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Albion v Arsenal match preview

31 December 2017

ALBION will be looking to build on a positive draw against Everton when they play Arsenal at The Hawthorns on New Year’s Eve (ko 4.30pm).

The opposition  

Arsenal currently sit 6th in the Premier League table having accumulated 37 points from their 20 games so far this season.

Arsene Wenger’s side have won two and drawn three of their last five games, and are still competing across all four competitions that they started the season taking part in.

The Gunners won their Europa League group to set up a Round of 32 tie against Ostersunds FK, are in the semi finals of the Carabao Cup where they take on Chelsea and begin their FA Cup campaign with a trip to Nottingham Forest next month.

Last time out 

The most recent game between the two teams was back in September when an Alexandre Lacazette brace handed Arsenal a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium.

The last meeting at The Hawthorns, however, was a 3-1 win for Albion in March thanks to a couple of Craig Dawson goals and a Hal Robson-Kanu strike despite Alexis Sanchez’s early opener.

Dawson celebrates scoring against Arsenal last season.

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Albion

  • This will be the first time the Baggies have ever played Arsenal on New Year’s Eve.
  • Albion have won their last two matches against The Gunners at The Hawthorns - a 3-1 victory last season and a 2-1 win the campaign before.
  • Gareth McAuley will make his 200th Premier League appearance for the Club if he plays any part of the game against Arsenal.

Arsenal

  • Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet from their last nine visits to The Hawthorns in all competitions.
  • There hasn't been a goalless draw between the sides since way back in November 1985 - a run stretching back an incredible 28 games.
  • The Gunners have made the second most amount of passes in the PL so far this season (12,623).

From the archive

Here are the highlights from last season’s 3-1 win over Arsenal.

Head to head

The head-to-head record doesn't make for particularly good reading if you’re an Albion fan.

From the 140 meetings, the Baggies have won on 38 occasions, drawn 31 of the games and been defeated 71 times.

Man in the middle

Mike Dean will be the referee, and he’ll be assisted by Simon Long and Ian Hussin - with Chris Kavanagh as the fourth official.

Dean has officiated the Baggies twice so far this campaign, the draw at Leicester and the loss to Swansea.

Ticket news

Tickets for our final game of 2017 remain on general sale.

Seats for the clash are priced at £30 Adults, £24 Seniors, £10 Students & Young Adults and £5 Juniors.

You can buy match tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Arsenal is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to free live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. Join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on New Year’s Eve.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

Facebook - West Bromwich Albion

Instagram - wba

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Match Reports

Albion 1 Arsenal 1

31 December 2017

JAY Rodriguez struck an 89th minute penalty as Albion closed 2017 with a 1-1 draw with Arsenal on New Year's Eve.

The visitors looked set to claim all three points from an entertaining encounter when Alexis Sanchez struck with a deflected 83rd-minute free-kick.

But the Baggies, roared home by a season-high Hawthorns attendance of 26,223, snatched an equaliser at the death after Rodriguez converted from the spot; Calum Chambers adjudged to have handled in the area.

Following his sad passing on Boxing Day, the club paid a series of tributes to Richard Eades, 42, a much-loved Baggies stalwart with almost 30 years association, including his regular matchday duties as Baggie Bird sidekick Albi.

Albion's players, wearing black armbands, forced the first meaningful action of the encounter after just six minutes, Jay Rodriguez seeing his header kept out by Petr Cech.

Alexandre Lacazette saw his effort deflected narrowly wide before Alex Iwobi curled over when well placed on the edge of the penalty area.

Chris Brunt fired off target with a 20-yard free-kick and Granit Xhaka and Iwobi both tested Ben Foster amid a lively, albeit goalless, first 45 minutes.

Foster saved well with his feet to deny Lacazette on the hour mark before the Frenchman flicked a deft touch narrowly wide from Alexis Sanchez's throughball.

Ahmed Hegazi denied the Chile international with a superb sliding block before Cech kept out Rodriguez at the other end.

With the game heading for a goalless stalemate, Sanchez was felled by Craig Dawson outside the area. His free-kick bounced off James McClean in the home wall before finding the net, seeming to give Arsene Wenger three points in his record 811th Premier League game in charge.

It was a cruel blow for the Baggies who gave as good as they got across the 90 minutes. But Alan Pardew's men battled to the end and got their just rewards when former Gunner Kieran Gibbs' cross hit Calum Chambers on the arm inside the penalty area.

Mike Dean pointed to the spot - Albion's first penalty since September 2016 - and Rodriguez slammed home from 12 yards to send the home fans into raptures.

Albion now face a quick turnaround as they travel to West Ham United on Tuesday, January 2.

ALBION: Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans (c), Gibbs, Phillips (McClean 72), Livermore, Barry, Brunt (Krychowiak 72), Rodriguez, Robson-Kanu (Nyom 75).

Subs: Myhill, McAuley, Yacob, Burke.

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Ticket News

Arsenal tickets remain on general sale

31 December 2017

TICKETS remain on general sale for Albion’s final game of 2017.

The Baggies face Arsenal at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Sunday, December 31 (ko 4.30pm).

Seats for the New Year’s Eve clash are priced £30 Adults, £24 Seniors, £10 Students & Young Adults and £5 Juniors.

You can buy match tickets online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

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