Preview - West Brom vs Arsenal 1 Jan

Started by Bensergi, Dec 31, 2017, 05:02 PM

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West Brom vs Arsenal

This will be Arsene Wenger's 811th Premier League match, the most of any manager in the competition.

The Frenchman will overtake Sir Alex Ferguson, whose 810th and final EPL match was a 5-5 draw, coincidentally against West Brom, Arsenal's opponents for the day.

Good thing is that he can celebrate this milestone with his favourite opponent. Against Alan Pardew, Wegner has not been beaten in the past 12 encounters (D3, L9).

But something worth to note is that Pardew only took charge of the Baggies last month. The Midlands club have won their last two home league matches against Arsenal, as many as they had in their previous 23 against them at The Hawthorns!

West Brom striker Salomon Rondon (thigh) is expected to miss two matches, while Nacer Chadli (also thigh) could be out for two months. Midfielder James Morrison (calf) is close to a return.

Arsenal's Nacho Monreal (ankle) remains doubtful, while Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Olivier Giroud (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are out.

Prediction: West Brom 1-3 Arsenal


Match Stats:

  • West Brom 1-1 Arsenal
  • Shots: 14-14
  • Possession: 35%-65%
  • Corner kicks: 5-6

Arsene Wenger's record 811th Premier League match as manager ended in frustration as Jay Rodriguez's late penalty earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

An 83rd-minute James McClean own goal appeared to have earned the Gunners a hard-fought away win at The Hawthorns until Rodriguez levelled from the spot in the 89th minute, following a handball by Calum Chambers.

In the first half Arsenal's Alex Iwobi curled over before Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster saved two long-range shots.

Though Rodriguez forced a good save from Petr Cech, Arsenal looked to have sealed victory when Alexis Sanchez's free-kick deflected in off McClean.

But West Brom ensured they remain undefeated against the Gunners in their last three home matches.

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