WEST BROMWICH ALBION v ARSENAL
Capital One Cup 3rd Round
The Baggies have lost all three previous League Cup
meetings with Arsenal by a 2-0 scoreline.
Albion have progressed past the third round stage
just once in the last eight seasons.
Arsenal have won their last seven games in all
Albion's last six games: Sunderland (H) 3-0; Fulham (A)
1-1; Swansea City (H) 0-2; Newport County (H, LC) 3-0; Everton (A) 0-0;
Southampton (H) 0-1.
last six games: Stoke City (H) 3-1; Marseille (A, CL) 2-1; Sunderland (A) 3-1;
Tottenham Hotspur (H) 1-0; Fenerbahce (H, CL) 2-0; Fulham (A) 3-1.
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke looks set to make a
number of changes for the Capital One clash with the Gunners.
Steven Reid and Shane Long have both recovered from
their recent injuries and Chris Brunt could also return after missing Saturday's
win over Sunderland.
Ben Foster (foot), Zoltan Gera and George Thorne (both knee),
and Matej Vydra (hamstring), all miss out.
Myhill, Daniels, Camp,
Olsson, Popov, Ridgewell, Lugano, McAuley, Dawson, Jones, Yacob, Morrison,
Brunt, Dorrans, Sinclair, Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Long, Anichebe, Sessegnon,
Rosenberg, Berahino, Anelka.
Like his opposite number Clarke, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger
looks set to put out a vastly changed team from last weekend.
Santi Cazorla (ankle), Theo Walcott (stomach), Tomas Rosicky
(thigh), Yaya Sanogo (back), Lukas Podolski (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
and Abou Diaby (both knee) will all be missing.
Striker Nicklas Bendtner could make his first appearance for
the club since August 2011 while Serge Gnabry and Hector Bellerin
could also figure.
Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker,
Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Wilshere, Ozil, Ramsey, Giroud, Fabianski, Akpom,
Vermaelen, Jenkinson, Monreal, Frimpong, Gnabry, Arteta, Olsson, Bellerin,
Baggies' assistant head coach
“For West Brom a cup run would be fantastic - for the
supporters more than anything, I think if you ask the Swansea supporters or the
Wigan supporters; to appear in Wembley cup finals is a dream come true. So, I
think for the supporters of
West Brom any sort of cup run would be great and certainly getting
anywhere near the final rounds can make a season really exciting.
"Losing to QPR last season in the FA Cup and to
Liverpool in the Capital One Cup
was really disappointing and we want to have a real crack at it. We will have a
real go and we want to win things for the supporters. They want us to play in
semi-finals and go to Wembley and the players want to be remembered for winning
“I think it’s a fantastic game. Arsenal are perhaps under a
bit of pressure because they've not won a major trophy for a while. I think it's
a good draw for us because the crowd will get behind us, Arsenal will bring a
few supporters - and it will be a good atmosphere and good game.
“The atmosphere in the camp has been a little bit better
since the weekend win than in previous weeks. We hadn't played that well at home
against Southampton and
Swansea, we didn't do ourselves justice. So, to go out on Saturday and not just
win but play well and get supporters on the edge of their seats a few times with
some of our football, wasn't just a relief but, going forward, I think will have
the supporters saying ‘yeah, I think we can do well this season’.
“Arsenal have always had really talented young players coming
through and it doesn't weaken them that much if they play some of them against
us. They may do that. We have a really strong squad at the moment, with only
two or three injuries. We have international players who have been on our bench
who need games so I think Steve will be looking to change a few of those. Does
it weaken our team? I’m not sure it does, because we have some really talented
players ready to come in if Steve decides to do that.”
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:
"I will try to find a good balance between experience and
youth. At the back you will have players you know well. Up front, you have a bit
more improvisation and young players.
"You will see Gnabry again - everybody knows him already.
Maybe the return of Bendtner as well, who will get a chance. That's the kind of
team we will have.
"We want to win this competition as well. I try to find the
right balance between giving a needed breather to some players like Wilshere and
Ramsey, who have given a lot.
"[I] take the competition very seriously as well because it's
an opportunity to win a trophy. We don't want to neglect that. Having said that,
we play again on Saturday and we play again on Tuesday. We had to play the
qualifier of the Champions League which were two tough games."
Albion Win: 9/4, Arsenal Win: 11/10, Draw: 13/5.
Anelka 7/1, Berahino 8/1, Anichebe 8/1, Long 9/1, Sessegnon 9/1, Rosenberg 10/1,
Sinclair 14/1, Morrison 16/1, Brunt 16/1, Dorrans 16/1, McAuley 20/1, Mulumbu
20/1, Dawson 25/1, Amalfitano 25/1.
Arsenal: Giroud 9/2, Akpom 6/1, Sanogo 6/1,
Bendtner 13/1, Ozil 7/1, Ramsey 8/1, Miyaichi 9/1, Gnabry 9/1, Wilshere 12/1,
Rosicky 12/1, Arteta 14/1, Flamini 20/1, Vermaelen 20/1, Gibbs 25/1, Frimpong
Madley (West Yorkshire)
The only Albion game Madley has so far taken charge
of is last season's 3-0 win away at Southampton. The game saw Madley issue three
red cards - Marc-Antoine Fortune for Albion and Gaston Ramirez and Danny Fox for
Tickets will remain on general sale to home supporters
only until kick-off.
Partly cloudy, 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
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 3-2 win at the Emirates
Arsenal have won on seven of their last nine visits to
The Hawthorns and Albion have won just three out of the last 32
meetings between the two clubs.
The clubs have met three times previously in the League Cup, Arsenal
winning 2-0 on each occasion. The first meeting came at The Hawthorns in
December 2003 when goals from Kanu and Jeremie Aliadiere knocked Albion
out at the quarter final stage. The second game, again at The Hawthorns,
took place in October 2006 at the 3rd round stage with the aforementioned
Aliadiere scoring both goals, one from the penalty spot. The last meeting
in League Cup action, again in the third round, took place in
September 2009 at the Emirates Stadium. Sanchez Watt and Carlos Vela
scored the goals for Arsenal after Jerome Thomas had been sent off for
LAST LEAGUE CUP MEETING
Carling Cup 3rd Round
Tuesday 22nd September 2009, 7:45pm
Szczesny; Gilbert, Senderos, Silvestre, Gibbs; Wilshere,
Coquelin (Randall 58), Ramsey, Traore (Barazite 78); Watt, Sanu (Vela 58).
Subs not used: Shea (gk), Bartley, Eastmond, Frimpong
Goalscorers: Watt 68, Vela 76
Senderos 32 (foul), Ramsey 57 (foul)
Albion: Kiely; Zuiverloon, Barnett, Olsson (Meite 80), Jara; Thomas,
Dorrans, Koren, Teixeira; Cox (Mulumbu 61), Moore (Wood 74). Subs not used:
Carson (gk), Martis, Bednar, Reid
Cox 38 (dissent)
Thomas 38 (violent conduct)
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)
Controversy pursues even Arsenal’s bright young things these
days. Victory for the youth team in the first of this season's Carling Cup
outings was sparked by the dismissal of one of the club's graduates, Jerome
Thomas, amid accusations from the visiting management that Jack Wilshere's
verbal provocation had induced the sending-off. There is clearly little
wide-eyed innocence to be had among the latest generation trundling off this
club's conveyor belt of talent.
The locals were warmed by a debut goal from the 18-year-old
Sanchez Watt and a wonderful piece of skill from Mark Randall that eventually
yielded a second, West Bromwich Albion, humbled but never humiliated, departed
the competition still simmering about the contest's only flashpoint.
The visitors had been imposing themselves on youthful hosts –
there were three debutants and eight teenagers in the home side's starting
line-up – when Thomas, who had won two FA Youth Cups with Arsenal at the turn of
the decade and made his only first-team appearances for the club in this
competition, tangled with Wilshere eight minutes before the interval. The
Arsenal player crumpled in the mess of arms and legs, claiming he had been
elbowed, while Thomas tumbled with him. The winger may have left his foot in
but, when he offered his hand to the 17-year-old, Wilshere responded furiously.
Thomas, now a seasoned professional at 26, lost his composure
and shoved his opponent back to the turf and, while the Arsenal player's
reaction may have been overly dramatic, clutching his forehead in apparent agony
when contact appeared to be inflicted nearer his chin, the red card was
inevitable. Roberto di Matteo conceded as much, though he was less forgiving of
the perceived provocation.
"There was an exchange of words, and then there was a
reaction," said the Italian. "I know what was said but I'm not telling you. I'm
disappointed that Wilshere didn't accept my player's hand. He wanted to help him
get up, actually. He's a fellow colleague. But [Thomas] reacted to what was
said. I suppose that was the turning point in the game."
Neither club was able to shed any light on what had been said
to prompt the red mist to descend. "My eyes are not great and my ears are even
worse," said Arsène Wenger with a smile. "I couldn't hear anything from the
touchline. But I don't know. It looked like [Thomas] responded, reacted, and in
these cases you always need to control your nerves. Has he any excuses or not? I
don't know. But Jack was upset as well. He said he was kicked.
"Jerome was a bit impulsive when he played with us [before
leaving five years ago], very talented, sometimes nervy and impatient as well.
He had a lot of talent. I'm happy that he's now coming to the top level. He
always had something special, in his running with the ball and his dribbling,
and he was always an exceptional player on his day. He lacked confidence when he
was younger but he seems to have found that now."
Self-control clearly still eludes him at times. Thomas's
decision to raise his hand had sealed his fate and the visitors were never
likely to pose the same threat with 10 men as they had with a full complement.
Watt may have dribbled a shot against the post, the loose ball gratefully
claimed by a sprawling Dean Kiely, but the better opportunities had been the
Baggies' up to the break. Simon Cox and Robert Koren had drawn fine saves from
Wojciech Szczesny. When the Pole was bypassed, Kerrea Gilbert scrambled Cox's
attempt from the goal-line.
Instead youthful exuberance and no little quality ensured the
tie was spared extra-time. Carlos Vela, at 20 a relative veteran summoned from
the bench just before the hour, provided the bite that had previously been
missing for all of Francis Coquelin's neat passing and Gilles Sumu's boundless
energy. The substitute latched on to Aaron Ramsey's cleverly lobbed pass to cut
inside Jonas Olsson and spit a shot at goal which Kiely could only palm into
Watt's path. The forward, a key member of last season's FA Youth Cup winning
set-up, finished with glee.
Albion held firm for a while
thereafter only for Randall's deft lob over Kiely to cannon down from the
crossbar 14 minutes from time. A panicked Leon Barnett attempted to chest the
rebound back to his goalkeeper but Vela nipped in, poked the ball clear of
Kiely's body and tapped into the unguarded net.
The Mexican is still short of full match fitness but may be
considered for the bench at Fulham on Saturday. The vast majority of this side
will have to wait until the fourth round before they next pull on a first-team
shirt. This may not have been as scintillating a win as the 6-0 dismissal of
Sheffield United at the same stage last season but the youngsters have set about
dazzling this competition yet again.
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.
players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Kwame
Ampadu, Paul Barron, Vince Bartram, Brendon Batson, Kevin Campbell, David Cork, Bobby
Gould, 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
managers at The Hawthorns; Albion manager of the 1960's 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.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS ARSENAL
TEN MATCHES AGAINST ARSENAL
Sat 06 Apr 2013
Morrison (pen) - Rosicky 2
Sat 08 Dec 2012
Arteta 2 (2 pens)
Sun 13 May 2012
Long, Dorrans - Benayoun, Santos, Koscielny
Sat 05 Nov 2011
van Persie, Vermaelen, Arteta
Sat 19 Mar 2011
Reid, Odemwingie - Arshavin, van Persie
Sat 25 Sep 2010
Odemwingie, Jara, Thomas - Nasri 2
Tue 22 Sep 2009
Tue 03 Mar 2009
Brunt - Bendtner 2, Toure
Sat 16 Aug 2008
Tue 24 Oct 2006
Aliadiere 2 (1 pen)