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MATCH PREVIEW: Arsenal v Albion

PUBLISHED

07:00 7th December 2012

Stats and info for tomorrow's trip to the Emirates (ko 3pm)

All-time results record (League, FA Cup and League Cup)


PLDWDLFAGD
HOME
64
24
15259388
 
5

AWAY6312143773134

-61

NEUTRAL100101
-1

TOTAL128362963166223

-57


Interesting facts


There have been 43 goals in the 12 Barclays Premier League matches between the two sides, with Arsenal bagging 28 and Albion 15.

Albion have not been above Arsenal after 15 games of a top-flight season since November 1982. 

The Baggies have not lost three successive Premier League fixtures since January.

The Gunners are currently tenth after 15 games – their worst start to a season in 18 years.

Both teams have scored 24 goals so far this campaign, but Arsene Wenger’s side have conceded 16 compared to Albion’s 19.

Only the bottom six have won fewer home games than the Gunners this term.

The Baggies travel to the Emirates under a different head coach for the fifth consecutive time in the league (Bryan Robson, Tony Mowbray, Roberto Di Matteo, Roy Hodgson, Steve Clarke)

Albion have not kept a clean sheet in their last 16 meetings with the Gunners – not since Nobby Stiles’ side drew 0-0 with Arsenal at The Hawthorns in November 1985. 

Last time out

HOME: Barclays Premier League, Sunday, May 13, 2012, Albion 2 (Long 11, Dorrans 15) Arsenal 3 (Benayoun 4, Santos 30, Koscielny 54)
AWAY: Barclays Premier League, Saturday, November 5, 2011, Arsenal 3 (van Persie 22, Vermaelen 39, Arteta 74) Albion 0

Form guide (last six league matches)

ARSENAL: LDWDDL
ALBION: WWWWLL

Last league match line-ups

ALBION (v Stoke – home L 0-1): Myhill; Reid, McAuley, Olsson (c), Popov; Yacob (Brunt 82), Mulumbu; Rosenberg (Lukaku 64), Gera (Odemwingie 64), Dorrans; Long. Subs not used: L Daniels (gk), Ridgewell, Morrison, Tamas. 

ARSENAL (Barclays Premier League v Swansea - home L 0-2): Szczesny; Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Vermaelen (c), Gibbs; Arteta, Wilshere (Rosicky 80), Cazorla, Walcott; Podolski (Oxlade-Chamberlain 67), Gervinho (Giroud 67). Subs not used: Mannone (gk), Squillaci, Coquelin, Ramsey.

ARSENAL (Champions League v Olympiakos - away L 2-1): Szczesny; Jenkinson, Squillaci, Vermaelen (c), Meade (Angha 83); Ramsey, Rosicky (Arshavin HT), Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Gervinho, Chamakh. Subs not used: Shea (gk), Monteiro, Hajrovic, Ansah, Akpom.

Arsenal team news

Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Theo Walcott (calf), Bacary Sagna (foot), Laurent Koscielny (thigh), Andre Santos (abdominal strain) and Lukasz Fabianski (ankle) are all out. 

Ref watch

Mike Jones will referee Saturday's game. The Chester official last oversaw the Baggies in their 3-2 victory over QPR in October. Jones also officiated Albion’s 3-2 defeat by Arsenal at The Hawthorns on the final day of last season.  He has dished out 41 yellow cards and one red card in 14 games this season. 

Betting

Selected odds from Bet Butler: 

Arsenal to win: 1/2
Albion to win: 13/2
Draw: 10/3

Peter Odemwingie to score first: 11/1
Olivier Giroud to score first: 9/2

If you fancy a flutter with the club's official online betting partner, click here

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