Laurent Koscielny
Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for Arsenal's game against West Bromwich Albion Getty

Arsenal travel to West Bromwich Albion as the Gunners look to go back to winning ways after two successive games without a win in all competitions. The Gunners are currently second in the table and a triumph over the Baggies will see them go above Manchester City in the table for the time being. City take on Liverpool later.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 3pm BST. Highlights of the game will be available on BBC Match of the Day at 10.20pm BST on BBC One.


West Brom have lost six games thus far, while winning four and drawing two of their first 12 fixtures, but have won only one at home, an area that Tony Pulis will be looking to improve on. Sunderland are the only team to have lost at the Hawthorns and a loss against Arsenal will make it three on the bounce for the Baggies, who are currently only six points clear of the drop zone.

The fans will be desperate for his side to come back to winning ways after an unimpressive performance against Leicester City in the week before the international break, which they lost 2-3. The last time these two teams met was at the Emirates Stadium in May where the Gunners thumped the Baggies 4-1 in the final game of the season, with a hat-trick from Theo Walcott.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have a host of injury problems to tend to, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey not available for the game. Theo Walcott, who injured himself before the international break is also two weeks away from complete recovery. However, Hector Bellerin is back with the squad and is likely to start on Saturday (21 November).

Arsene Wenger has talked about the toll that the Paris attacks had on Laurent Koscielny and the Frenchman will talk to his defender over his mental situation and if he will be able to marshal the Gunners defence on Saturday. The defender started in France's 2-0 defeat to England this midweek and was well below par, something which struck the eye of the manager.

What Managers Say

Tony Pulis: "[On the feud between him and Wenger] Over the past couple of years we've mellowed definitely. There's definitely a better relationship than what we had maybe two or three years ago and that's good. You have your moments. We're competitive people. I mellow with age and it's also understanding. We're really looking forward to the game and playing against one of the great teams and some fantastic players."

Arsene Wenger: ""I watched them against Man United and they looked a very well organised team which is absolutely - as always with Tony Pulis - 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. I would even say that you don't even look at the table any more because you know what you get. The difference between the teams has narrowed and today it is more about how much can you be close to your best which will decide the result, more than the team you play against."

Betting Odds (888Sport)

  • West Bromwich Albion Win: 6.8
  • Draw: 4.3
  • Arsenal Win: 1.55

Team News

West Bromwich Albion

Possible XI: Myhill; Dawson, Olsson, Evans, Brunt; Morrison, Fletcher, Yacob, McClean, Sessegnon; Rondon


Possible XI: Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Campbell, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez; Giroud