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Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns to take on seventh placed West Brom, in a match that the Gunners cannot afford to lose.
Manager Arsene Wenger can at least reflect on a victory last week rather than a loss, and last weekend’s FA Cup victory over non-league Lincoln City has given Arsenal some optimism as they can now look forward to a trip to Wembley and a real chance for silverware.
With fellow contenders for the top four - Manchester City and Liverpool - duking it out, it means that at least one of them will drop points and open a window for Arsenal to jump nearer to the Champions League places. Arsenal do have two games in hand over fourth placed Liverpool, but are five points behind the Reds.
All provided that the Gunners defeat West Brom
This won’t be an easy task, as Tony Pulis has organised West Brom rigidly, and their league position shows that the Baggies are a formidable outfit indeed.
Arsenal will have few injury worries, but Santi Cazorla is ruled out for the season. Mohamed Elneny has returned from his ankle injury and could be involved in the squad, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Kieran Gibbs will have fitness tests before the game to judge whether they can take part.
Aside from this, Arsene Wenger can afford to rotate his team, but with their last game a week ago, every player should be fit and raring to go. This means a return to fitness for playmaker Mesut Ozil after a bout of sickness.
Tony Pulis is sweating on the fitness of one of his brightest lights this season. Winger Matty Phillips looks to be out of the game with a hamstring injury, but striker Salomon Rondon will be ready to give Arsenal’s back four a rigorous examination.
The Gunners have lost three of their last four Premiership games, and are in real danger of losing ground on those coveted spots in the top four.
West Brom could well decide much for Arsenal, and for Arsene Wenger .
West Brom vs Arsenal Betting Tips & Predictions
Predicted Lineup - Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal,
Xhaka, Ramsey, Walcott, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud
Predicted Scoreline - 2-1 Arsenal
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