Van Persie will be key to Arsenal's plans against West Brom. Picture - Reuters.

Arsenal Vs. West Brom, Saturday 05 November, 1500 GMT

It'll be a confident Arsenal who will host West Brom at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday in the English Premier League.

The Gunners' win over Chelsea last week banished any lingering doubts over their resurgence. After a more than troubled start to the season, they finally got their act together and the 5-3 win at Stamford Bridge is testament to that.

However, the winning run has only served to take the focus away from their problems. Arsene Wenger's side still look shaky at the back, while going forward they're toothless without Robin Van Persie.

Therefore, it is a timely return from Thomas Vermaelen who provides much-needed stability alongside summer-signing Per Mertesacker, who hasn't exactly been convincing.

West Brom, on the other hand, come to this game on the back of a 2-0 defeat at home against Liverpool. Even in defeat, manager Roy Hogdson didn't see much for encouragement as his side never looked threatening.

That is unlikely to change at the Emirates on Saturday, especially with their injury problems.

Team News

Arsenal will be without Kieran Gibbs and Marouane Chamakh, both of whom are sidelined with injuries, although striker Robin Van Persie, who started on the bench in midweek, will return to the starting line-up along with Laurent Koscielny who was rested against Marseille in midweek.

West Brom have been dealt a huge blow with injuries to both Shane Long and Paul Scharner while Peter Odemwingie is a doubtful after hurting his knee in training.

Match Fact

When the two sides face each other at Emirates on Saturday, it will be the 127th game between them of which Arsenal has won 61 to West Brom's 36.


Arsenal are in the middle of a good run at the moment, and it won't come to an end at home against an injury-hit West Brom. Expect a comfortable, straightforward victory for the home side.

Arsenal 2-0 West Brom