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WEST BROMWICH ALBION v ARSENAL
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 21st November 2015, 3:00pm
The Hawthorns

MATCH NOTES

The game will be the 136th competitive meeting of the two clubs. The Gunners currently have 68 wins to their name compared to the Baggies' 36.

The clubs have met 18 times previously in Premier League action with Arsenal winning 13 games and the Baggies just two.

Albion last played a game on November 21 in 2009 when a Roberto Di Matteo-led team handed out a 4-1 defeat to Bristol City in a Championship clash at The Hawthorns, Jerome Thomas, Chris Brunt and Simon Cox (2) the Baggies' goalscorers.

Arsenal's last game on this date took place in 2012, the Gunners beating French side Montpellier 2-0 in a Champions League game at the Emirates Stadium, Wilshere and Podolski with the goals.

Arsenal have scored in each of their previous 23 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.

Only Aston Villa (two) have earned fewer points than Albion (four) at home in the Premier League this season.

The Baggies have scored just 10 goals in 12 Premier League games - the joint fewest along with Stoke and Villa.

Arsenal have the best away record in the Premier League this season, winning five of their six games so far.

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

Arsenal's last six games: Spurs (H) 1-1; Bayern Munich (A, CL) 1-5, Swansea City (A) 3-0; Sheffield Wednesday (A, LC) 0-3; Everton (H) 2-1; Bayern Munich (H, CL) 2-0.

TEAM NEWS

Albion

Baggies' boss Tony Pulis has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of the visit of the Gunners. Only Gareth McAuley, who is suspended, and long-term injury victim Ben Foster are unavailable.

Arsenal

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey both remain on the sidelines for the Gunners with hamstring injuries but Hector Bellerin is available again after recovering from a groin problem.

MATCH ODDS

Result

Albion Win: 11/2,  Arsenal Win: 8/15, Draw: 3/1.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 9/1, Rondon 9/1, Lambert 10/1, Anichebe 12/1, McClean 14/1, Sessegnon 14/1, McManaman 16/1, Gardner 20/1, Morrison 20/1, Brunt 25/1, Dawson 25/1, Fletcher 33/1.

Arsenal: Giroud 7/2, Sanchez 4/1, Campbell 11/2, Ozil 13/2, Iwobi 8/1, Reine-Adelaide 9/1, Cazorla 9/1, Arteta 14/1, Gibbs 16/1, Flamini 16/1, Koscielny 25/1, Mertesacker 25/1, Chambers 33/1, Coquelin 33/1, Bellerin 33/1, Debuchy 33/1.

No goalscorer: 11/1.

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REFEREE

Mark Clattenburg (County Durham)

Clattenburg has officiated one Albion game so far this season - the 3-2 defeat at home to Chelsea in August.

He officiated three Albion matches last season - the 2-1 FA Cup win at Birmingham in January, the 3-1 Boxing Day defeat against Manchester City and the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace in October.

The County Durham official last took charge of an Arsenal game back in February when the Gunners recorded a 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

Clattenburg has issued 64 yellow cards and two red in the 16 games he has officiated so far this season.

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

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for the game remain on sale to home season ticket holders and members only, priced at 39 adults, 29 seniors (over-60s), 25 students/under-21s and 15 juniors.

WEATHER FORECAST

Sunny but cold, 2C.

FIXTURE HISTORY

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.

Albion's all-time record home attendance of 64,815 was recorded when Arsenal were the visitors for a FA Cup quarter final in March 1937.

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 41 league and cup meetings between the two side whilst the Gunners are unbeaten in nine league meetings with the Baggies, winning seven of them.

Fred Morris (1922) and Derek Kevan (1958) are the only players to have hit hat-tricks for Albion against Arsenal.

James Varty (1912), Lewis Bedford (1921), Bill Ashurst (1926), Geoff Carter & Bobby Hope (1960), Jim Cumbes (1969), Michael Forsyth & Garry Thompson (1983), Scott Carson, Abdoulaye Meite, & Marek Cech (2008) and Marton Fulop (2012) all made their league debuts for Albion against the Gunners.

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

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Wednesday 25 September 2013 - Albion 1-1 Arsenal (3-4 on penalties) - Capital One Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Sunday 13 May 2012 - Albion 2-3 Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Saturday 15 October 2005 - Albion 2-1 Arsenal - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 27 August 2002 - Arsenal 5-2 Arsenal - Premier League - Highbury
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

LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

Albion 0-1 Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 29th November 2014, 12:45pm

Albion: Foster, Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli (Gamboa 74), Gardner, Mulumbu (Anichebe 64), Brunt, Dorrans, Sessegnon (Samaras 76), Berahino. Subs not used: Myhill, McAuley, Baird, Ideye. 

Booked: Dorrans 53 (foul), Gamboa 84 (foul)

Arsenal: Martinez, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal (Gibbs 23), Flamini, Ramsey, Welbeck, Alexis, Cazorla, Giroud (Oxlade-Chamberlain 78). Subs not used: Macey, Bellerin, Rosicky, Campbell, Podolski.

Goalscorer: Welbeck 60

Booked: Oxlade-Chamberlain 90+3 (foul)

Attendance: 24,228

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

Danny Welbeck bagged a crucial winner for Arsenal as the Gunners clinched a comfortable 1-0 win at West Brom. In front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson the striker nodded in to condemn the Baggies to a third straight defeat as the Gunners hit back from last week's defeat to Manchester United. A banner in the visiting fans' stand did still call for boss Arsene Wenger to leave - 'Arsene - thanks for the memories, but it's time to say goodbye' - with Gunners fans still frustrated with their team. It was a routine win though and Ben Foster denied Welbeck and Santi Cazorla in the first half before being beaten. The hosts rarely threatened, although Saido Berahino headed against the bar late on, and they have now failed to score in their last three matches. Berahino has also not netted in his last five outings and did little to impress Hodgson after earning his first international call up this month. The striker started despite the revelations of his arrest for alleged drink driving this week. Youssouf Mulumbu replaced Chris Baird and Sebastien Pocognoli returned for the suspended Claudio Yacob. Arsenal made five changes as Olivier Giroud made his first Arsenal start in three months and the Gunners, without the injured Jack Wilshere after his ankle surgery, recalled Cazorla. Emiliano Martinez started in goal with Wojciech Szczesny out with a pelvis injury. Laurent Koscielny replaced Kieran Gibbs, while Mikel Arteta was ruled out with a calf problem as Mathieu Flamini came in.

The Baggies started brightly and, aside from two comfortable saves from Foster to deny Cazorla and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal struggled to make inroads. Albion, though, failed to test rookie Martinez, despite their possession and the Gunners gradually began to take control. Foster produced a smart save to deny Welbeck from 10-yards on 26 minutes after Aaron Ramsey's slick pass. Soon after the keeper was robbed by Giroud, only for the striker's cross shot to fly across the face of an empty goal. The visitors were guilty of trying to be too precise but were being granted too much space by the Albion midfield as they tried to pick their way through. One slick move did present Cazorla with a chance, after he linked with Giroud and Welbeck, but his shot was easily saved. The organised Baggies remained robust although Mulumbu almost gifted Arsenal an opener when he lost possession to Cazorla and Ramsey shot wide. Despite remaining solid at the back the hosts were a non-entity going forward with Martinez a spectator, even if Berahino had the ball in the net after Chris Brunt was flagged offside just before the break.

The Gunners continued where they left off after the re-start and Ramsey sent a volley over. For all their possession, though, patient Arsenal almost took the lead in rustic circumstances on 52 minutes when Foster dropped a free kick and Per Mertesacker fired wide. It was another warning for the Baggies but one they failed to heed when the dominant Gunners finally got their rewards on the hour. Cazorla had already run the Baggies midfield ragged and he left Andre Wisdom trailing on the right to dink a cross for Welbeck to nod in from six yards. It was all the Gunners deserved and they remained in their comfort zone with little to concern them until the final 10 minutes when Albion mounted a muted rally. The previously anonymous Berahino headed against the bar nine minutes from time and Craig Gardner's effort deflected inches wide - but any leveller would have been unjust.

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CURRENT CONNECTIONS

Arsenal's German under-21 international Serge Gnabry is currently on a season-long loan at The Hawthorns.

Baggies' midfielder of the early 1990s Kwame Ampadu is currently Arsenal's under-16 coach.

PAST CONNECTIONS

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, Colin Hoyle, 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; Albion's former Technical Director Terry Burton started his playing career with Arsenal and would later spend a number of years on the Gunners' coaching staff. He would also spend time as a coach at The Hawthorns under Roy Hodgson. Wilf Dixon, who was Albion's trainer during the 1960s, was assistant manager to Terry Neill at Highbury between 1976 and 1983.

ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS ARSENAL

 VENUE P W D  L F A
 Home 68 24 17 27 96 93
 Away 66 12 14 40 74 141
 Neutral 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Total 135 36 31 68 170 235

LAST TEN MATCHES AGAINST ARSENAL

DATE COMPETITION H/A F-A GOALSCORERS      GATE
Sun 24 May 2015 Premier League A 1-4 McAuley - Walcott 3, Wilshere     59,971
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


 
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