|15||West Bromwich Albion||10.8||643||44.9||75.0|
|16||Queens Park Rangers||14.1||753||46.3||70.8|
And just to make it easier here is our direct comparison with WBA
|15||West Bromwich Albion||10.8||643||44.9||75.0|
Not a bad state of affairs.
Nor is it with the actual league table. You will notice that we have more shots per goal, but also that we score more than twice as many goals. I fancy we might get one or two today.
Here’s the approximate team
Sanchez Ozil Campbell
Monreal Kos Mert Bellerin
On the beach, not that there is much beach in the West Midlands: Ospina, Macey, Debuchy, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Arteta, Iwobi
Tony Pulis is demanding time to get WBA right, in terms of his mould, but a few WBA fans have taken a look at the aaa that infests Arsenal like a slurry of sludge on a warm sunday and instead of taking it as a warning have seen it as a blueprint. If we can get an early goal the moaning winging and whining that we know only too well from the semi-skimmed side of support could start up and that can only be in our favour.
The WBA problem is that Pulis plays ugly nasty football, which is ok if your team are winning of if, like Stoke City fans, you don’t care as long as you can be part of a howling mob for a couple of hours. But if the Pulisian model isn’t working, in other clubs the whole thing falls down.
Here’s our recent results, since it has been a while since there was any football…
|Premier League||Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham||Sun 8 Nov|
|Champions League – Group F||Bayern Mun 5-1 Arsenal||Wed 4 Nov|
|Premier League||Swansea 0-3 Arsenal||Sat 31 Oct|
|League Cup –Fourth Round||Sheff Wed 3-0 Arsenal||Tue 27 Oct|
|Premier League||Arsenal 2-1 Everton||Sat 24 Oct|
|Champions League – Group F||Arsenal 2-0 Bayern Mun||Tue 20 Oct|
|Premier League||Watford 0-3 Arsenal||Sat 17 Oct|
|Premier League||Arsenal 3-0 Man Utd||Sun 4 Oct|
So I make that played 8 won 5 lost 2 drawn one. WBA have played just five games against our eight, but their results have been won two lost three. Their results across their last eight games total up as won 3 lost 5. They don’t do draws.
|Premier League||Man Utd 2-0 West Bromwich||Sat 7 Nov|
|Premier League||West Bromwich 2-3 Leicester||Sat 31 Oct|
|Premier League||Norwich 0-1 West Bromwich||Sat 24 Oct|
|Premier League||West Bromwich 1-0 Sunderland||Sat 17 Oct|
|Premier League||Crystal Palace 2-0 West Bromwich||Sat 3 Oct|
The Bayern away score was rather nasty but the rest has been pretty much ok I’d say. Arsène Wenger has said he will talk to Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud. “Sometimes it hits you more two or three days later than on the night. On the night you try and protect yourself or not know what’s going on. But slowly you realise the shock is a bit after.”
Onto the goals.
Our leading scorer of course is Sánchez with six, but he has travelled the world played silly games and come back. West Bromwich have two players on three goals. But they also have Yacob and Brunt on four cards, anxious not to get a fifth and a suspension. West Brom will be without defender Gareth McAuley following his red card against Manchester United. Our worst offender is Coquelin with three yellows in the league.
So far this season West Bromwich have only won one home game, compared to three away which is why the locals are getting a bit irritable. And they have let in three goals four times at home this season. We have scored 17 in the last six and won five of the last six (but you knew that didn’t you).
According to the BBC Pulis said recently, “Arsenal are an absolutely wonderful football club, it’s always been a very special club for me, as a lad who was born in the 1950s. They have a great opportunity this year of winning the title, they have a genuine chance.” Hmmmmm.
Mr Wenger said, “I watched them against Man United and they looked a very well organised team and – as always with a Tony Pulis side – fully committed. On top of that they are in a difficult situation a little bit in the Premier League and you expect what you always expect in the Premier League – a committed, physical, fast game and a game where we cannot afford to make any mistakes.”
Add to that the fact that the only PL defeat we have had in nine games at the Hawthorns was in 2005. That is one victory in 19 games at their place. We lost 2-1.
We’ve lost one in nine games against WBA; winning seven with two draws.
- West Bromwich have won one of their six home games in the league this season, losing four drawing one. Only Villa have a worst home record – it must be something in the water in the West Midlands.
- The Pulisian magic being worked means his team have scored 10 goals in 12 league games – the joint fewest in the top flight along with Stoke (still suffering a Pulisian hangover) and Aston Villa whom our old mate Remi will quickly turn around.
|EPL||24-05-2015||Arsenal||4 : 1||West Bromwich Albion|
|EPL||29-11-2014||West Bromwich Albion||0 : 1||Arsenal|
|EPL||04-05-2014||Arsenal||1 : 0||West Bromwich Albion|
|EPL||06-10-2013||West Bromwich Albion||1 : 1||Arsenal|
|Lg Cup||25-09-2013||West Bromwich Albion||1 : 1*||Arsenal|
As for us we have the best away form in the Premier League this season, winning five out of six while scoring 11 in the last three league games away including the wonderful 5-2 win at Leicester and conceded two in the last five league games.
Oh yes and Olivier Giroud has scored in four of his last six league games.
Which takes us onto the injury table. Now there must be a mistake here because Arsenal are not drowning under a sea of injuries with every other team hardly having any at all. Even Physio Room (from whom I take the numbers) can’t quite cope and have still got Bellerin injured, but he isn’t.
|10||West Ham United||5|
|19||West Bromwich Albion||2|