Match Preview : Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion

Arsenal’s title challenge has taken a real hit following two straight defeats which has left them nine points behind league leaders Chelsea. The Gunners will hope a return to home soil will bring renewed confidence, as they haven’t lost at the Emirates since a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool in August.

West Brom turned in a disappointing performance in a 2-0 defeat at home to Manchester United on Saturday and Tony Pulis will be demanding a response on Boxing Day. They will, however, have to sort out their mixed away form, which has only yielded two wins all season.

Arsenal have won all of their last six home league meetings with West Brom and have kept a clean sheet in four of the last five. Even though their form has dipped in recent weeks they should have enough to overcome the Baggies on Monday. Naija and Bet

Team News

Arsenal – Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is ruled out for Arsenal’s Boxing Day match against West Brom after lasting just 12 minutes as a substitute before being forced off in the second half of their 2-1 defeat to Manchester City because of injury.

With a host of players ruled out due to injury, there may be few changes from the side that lost to City on Sunday. Mohamed Elneny may profit with a chance in the team here.

Danny Welbeck is back in full training although isn’t expected to feature on Monday.

West Bromwich Albion – Jonny Evans has missed West Brom’s last two matches due to injury and he remains a doubt for the trip to Arsenal on Monday.

Following Nacer Chadli’s anonymous showing against Manchester United last time out, Tony Pulis may have wanted to recall James Morrison to the team for the trip to Arsenal but the midfielder hasn’t trained all week due to illness and appears unlikely to feature here.

Salomon Rondon escaped an FA ban for his altercation with United defender Marcos Rojo and is free to play here.

Match Facts

Arsenal have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 5 home matches against West Brom in all competitions.

Arsenal have won 8 of their last 9 home matches against West Brom in all competitions.

There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 9 of West Brom’s last 11 away games (Premier League).

Arsenal have kept a clean sheet in 6 of their last 8 home matches against West Brom in all competitions.

There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Arsenal’s last 5 Premier League games.

Arsenal have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 home matches against West Brom in all competitions.

Arsenal are undefeated in their last 7 home matches in Premier League.

NaijaBet Odds

As at this post Arsenal has 1.32 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while West Brom has 9.78 odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 5.57.

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