Barclays Premier League
Sunday 6th October 2013, 4:00pm
The Hawthorns


Albion have not won three successive games since November last year when they beat Southampton, Wigan, Chelsea and Sunderland.

Arsenal have won their last eight away league games in a row, equalling their best run in the Premier League.

If selected, Liam Ridgewell will make his 50th Premier League appearance for Albion.

Albion's last six games: Manchester United (A) 2-1; Arsenal (H, LC) 1-1 (3-4 on pens); Sunderland (H) 3-0; Fulham (A) 1-1; Swansea City (H) 0-2; Newport County (H, LC) 3-0

Arsenal's last six games: Napoli (H, CL) 2-0; Swansea City (A) 2-1; Albion (A, LC) 1-1 (4-3 on pens); Stoke City (H) 3-1; Marseille (A, CL) 2-1; Sunderland (A) 3-1



Strikers Victor Anichebe, Shane Long and Nicolas Anelka all face fitness tests ahead of the game at The Hawthorns with Anichebe and Anelka most likely to be fit according to Baggies’ boss Steve Clarke.

Midfield duo James Morrison and Chris Brunt have both been declared fit but Scott Sinclair and Matej Vydra (both hamstring) are out.

Ben Foster remains sidelined with his foot injury whilst Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are not yet fully match fit following their long-term injuries.

Squad from: Myhill, Camp, Daniels, Reid, Olsson, Popov, Ridgewell, Lugano, McAuley, Dawson, Jones, Yacob, Morrison, Brunt, Dorrans, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Rosenberg, Long, Anichebe, Sessegnon, Berahino, Anelka.


Arsenal will be without defender Bacary Sagna after the French international suffered a hamstring problem. Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Carl Jenkinson will be the man to replace him.

Sagna joins Theo Walcott (abdomen), Santi Cazorla (ankle), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee) on the Gunners’ injury list.

Squad from: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Ramsey, Arteta, Wilshere, Ozil, Giroud, Fabianski, Gnabry, Bendtner, Vermaelen, Monreal, Rosicky, Frimpong.


Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:

“The way they are playing is tremendous. This season they have looked really strong. They have obviously made a fantastic signing in Mezut Ozil. He’s come in and given the whole place a lift and the team an extra dimension. A number of players they’ve signed over the last two or three years are starting to blossom, are starting to get used to the English league, are starting to understand what they have to do and how they have to play to get results in the Barclays Premier Legaue. This year I think Arsenal are a strong team.

“I watched Arsenal in midweek against Napoli. They were absolutely outstanding and in the first 30 minutes they blew Napoli away - and Napoli are a good team. We have to be ready for that. We have to be on our guard. In most of the games Arsenal have played this season they have always started very, very quickly and they’ve managed to get their noses in front, and from there they control and dominate the game. So we have to be ready for that.

“You can’t say the way we approached the game last week will necessarily be the best way to approach the game this week. I’ve had a look at one or two different things in training. I’m waiting on one or two players to show me they’re ready to play as I have one or two doubts in key positions. Once I know more today I’ll shape up the team the way I think is the best way to get a result this Sunday.

“We strive to be like the top teams and the top teams are always capable of winning matches back to back or three in a row. That’s something we have to try and get into our game. To go to Old Trafford last week and get a win was good - but the question to the players is ‘Arsenal at home, against the form team in the league, can you do it again? Can you push to that level again and produce another performance like that?’ You’ll get the answer tomorrow and hopefully it’s a positive answer. This week we’ve got our work cut out to live up to what I think our supporters will expect, which is another good performance and another three points.”


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

“Basically because we don't look too much at the fact whether it is away or home. We play with the same desire and the same attitude, and as well because we have a level of confidence that is there. But West Brom represents as well a good test for us because, on the back of an outstanding result at Manchester United, their confidence is certainly high as well, so it will be a very interesting test.

“For us it is important to maintain our consistent run and to continue to develop as a team because if you look at the broader picture we have had quite a good consistent run since March. But it is important of course that we continue to develop. I believe we can still do better, that there is more to come from us, but that will depend now on how much we want it and how hungry we are to improve.”




Albion Win: 19/5, Arsenal Win: 4/5, Draw: 11/4.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Anelka 15/2, Anichebe 8/1, Berahino 9/1, Sessegnon 9/1, Long 10/1, Rosenberg 12/1, Brunt 16/1, Morrison 20/1, Amalfitano 20/1, Dorrans 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Mulumbu 25/1, Dawson 33/1, Jones 33/1, Yacob 33/1.

Arsenal: Giroud 4/1, Bendtner 6/1, Ozil 13/2, Akpom 7/1, Ramsey 15/2, Gnabry 15/2, Miyaichi 10/1, Rosicky 11/1, Arteta 14/1, Wilshere 16/1, Flamini 20/1, Frimpong 25/1, Monreal 25/1, Mertesacker 25/1, Vermaelen 33/1, Hayden 33/1, Gibbs 33/1.


Lee Mason (Lancashire)

Refereed two Albion games last season - both against Swansea City. The Baggies lost 3-1 away in November in South Wales but gained revenge in March with a 2-1 win at The Hawthorns.

Oliver took charge of two Arsenal games during 2012/13 - The 0-0 draw at Stoke City in August and another goalless draw at Aston Villa in November.

The Lancashire official has handed out 14 yellow cards and one red in the four games he has refereed so far this season.


Tickets remain on sale to home supporters on the club's ticketing database.


Mostly cloudy but dry, 16°C.


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, legendary 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.

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.

Arsenal have won on seven of their last ten visits to The Hawthorns and Albion have won just three out of the last 33 meetings between the two clubs.


Wednesday 25 September 2013 - Albion 1-1 Arsenal (3-4 on penalties) - Capital One Cup 3rd Round - The Hawthorns
Tuesday 22 September 2009 - Arsenal 2-0 Albion - Carling Cup 3rd Round - Emirates Stadium
Tuesday 24 October 2006 - Albion 0-2 Arsenal - Carling 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


Albion 1-2 Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 6th April 2013, 3:00pm

Albion: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob, Brunt; Dorrans (Lukaku 62), Morrison, Thomas (Rosenberg 62); Long. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Popov, Brown, Fortune, Tamas.

Goalscorer: Morrison 71 (pen)

Booked: Jones 78 (foul), Ridgewell 86 (foul)

Arsenal: Fabianski; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Rosicky (Gibbs 82), Ramsey; Gervinho (Vermaelen 73), Cazorla (Coquelin 89), Giroud. Subs not used: Mannone (gk), Jenkinson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski.

Goalscorers: Rosicky 20 & 50

Booked: Ramsey 26 (foul), Rosicky 37 (foul), Koscielny 65 (foul), Arteta 83 (foul)

Sent-off: Mertesacker 70 (professional foul)

Attendance: 26,144

Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

Tomas Rosicky's double earned 10-man Arsenal their sixth win in the past seven Barclays Premier League games and increased the pressure on Chelsea and Tottenham in the battle for a Champions League spot. Rosicky broke the deadlock at the Hawthorns with his first league goal of the campaign and then added a second early in the second period. West Brom midfielder James Morrison reduced the arrears from the penalty spot after Per Mertesacker was red carded for bringing down Shane Long but the Gunners held on to claim the three points.

Victory enabled Arsene Wenger's side to climb above Chelsea into fourth spot and they are now only a point behind Spurs with their two main rivals both in action tomorrow. Arsenal were worthy winners despite the continued absence of injured duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott and have the momentum - and no European distractions unlike their main competitors - entering the final phase of the season. Rosicky's overall contribution was impressive but there were also key performances from Santi Cazorla and skipper Mikel Arteta. Albion only came to life after the introduction of substitute striker Romelu Lukaku and Mertesacker's red card but they are comfortably placed in mid-table.

Arsenal needed a goal-line clearance from Rosicky to prevent Albion taking the lead after 12 minutes. Chris Brunt's corner picked out Claudio Yacob's run to the near post and his glancing header beat Lukasz Fabianski only for Rosicky to head away. The Gunners did not look convincing at the back and Long created an opening from himself after cutting inside but he failed to hit the target. But after 20 minutes Arsenal broke the deadlock through Rosicky's first Premier League goal of the campaign. Arteta's long pass was seized upon by Gervinho who turned past Gareth McAuley before crossing for Rosicky who headed home at close range. West Brom tried to retaliate and Fabianski went down at the foot of a post to smother a Chris Brunt free-kick. But Arsenal were dominating the game and Gervinho extended Foster with a low shot on the turn. Aaron Ramsey became the first player to be yellow carded for a challenge on the recalled Jerome Thomas and then Rosicky was booked for a late tackle on James Morrison. Ramsey should have doubled Arsenal's lead two minutes before half-time but he poked the ball wide of the far post after good play by Giroud and Cazorla.

The second half continued in the same vein and Foster blocked a shot from the overlapping Bacary Sagna after being teed up by Gervinho. After 51 minutes Rosicky doubled Arsenal's lead with his second goal of the game. Ramsey's pass was volleyed by Rosicky with plenty of power and Foster was unable to hold the shot. Rosicky was the first to react to the rebound and made no mistake from eight yards out. Baggies boss Steve Clarke responded by bringing on strikers Lukaku and Markus Rosenberg in place of Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas respectively. Koscielny was booked for bringing down Long but the Gunners were in control of the game and Lukaku's weak free-kick straight at Fabianski summed up Albion's performance. There was a rare moment of danger for the Gunners when Fabianski blocked Brunt's near-post effort. Albion were given a lifeline after 71 minutes when last defender Mertesacker was sent off for bringing down Long in the box and the resulting spot-kick was converted by Morrison. Wenger took off Gervinho and brought on Thomas Vermaelen to replace Mertesacker. Albion came close to levelling was when McAuley headed just wide from a Brunt corner. Lukaku curled a shot just wide and Long fired over the bar but Arsenal held on.



Albion striker Nicolas Anelka joined Arsenal from Paris Saint-Germain in February 1997 at the age of 17. He spent two and a half years with the Gunners before leaving for Real Madrid in August 1999 in a £22 million deal.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Kwame Ampadu, Paul Barron, Vince Bartram, Brendon Batson, Henry Boyd, Kevin Campbell, Joseph Connor, David Cork, Freddie Cox, George Drury, Frank Dyer, Bobby Gould, Adam Haywood, Don Howe, Junichi Inamoto, Nwankwo Kanu, Alan Miller, 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 66 24 16 26 95 91
 Away 64 12 14 38 73 136
 Neutral 1 0 0 1 0 1
 Total 131 36 30 65 168 228


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
Tue 22 Sep 2009 League Cup A 0-2 Watt, Vela     56,592
Tue 03 Mar 2009 Premier League H 1-3 Brunt - Bendtner 2, Toure     26,244
Sat 16 Aug 2008 Premier League A 0-1 Nasri     60,071
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