Arsenal face West Brom on Saturday evening, looking to close the gap to Spurs in third to a single point, in the race for a top four finish. Arsene Wenger's men won 2-0 at the Emirates in the reverse fixture, although both goals were controversial.

Shane Long

Where to Watch

Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm BST. Highlights are on Match of the Day, on BBC One and BBC One HD, from 10.30pm BST.


Steve Clarke is set to lead the Baggies to a highest ever Premier League finish; they are presently eighth, with 44 points from 31 games. Fans will, however, be concerned at a little dip in form in recent games.

The Baggies have won only twice in the last five games; the good news, though, is both those results were at home. In fact, Clarke has won nine games at home this season, a statistic bettered only by Manchester City (11) and Manchester United (14).

The hosts come into this game after a poor showing in the defeat at Upton Park, which saw on-loan Liverpool striker score a brace for West Ham United. They will know they need to recover their early season form to finish the campaign on a high, particularly with games against City and United still to come.

Arsenal, meanwhile, hammered Reading 4-1 last weekend, to continue a late-season charge for Champions League football next term. The Gunners have now won three straight games, in all competitions, following the defeat at White Hart Lane in early March. Overall, they've won four of five games since the disastrous showing, at home, to Bayern Munich, in the Champions League.

Team Form

West Brom

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L D W L W
  • Last Match: West Ham 3 - 1 West Brom


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W W L W
  • Last Match: Arsenal 4 - 1 Reading

Team News

Youssuf Mulumbu serves his suspension for red card against West Ham. George Thorne and Zoltan Gera (both knee) are long term absentees. James Morrison (hamstring) faces a late fitness test.

Probable Line-Up: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Dorrans, Morrison, Yacob, Brunt; Long, Lukaku

Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Theo Walcott (groin) are both unavailable. Spain left-back Nacho Monreal is believed fit and ready to start, despite a knock against the Royals. Abou Diaby is unavailable till 2014.

Probable Line-Up: Fabianski; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Arteta, Rosicky; Gervinho, Cazorla, Podolski; Giroud