West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has revealed he will have the club's upcoming game against Tottenham Hotspur in mind when he selects his side to face Arsenal on Thursday night (21 April). The Baggies travel to the Emirates Stadium to face Arsene Wenger's men with "one or two knocks and niggles" among their squad.
West Brom play Spurs at White Hart Lane on Monday night (25 April), and Pulis has confessed he is already thinking about his line-up for that fixture. "We have one or two knocks and niggles heading into the Arsenal game. We will look at that with Spurs in mind on Monday too," the Baggies boss said during a pre-match press conference, according to the club's official Twitter account.
West Brom are currently on 40 points in the Premier League table, but have lost three of their last four games heading into the match against Arsenal. However, Pulis thinks the Midlands club have been unlucky to lose some of their recent fixtures. "The aim is to get as many points as we can. We have some really tough games coming up. The league is relentless," he explained before travelling to London to face Arsenal.
"The last two games against Manhester City and Watford, we haven't deserved to lose. It's thin lines between success and failure."
Meanwhile, Pulis has also come out in support of West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who missed two penalties in the 1-0 defeat to Watford at the weekend. The manager said the 22-year-old star has been in good spirits ahead of the Arsenal game. "Saido has been as good as gold this week. He missed two penalties. All the top strikers in the world miss pens," Pulis reflected.