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West Brom vs Arsenal: Team News & Predicted Starting XI

Arsenal face West Brom tomorrow afternoon (a.k.a the final day of the Premier League season) knowing that only a win will guarantee a place in next season’s Champions League.

Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the last few days, you will be well aware that it is extremely tight in the fight for the last of the Champions League places, with Spurs and Newcastle only 1 and 2 points behind respectively.

I am not going to go on about it in too much detail because we have already done so in our match preview article, but essentially as long as we win the game then there is no need to worry about Spurs or Newcastle.

If Arsenal finish 4th in the league, however, then we rely on Chelsea losing in the final to Bayern Munich and would still have to go through the tough qualifying round. If we finish 5th (entirely possible) then we can look forward to games against the likes of Rapid Bucharest, Malmo FF and FC Maribor without Robin van Persie.

Team News:


  • Theo Walcott (hamstring) faces a late fitness test, while Sebastian Squillaci and Park Chu Young (both irrelevant) are major doubts.
  • Bacary Sagna underwent a leg operation earlier this week and will face several months on the sidelines.
  • The have been reports that Wojciech Szczesny is suffering from a back problem and might have to pull out. Lets just hope that he pulls through!
  • Other injuries: Diaby (whatever excuse Wenger has given this week), Arteta (ankle), Mertesacker (ankle), Wilshere (ankle), Frimpong (ACL/Knee)

West Brom

  • Chris Brunt has had his tonsils removed and will not feature in Roy Hodgsons last game in charge at the Hawthornes.
  • Peter Odemwingie could be available after a hamstring injury, but Jerome Thomas is ill.
  • Other injuries: S Reid (ankle), Z Gera (ACL/Knee)

 Predicted Starting XI

With Bacary Sagna injured, Carl Jenkinson will hopefully slip straight in at right-back. If we play Djourou on the right then we are absolutely screwed. Aaron Ramsey will partner Tomas Rosicky in central midfield in the absence of Mikel Arteta, while Yossi Benayoun has been preferred to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the last half a dozen games or so and I don’t expect that to change. Walcott is probably not going to be fit enough to start, although he may make the bench.

Predicted Score

West Brom 1-3 Arsenal Given Arsenal’s current defensive form, a clean sheet is obviously out of the question. However, I think that all of our players will recognise the importance of the game. Individual errors and silly mistakes are out of the question.

7 thoughts on “West Brom vs Arsenal: Team News & Predicted Starting XI

  1. Julius

    Sir Chesney
    Jenkinson, Kos, Verm, Santos/Gibbs
    Song Coquelin
    Vulcutt/Gervinho, RVP, Benayoun.

    Ox to come on for Gervinho if we’re losing.

    Ramsey is a headless chicken at times, and we can’t risk his odious performances in such a crucial games. Yes, I’m a Ramsey hater, but open your eyes and see how much of a suppressor he is. Unless he scores/assists/has a game-changing performance, then I’ll be happy to stand corrected. But I’m pretty sure it won’t be the case.
    Coquelin is cool-headed, techinically gifted and actually knows what’s going on. His presence will allow Song to venture forward, whilst having a very capable defensive midfielder to cover. What we were missing against Norwich was midfield stability – something we hardly get from Ramsey.

    Slate me for it as much as you want, but I know I’m right, and you should learn to criticise and actually see how much of a deterrent he is to our side.

  2. Anonymous

    I am sure that with ramsey on our starting 11 we will never win the match, the best we could achieve is draw. We can only qualify when tot & N.C lose or draw their match. I pray wenge uses is common senses tomorow. We have players that can easily win the match for us even with list of injuries. Let quocolin replace sagna, he played well on that wing in our last game. Everyone knw he’s a good player. Start ox instead of that slugish ramsey, let garvihno and walcot start on both sides if walcot is fit. Ox is best arsenal player for now apart from rvp. So lets forget the age or experience. He is far away better than ramsey in every wing. I dont just knw why wenger dnt love winning team. I believe a coach should knw his winning and his losing team. How many matches has ramsey won with him on our starting 11 since january, and how many matche have lose without him on our starting eleven, i wish wenger could answer this question. I dnt think he rewatch any match he loses to knw where the error falls on. Ramsey is just our problem. I cant realy figure out his impact on the pitch, he does charge opponet, no good passes, no faward passes, delaying when hold ball, confuse his team mate, and he his our centre m f. Please tell me how can we ever win with him. Wenger pls hold your gambling till the starting of next season. We need this tommorow match more than any one els. If we must keep rvp, and buy any reasonable player, then we have to win. Remeber

    1. HOSSAIN

      you are absolutely right. Ramsey is sh*t. in the last few games i just saw him horribly slowing the game down and never showed any mentality of picking up the forwards on any occasion. God i miss arteta. everything fell apart in the midfield after his injury. Dont like gervinho as well. he doesnt like to get forward as walcott does. I think tomorrow ox is a must.

  3. caligunna16


    walcott, chamakh, ramsey

    oxo rvp and rosicky to score
    wouldnt it be ridiculously awesome if chamakh scored the goal to seal our 3rd spot?!?!

  4. T2T

    Ramsey’s has been substandard for a few games because he has been played as a kind of box-box player. He is much better as AM but is behind Rosicky. With the current injuries, I’d go for either Coquelin or Benayoun – at least somebody that will work hard also defensively.
    If Szczesny is OK, he’ll start. Jenkinson (or Coquelin) as RB, Koscielny and Vermaelen as CBs and Santos/Gibbs LB. Wide MF; Song and Coquelin/Benayoun as DM/B-B. Gervinho and AOC/Benayoun depending on LB/box-box with Rosicky AM. van Persoe up front.
    If we WANT to win, we will. The quality both as individuals and as a team is there but if the effort is left in London, we’ll lose. It’s that close in BPL.


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