Following the 3:1 defeat to West Ham, West Bromwich Albion hope to return to winning ways as they prepare to welcome Arsenal to the Hawthorns. The Gunners revived their top 4 hopes with three successive victories in the league and they arrive in Birmingham brimming with confidence.
West Bromwich Albion enjoyed a fantastic start to the current Premier League campaign, but their performances have been far from impressive since the turn of the year. The Baggies have won just three matches in 2013, but they still seem to have done enough to end the campaign in the top half of the standings. With everything suggesting West Brom will finish the season in eighth place, the player may lack some motives during the season finale, which should give an extra edge to their next opponents. West Brom go into this fixture after the very poor showing in the defeat to West Ham, and it will be difficult for them to return to winning ways against in-form Arsenal, especially considering that key midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is suspended. It is perfectly clear that the team are still some way short of their top form and it shouldn’t be a surprise if they lose all three points at The Hawthorns against their more illustrious opponents.
On the other hand, the Gunners have finally started playing to their potential and they are eager to continue with scintillating displays when they travel to Birmingham this Saturday. Arsenal currently occupy the 5th place in the Premier League standings and they are just two points adrift of Champions League places. Following the West Brom match, Arsene Wenger’s men have two straight home games, meaning that three more victories in a row would probably see the Gunners return to top 4. Arsene Wenger has a number of important players missing at the moment, but the comfortable victory over Reading proved that the team are not too dependent on Theo Wallcott and Jack Wilshere. Given that Gervinho, Rosicky and Giroud all produced excellent performances against Reading,the trio is likely to cause West Brom defence all sorts of problems. Having said that, Arsenal are in good stead to continue the excellent run at the Hawthorns.