Barclays Premier League
Sunday 24th May 2015, 3:00pm
Emirates Stadium


The game will be the 135th competitive meeting of the two clubs. The Gunners currently have 67 wins to their name compared to the Baggies' 36.

Albion last played a game on May 24 in 2009 when an already relegated side ended the season with a 0-0 draw against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

Arsenal's last game on this date also took place in 2009 when the Gunners ended their season with a 4-1 win at home over Stoke City.

Albion have only once won their final Premier League game of the season - against Portsmouth in 2005.

Arsenal's last defeat on the final day of the season was 10 years ago. They are unbeaten in the subsequent nine matches (W7, D2).

Albion have ended a league season with a game against Arsenal on three previous occasions - 1984/85 (H, 2-2); 1967/68 (A, 1-2) and 1959/60 (H, 1-0).

Albion are unbeaten in five Premier League matches for the first time since September to October 2013 (W3, D2).

Arsenal have scored in each of their previous 22 league and cup games against Albion. The last time the Gunners drew a blank came in a 0-0 draw at The Hawthorns back in November 1985.

Albion's last six games: Chelsea (H) 3-0; Newcastle United (A) 1-1; Manchester United (A) 1-0; Liverpool (H) 0-0; Crystal Palace (A) 2-0; Leicester City (H) 2-3.

Arsenal's last six games: Sunderland (H) 0-0; Manchester United (A) 1-1; Swansea City (H) 0-1; Hull City (A) 3-1; Chelsea (H) 0-0; Reading (FAC SF, Wembley) 2-1.



Baggies' boss Tony Pulis will have an almost fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the trip to the Emirates with only goalkeeper Ben Foster expected to be missing.


Danny Welbeck is missing after suffering a knee injury which has also made him a doubt for next weekend's FA Cup final.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy are back in training after hamstring injuries but will not be considered for the game.



Albion Win: 7/1,  Arsenal Win: 4/11, Draw: 4/1.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 9/1, Anichebe 9/1, Ideye 11/1, McManaman 12/1, Gardner 14/1, Sessegnon 14/1, Brunt 20/1, Morrison 20/1, Dawson 25/1, Fletcher 25/1, Mulumbu 25/1, McAuley 28/1, Lescott 28/1, Olsson  33/1.

Arsenal: Sanchez 7/2, Giroud 7/2, Ramsey 5/1, Ozil 13/2, Walcott 13/2, Cazorla 7/1, Rosicky 11/1, Wilshere 16/1, Diaby 20/1, Arteta 20/1, Flamini 25/1, Mertesacker 25/1, Coquelin 33/1, Bellerin 33/1, Koscielyny 33/1, Monreal 33/1.

No goalscorer: 16/1.



Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)

Madley has officiated one Albion game during 2014/15 - the 2-0 win over Swansea City at The Hawthorns in February.

Prior to the game with the Swans he had officiated Albion on two previous occasions - the 3-0 win at Southampton in April 2013 and the League Cup tie at home to Arsenal in September 2013 which the Baggies lost on penalties.

The West Yorkshire official has taken charge of one Arsenal game this season - the 2-0 FA Cup win at home to Hull City in January.

Madley has issued 93 yellow cards and five red in the 29 games he has officiated so far this season.

A full run-down of Madley's history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


The Baggies have sold their entire allocation of 2,900 tickets for the game.


Light rain, 18°C.


The very first meeting between the clubs came in friendly action during the 1891/92 season, the game ending 1-1 in front of an estimated 5,000 fans in Plumstead.

The two clubs first met in competitive action during the 1900/01 season, Albion running out 1-0 winners in a FA Cup second round tie at the then Woolwich Arsenal's Manor Ground. Ben Garfield was the scorer of the only goal of the game.

The first league meeting of the two clubs came during the following season, Albion losing the first game at Arsenal 2-1 before winning the return game twelve days later at The Hawthorns by the same scoreline. Chippy Simmons and Billy Lee were the Albion goalscorers.

Albion's biggest win against Arsenal came in October 1922 at The Hawthorns, Tipton-born striker Freddie Morris hitting four goals in a 7-0 victory.

Arsenal's best victory over Albion is 6-2, achieved in September 1970 at Highbury, Ray Kennedy and George Graham both hitting doubles.

The Baggies' last victory over Arsenal came in September 2010 when goals from Peter Odemwingie, Gonzalo Jara and Jerome Thomas guided Roberto Di Matteo's Albion to a famous 3-2 win at the Emirates Stadium.

Albion's last win over Arsenal at The Hawthorns came during the 2005/06 season, Kanu and Darren Carter scoring the goals that earned Bryan Robson's men a 2-1 victory.

Albion have won just four out of the last 40 league and cup meetings between the two side whilst the Gunners are unbeaten in eight league meetings with the Baggies, winning six of them.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


(Click on a game to view)

Wednesday 25 September 2013 - Albion 1-1 Arsenal (3-4 on penalties) - Capital One Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 15 October 2005 - Albion 2-1 Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 15 November 1980 - Arsenal 2-2 Albion - First Division - Highbury
Saturday 24 April 1971 - Albion 2-2 Arsenal - First Division - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 12 February 1969 - Albion 1-0 Arsenal - FA Cup 5th Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 6 March 1937 - Albion 3-1 Arsenal - FA Cup QF - The Hawthorns


Arsenal 1-0 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 4th May 2014, 1:30pm

Arsenal: Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal (Vermaelen 80); Cazorla (Rosicky 70), Flamini, Arteta (c) (Kallstrom 63), Ozil; Podolski; Giroud. Subs not used: Fabianski (gk), Jenkinson, Diaby, Sanogo.

Goalscorer: Giroud 14

Booked: Monreal 64 (foul), Giroud 90+2 (unsporting behaviour).

Albion: Foster; Dawson, Lugano, Olsson, Brunt (c); Amalfitano (Anichebe 80), Mulumbu (Vydra 85), Morrison, Dorrans; Sessegnon; Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), O’Neil, Sinclair, McAuley, Yacob.

Booked: Brunt 83 (dissent), Dorrans 90+2 (unsporting behaviour).

Attendance: 60,021

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

Arsenal coasted to a 1-0 win over West Brom in their final Barclays Premier League home match of the season at the Emirates Stadium. Following Everton's defeat by Manchester City on Saturday, the Gunners were already secure of fourth spot, and with it a chance of qualifying for the Champions League group stages once again next season. Olivier Giroud headed in his 22nd goal of the campaign in all competitions after 14 minutes, which proved enough to see off West Brom, who are all but secure of their top-flight status with two matches left still to play. Arsenal made just one change from the XI which had beaten Newcastle here on Monday night, as Mathieu Flamini came in for Aaron Ramsey, who was rested because of a minor thigh problem but one which is not expected to keep the Wales midfielder out of contention for the FA Cup final.

It was a bright start by Arsenal in the May sunshine, with Lukas Podolski driving just wide and then Santi Carzola's blocked effort flying over. From the resulting corner, Arsenal took the lead. Giroud showed great strength to hold off Craig Dawson, who was man-handling the France forward, and powered a header in at the near post for a 16th Premier League goal. West Brom, four points clear of trouble before kick-off, looked to rally, but with only Saido Berahino at the head of a five-man midfield, they offered little penetration in the final third. James Morrison floated a long-range effort over the bar as he looked to catch Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny off his line. Arsenal were soon back on the offensive, with Flamini sending over a low cross which was kicked away by Baggies keeper Ben Foster. On 31 minutes, Szczesny had his hands stung by a rasping 25-yard drive from Graham Dorrans, which the Poland keeper beat down and Berahino hooked the loose ball over the crossbar, but had been flagged offside. Arsenal then almost made it 2-0 on the break when Podolski got away down the left and his low centre was flicked towards the bottom left corner by Cazorla, but Foster got down to make a superb reaction save.

The second half tempo showed little sign of a dramatic improvement, with West Brom aware bar an unlikely away win for Norwich at Chelsea later, then they would have no genuine concerns with two matches still to edge on from 36 points. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger insisted his side would not drop focus ahead of the FA Cup final against Hull in a fortnight's time and they at least did show some purpose as the hour approached, with Giroud in determined mood chasing down the visitors backline. The France forward was only inches away from connecting with a lovely curling cross from the left by Mesut Ozil, growing into his role following a return to fitness from a hamstring tear. With 25 minutes left, Mikel Arteta was replaced by Kim Kallstrom, the Sweden international signed on loan from Spartak Moscow in January. Tomas Rosicky then soon came on for Cazorla to try to inject some fresh pace into Arsenal's forward play. Szczesny blocked a determined run from Morgan Amalfitano into the Arsenal box as the Baggies upped their quest for an equaliser. Ozil scuffed his shot after collecting a knockdown from Giroud into the right side of the penalty area. Podolski then - with the whole goal to aim at just six yards out - missed his kick and clipped the ball against the woodwork, before it dropped to a grateful Foster. But for a couple of corners for West Brom, that proved to be the last meaningful action of a game which was for large spells played at a pedestrian pace, the hard work for both sides already done.



Albion's current Technical Director Terry Burton started his playing career with Arsenal and would later spend a number of years on the Gunners' coaching staff.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Russ Allen, Kwame Ampadu, Nicolas Anelka, Paul Barron, Vince Bartram, Brendan Batson, Henry Boyd, Chris Buckley, Gary Campbell, Kevin Campbell, Joseph Connor, David Cork, Freddie Cox, Bobby Dixon, George Drury, Frank Dyer, Bobby Gould, Adam Haywood, Don Howe, Junichi Inamoto, Nwankwo Kanu, Andy Marriott, Alan Miller, Horace Parkes, Jay Simpson, Brian Talbot, Jerome Thomas, Carlos Vela, Steve Walford and Chris Whyte.

Don Howe played for and managed both clubs; Former Arsenal and Albion players Brian Talbot and Bobby Gould were also both managers at The Hawthorns; Albion manager of the 1960s Archie Macaulay played for Arsenal; Gordon Clark, Albion's manager from 1959-61 later became chief scout at Arsenal; Former Albion assistant manager Colin Addison had a spell as a player at Highbury; George Wright was a physio / trainer at both clubs; Baggies' inside-forward of the 1950s Brian Whitehouse coached at both clubs.


 Home 68 24 17 27 96 93
 Away 65 12 14 39 73 137
 Neutral 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Total 134 36 31 67 169 231


Sat 29 Nov 2014 Premier League H 0-1 Welbeck     24,228
Sun 04 May 2014 Premier League A 0-1 Giroud     60,021
Sun 06 Oct 2013 Premier League H 1-1 Yacob - Wilshere     24,839
Wed 25 Sep 2013 League Cup H 1-1 aet Berahino -  Eisfeld          (Arsenal won 4-3 on pens)     18,649
Sat 06 Apr 2013 Premier League H 1-2 Morrison (pen) - Rosicky 2     26,144
Sat 08 Dec 2012 Premier League A 0-2 Arteta 2 (2 pens)     60,083
Sun 13 May 2012 Premier League H 2-3 Long, Dorrans - Benayoun, Santos, Koscielny     26,358
Sat 05 Nov 2011 Premier League A 0-3 van Persie, Vermaelen, Arteta     60,091
Sat 19 Mar 2011 Premier League H 2-2 Reid, Odemwingie - Arshavin, van Persie     25,729
Sat 25 Sep 2010 Premier League A 3-2 Odemwingie, Jara, Thomas - Nasri 2     60,025


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