Sunday, 31 December 2017

Update: West Brom vs Arsenal, Premier League Preview

Premier League strugglers West Brom welcome Arsenal to The Hawthorns in a tough fixture for Alan Pardew’s side. Having failed to win in the league since the second week of the season, West Brom find themselves second from bottom and three points adrift of safety.

Three draws and a loss in December have seen Arsenal fall to sixth in the league, though they remain only one point from the Champions League places. Arsene Wenger will have been pleased to see his side overcome a resilient Crystal Palace in the week and will be confident of picking up three points on Sunday.

Influential West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli has had a set-back in his recovery from a hip injury and is now expected to be out until March. Pardew has spoken of his desire to find a replacement for the Belgian in the January transfer window, and will hope whoever he signs has a significant impact on the club’s ineffectual attack.

Nacho Monreal is unavailable for Arsenal with an ankle injury, with Calum Chambers likely to continue to deputise in his absence. French striker Olivier Giroud is also out until mid-January with a hamstring injury while midfielder Aaron Ramsey nears a return to action after suffering a hamstring injury two weeks ago.

What time does it start?

West Brom vs Arsenal kicks off at 16:30 on today.

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