by Bulldog Drummond
Arsenal v WBA is a game we normally win without too much bother. We’ve beaten them 73 times and they’ve got the better of us 38 times. There have been 31 draws.
Reducing the games to this century only we have only been done down by them four times – all four of them being in the League. In fact that’s 29 games with four wins for them and four draws, leaving us with 21 wins.
|27 Aug 2002||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||5-2||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2002||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|16 Dec 2003||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-2||League Cup|
|20 Nov 2004||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||D||1-1||Premier League|
|2 May 2005||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-2||Premier League|
|15 Oct 2005||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|15 Apr 2006||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||3-1||Premier League|
|24 Oct 2006||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-2||League Cup|
|16 Aug 2008||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||1-0||Premier League|
|3 Mar 2009||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-3||Premier League|
|22 Sep 2009||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||2-0||League Cup|
|25 Sep 2010||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||L||2-3||Premier League|
|19 Mar 2011||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||D||2-2||Premier League|
|5 Nov 2011||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||3-0||Premier League|
|13 May 2012||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||2-3||Premier League|
|8 Dec 2012||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||2-0||Premier League|
|6 Apr 2013||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-2||Premier League|
|25 Sep 2013||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||1-1||League Cup|
|6 Oct 2013||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|4 May 2014||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||1-0||Premier League|
|29 Nov 2014||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-1||Premier League|
|24 May 2015||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||4-1||Premier League|
|21 Nov 2015||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||L||2-1||Premier League|
|21 Apr 2016||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||2-0||Premier League|
|26 Dec 2016||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||1-0||Premier League|
|18 Mar 2017||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
|25 Sep 2017||Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion||W||2-0||Premier League|
|31 Dec 2017||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||D||1-1||Premier League|
|2 Jan 2021||West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal||W||0-4||Premier League|
West Bromwich’s traditional problem has been goal scoring. Since 2008/9 they have only had one player (Dwight Gayle) who has scored over 20 goals in a season – and that was in the Championship in 2018/19 when he got 23. Indeed in five seasons since then they have not even had a single player who has scored in double figures.
Yet despite this they have did get to the heady position of 8th in 2012/13 in the Premier League.
Last season was their second in the Championship and this has been their general form – one or two years in the second tier followed by a while in the top league struggling against relegation, and then repeat.
As for the manager, well the somewhat larger variety of the clan of Sam is one of something like 60 managers they have had across the years. Their first manager Louis Ford won the FA Cup with them in 1892 although it was Fred Everiss who managed them from 1902 to 1948 who is the most extraordinary man ever associated with the club – indeed with any club.
He managed 1520 games and got a win percentage of 43%, winning Division Two in 1911, and Division One in 1920, plus the FA Cup in 1931. An amazing man. How sad that a club with such a heritage should now employ a man who has achieved a win percentage of 10.5%. Played 19, won 2, drawn 5, lost 12.
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