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Saturday 29 November 2014 | The Hawthorns | Kick-off 12:45

West Brom
West Brom
0 - 0
Arsenal
Arsenal

Fixture change notice

This fixture was arranged to be played at The Hawthorns on Saturday 29 November 2014 at 15:00. Due to live broadcasting on BT Sport it has been moved to a new scheduled date Saturday 29 November 2014 at 12:45.

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Match preview

Per Mertesacker says the trip to West Bromwich Albion is a chance to show Arsenal's challenge in the Barclays Premier League is "still alive".

Arsene Wenger's side have made a slow start to the 2014/15 domestic campaign, with four wins from their opening 12 league outings. Last season's FA Cup winners were unable to make the most of a first half of dominance in their 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United last weekend, but there was more positive news on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund.

That win secured their progress into the UEFA Champions League knockout stages with a match to spare, but Mertesacker knows the London club must focus their attentions on addressing their league form, starting with Saturday's trip to The Hawthorns.

"We were very convincing [against Dortmund]," he said. "We have to show character and that is what makes me really happy for the next few games, because we have to sharpen up in the Premier League as well.

"Saturday is a good chance to show everyone that we are still alive. We have secured Champions League [last-16] football and that gives us a life, but that has nothing to do with the Premier League. We have to come back in the Premier League and that is the next target."

Arsenal have been hindered by a lengthy injury list this season, a problem highlighted by Jack Wilshere's latest setback, with the midfielder, who scored the equaliser for Arsenal in the 1-1 draw at the Baggies last season, set for three months out after undergoing ankle surgery.

Mikel Arteta and Yaya Sanogo went off injured during the second half on Wednesday, with Wenger expecting the Spaniard to be out "for a while" with a calf problem, while the French striker - who scored his first goal for the club against Dortmund - has a hamstring issue.

Theo Walcott (groin), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Wojciech Szczesny (hip) all missed the midweek clash and remain fitness concerns.

Meanwhile, the hosts are looking to recover from back-to-back league defeats and they will be without midfielder Claudio Yacob after his red card in last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea. Defender Jonas Olsson is another certain absentee after it was revealed on Wednesday that he would be out until the new year, with the Sweden international set for an operation on his left foot.

Sebastian Pocognoli returns after hamstring trouble, although James Morrison is a doubt through illness.

Captain Chris Brunt is hoping Saturday can mark the start of a turnaround in their home form, with West Brom winning once at The Hawthorns in the BPL this season.

"Points are hard to come from away from home in this league but in the last few months we've done a lot better away from home," he told The Birmingham Mail. "I don't really know what that is. It's a difficult one to put your finger on but it's down to us to improve that.

"Arsenal will be favourites to win but we will be prepared for them. It's a big game against Arsenal followed very closely by another one against West Ham [on Tuesday]. Our home form hasn't been great this season so we have two games that give us a chance to improve that."

West Bromwich Albion (from): Daniels, Foster, Myhill, Baird, Davidson, Dawson, Gamboa, Lescott, McAuley, Pocognoli, Wisdom, Blanco, Brunt, Dorrans, Gardner, Morrison, Mulumbu, Sessegnon, Roofe, Varela, Anichebe, Berahino, Ideye, Nabi, Samaras.

Arsenal (from): Martinez, Ospina, Szczesny, Chambers, Gibbs, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Cazorla, Diaby, Flamini, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ramsey, Rosicky, Alexis, Campbell, Giroud, Podolski, Sanogo, Walcott, Welbeck.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Chris Foy Assistants: M McDonough, C Hatzidakis Fourth Official: N Swarbrick

Match Facts
West Bromwich Albion have won none of the last seven Barclays Premier League meetings with Arsenal (W0 D2 L5).
Arsenal have won three and lost none of their last five Barclays Premier League visits to the Hawthorns and lost none of the last seven in all competitions (W4 D3 L0).

Current form

Last six matches

lost

2 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 22 Nov 2014

lost

0 - 2 v Newcastle (H) 09 Nov 2014

won

0 - 1 v Leicester (A) 01 Nov 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Crystal Palace (H) 25 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Man Utd (H) 20 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 04 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

0 - 1 v Leicester (A) 01 Nov 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 22 Nov 2014

West Bromwich Albion club profile

Current form

Last six matches

lost

1 - 2 v Man Utd (H) 22 Nov 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Swansea (A) 09 Nov 2014

won

3 - 0 v Burnley (H) 01 Nov 2014

won

0 - 2 v Sunderland (A) 25 Oct 2014

drawn

2 - 2 v Hull (H) 18 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 05 Oct 2014
Last win/defeat

won

3 - 0 v Burnley (H) 01 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Man Utd (H) 22 Nov 2014

Arsenal club profile

Last corresponding meeting

West Brom Arsenal

Sun 06 Oct 2013 | The Hawthorns | Attendance: 24,839

West Brom 1 - 1 Arsenal
  • Claudio Yacob (42)
  • Jack Wilshere (63)
  Possession
West Brom 44%
Arsenal 56%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
West Brom 4 6
Arsenal 5 6
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
West Brom 6 1 0
Arsenal 11 2 0
Total 17 3 0
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Fixture change history

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Sat 29 Nov 2014 15:00 Sat 29 Nov 2014 12:45 Live broadcasting on BT Sport

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