West Brom. Let us be honest and realistic, with no one to come in from our inadequate squad to refresh the team and revive our fortunes…I see a loss 1-2, at best a 1-1 draw. This is a judgement on pragmatic team development subservient to guaranteeing improving shareholder dividends, cos that is where the money has gone that would have brought in the players we need.

  15. Chad

    December 8, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Arsenal 2:0 W.B.A u idiots.

  16. franklin

    December 8, 2012 at 5:51 am

    to tell u de fact,anything less than a win is not acceptable papa wenger.

  17. Kerry boy

    December 8, 2012 at 5:58 am

    Arsen wenger is a good coach but d problem dat he gives players dat will kill d match chance 2 spoil our match. In Wenger we trust. Arsenal 4 wba 1

  18. Maaruf

    December 8, 2012 at 6:58 am

    If ramsey and gervinho are to start the game, i wont evén suffer my self to go and our watch, because there blunders will make us loose! Fact

  19. Allen anpes

    December 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I think they should concentrate on using the 4-5-1a formation,they should be more defensive and they should settle more on setpieces this will really help out on the tactics and the players as well like cazorla and rosicky.

  20. julius james

    December 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    ARSENAL 3 WESTBROm 0 the problem is not wenger to go but who will fill his shoes, if you take a look at arsenal team wenger is trying but the players is to be blame especially ramsy i dont know why wenger like that boy. UP UP UP GUNNERS FOR LIFE

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