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

Arsenal travel to the Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a preview with team news and line-ups for the game.

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Arsenal travel to the Midlands to take on West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon looking to maintain the pressure on the top-four.

We head into this weekends action in fine form having won five of our last six games, leaving us just two points off fourth placed Chelsea and four behind third placed Tottenham – but we hold a game in hand over our north London rivals.

With both Chelsea and Tottenham not playing until Sunday, this game gives us a great chance to put the pressure on and move into the top-four with a win.

Last week’s 4-1 victory over Reading was as easy a game as your likely to get in the Premier League and it wouldn’t have flattered us if we’d have scored double figures. While the visitors were poor opposition that day, we played some great stuff and more of the same on Saturday should give us a great chance of claiming another three points.

West Brom are coasting to the finish line having already secured their place in the top-flight for another year but with Steve Clarke’s men sitting in an impressive 8th position in the table, they won’t be taking games lightly and will want to finish as high as possible this season.

They lost 3-1 at West Ham last weekend but have been a difficult side to beat at home, so it’s not going to be an easy game by any stretch of the imagination.

Team News

Unfortunately, Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott are once again missing with ankle and thigh injuries. However, the pair are back running outside and could return next week against Norwich.

Nacho Monreal is expected to play after shaking off a minor knock picked up when he smashed his knee into the post trying to prevent Reading’s consolation goal last weekend. Kieran Gibbs is pushing him for the left-back spot and may come in if Arsene Wenger decides to shake things up.

Abou Diaby is our only major long-term injury concern and I can’t see the boss making too many changes from the side that eased past the Royals. That means Thomas Vermaelen and Wojciech Szczesny are likely to continue on the bench.

Gervinho and Tomas Rosicky were impressive last week and probably deserve to keep their places but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski are waiting in the wings if Wenger makes any changes.

WBA will be without midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu for the game after he stupidly got himself sent off last week for kicking the ball at an opponent against West Ham last week. James Morrison is expected to step in after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Likely Line-ups

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Predicted Score

We have fond memories of this fixture from last season when Martin Fullop helped us to a 3-2 win on the final day and with it securing 3rd place in the Premier League which eventually consigned Tottenham to the Europa League. Hopefully history will repeat itself! WBA 1-3 Arsenal

What would be your starting eleven and whats your score prediction for the game?  Get involved in the comments section below.

33 Comments

33 Comments

  1. bob

    April 5, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    i see this as a draw 1-2,which will be ok as i see spuds lossing 2-1 to the toffee heads!

  2. Bilyaminu Tambuwal

    April 5, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    My prediction and hope is that, arsenal may win 2-0, Up Gunners!

  3. biye

    April 5, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    WAB 1 Arsenal 3

  4. gogooner

    April 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    1-3 go gunners

  5. Kabiru musa

    April 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Westbro 0 vs ARSENAL 5, UP ARSENAL!

  6. sayuti

    April 5, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    5_0 to arsenal.

    • Tom mtitu

      April 6, 2013 at 7:09 am

      WBA 0 _ 3 ARS

  7. Sibeso

    April 5, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    WBA 1 : ARS 2

  8. majorjoe

    April 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    i agree with your line up and think we will win 4-1

  9. Elijah

    April 5, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Westbrom 1-4 Arsenal, Up guuners

  10. Dejenekebede

    April 5, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    WBA 1 : ARSENAL 1

  11. Mayowa

    April 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Arsenal 4-0 Westbrown

  12. Femaj

    April 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Westbrom 1-3 Arsenal

  13. Patrick Abba

    April 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Arsenal wil win 3-1

  14. lwasa jeri

    April 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    arsenal 7 wba 0

  15. Ayilara AbdulQadri

    April 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Arsenal 3~0 westbrom, i agree with your line up

  16. Aliyu Adamu Bello

    April 5, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Arsenal 2 WBA 1

  17. Desmond

    April 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Yea…ur line up isnt bad at all. It’s nt gona b an easy game cus WBA re impressive at home nd re also physical but I see arsenal cumin out victorious. WBA 1-3 ARS…Gunnerz till I meet my maker!

  18. Ibrahim mahamud

    April 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Westbrom 1-3 Arsenal arteta , rosicky , casorla

  19. Zubair.hammed1

    April 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    W.B.A 1 Arsenal 3

  20. nkusuny

    April 5, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    Westbrom 0 Arsenal 1

  21. Jimmsonic

    April 5, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Wba 0 arsenal 2

  22. Okechukwu peter c

    April 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Westbrom 0 3 Arsenalfc

  23. emahtex

    April 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Though it maybe tough but we’ll win 3 1 gunazzzz4life

  24. Isiyaku amadu

    April 5, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    Westbrown 2 -5 arsenal up gooners

  25. boniface njarally

    April 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Grouuuuudd!!!! yes 2-0

  26. Adewale

    April 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    WBA 1-4 ARS sure cos i trust my club,,,,,,oliver g 2 cazola 2

  27. ademola

    April 6, 2013 at 1:51 am

    1- 0 up gunner’s

  28. hassan balance

    April 6, 2013 at 4:45 am

    WBA 0=2 ARSENAL

  29. maikudi

    April 6, 2013 at 5:09 am

    I’wish arsenal the best of luck

  30. Yuzzufu Abdullah

    April 6, 2013 at 6:17 am

    arsenal look very dangerous when they line up tomas rosicky (the little mozart) and if he appears in the starting 11 as shown above then the gunners may win 2-1 up gunners 4ever !!!

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