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From BBC ...

West Bromwich Albion are boosted by the return of Jonathan Greening, who will replace Richard Chaplow.

The recall of Greening is likely to be the only change manager Bryan Robson makes to the side.

Arsenal welcome Mathieu Flamini back to their squad after injury, but fellow midfielder Freddie Ljungberg (hip) and striker Thierry Henry (groin) are out.

Dennis Bergkamp could be handed a start, but Sol Campbell may have to again settle for a place on the bench.

West Brom (from): Hoult, Albrechtsen, Gaardsoe, Clement, Robinson, Gera, Wallwork, Richardson, Chaplow, Greening, Inamoto, Campbell, Horsfield, Earnshaw, Kanu, Moore, Scimeca, Kuszczak.


# WEST BROMWICH ALBION have a massive fight on their hands if they're going to avoid this being their second one season stay in the Premier League, considering the calibre of opposition yet to play. They must face Arsenal at home, then Manchester United away - two sides locked in a battle for runners-up spot. The last fixture is against Portsmouth at the Hawthorns.

# Albion were left to rue missed chances in the 4-0 loss at Middlesbrough last weekend, and the midweek 1-1 home draw with Blackburn. They've not won in four, but lost only one of the last six and are defending a seven-match undefeated run at home. The Baggies have lost three times as many League games as they have won (15 to five), and are chasing a fifth win in Bryan Robson's 24th Premiership match in charge.

# Albion have drawn five and lost six of the last 11 League meetings with Arsenal at the Hawthorns. The Baggies' only victory in 15 home League exchanges with the Gunners was 1-0 in the top flight on 28 February 1973.

# ARSENAL have not finished outside the Premiership's top two in seven seasons, and are in the driving seat to extend that to eight. This visit to the Hawthorns sees the top scorers in the top division facing one of the lowest.

# The FA Cup finalists are undefeated in 11 games. They've won seven and drawn two of the last nine in the top flight, and have won seven more on their Premiership travels than the Baggies have managed at home. They've also conceded as many away from home, as West Brom have scored at the Hawthorns.

# The Gunners dominated the reverse fixture in November, but their only score from Robert Pires came after a fumble from Baggies keeper Russell Hoult. Substitute Robert Earnshaw earned the point, four minutes after coming on.

Neale Barry (Lincolnshire)


Club stats
Going into the weekend: 18th 30 points
(all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premiership fixtures)

# Not won in four - all Premiership.
# Drawn three and lost one League games since beating Everton 1-0 at home on 3 April.
# Lost one of the last six in the Premiership.
# Scored one goal in each of five of the last six League outings.
# Six points better off at this identical stage than in the season before last - their only previous Premier League campaign - which resulted in relegation.
# Won five Premiership matches all season. Only Southampton can identify with that.
# Drawn more matches in the highest League than any other club (15).
# Won four, drawn nine and lost 10 Premiership games under Bryan Robson.
# Drawn seven and lost 13 of the 20 League matches in which the opposition has scored first.
# Scored 33 Premiership goals. Only Blackburn have netted fewer (30).
# Conceded 15 goals in the last 15 minutes of Premiership matches this season. Only Crystal Palace have shipped more in that final quarter-hour segment (16).
# Managed six clean sheets in this League campaign.
# Never won a Premiership match in their history when the opening goal has been conceded.
# Suffered the longest winless streak in the Premiership this season (15 games between 16 October and 16 January). Every club owning this particular sequence at the end of the campaign have never maintained their Premiership status.
# Their 33 goals have been scored by just 10 different players (excluding the two own goals). Only Crystal Palace has a shorter Premiership scorers list containing nine players.
# Won 11 of 73 Premiership matches all time.

# Not lost at home in eight in all competitions.
# Won three and drawn five League and Cup games at the Hawthorns, since the 0-5 loss to Liverpool on Boxing Day.
# Seeking an eighth win from their 37th home Premiership match all time.
# Gained 20 home Premiership points so far this season - fewer than any other club.
# Won just four home top grade encounters. No club has won fewer.
# Scored just 15 times in the highest League at the Hawthorns - the lowest such tally in the division.

Club stats
Going into the weekend: 2nd 74 points
(all statistics are ahead of this weekend's round of Premiership fixtures)

# Undefeated in 11 in all competitions.
# Won nine and drawn two since losing to Bayern Munich 3-1 in the Champions League in Germany on 22 February.
# Conceded one goal in 10 League and Cup outings.
# Won 22 Premiership games so far this season. Only Chelsea (26) have won more.
# Lost four top division games. Only Chelsea (one) have lost less.
# Scored 74 top tier goals (one every 41 minutes on average) - more than any other club.
# Failed to score in three Premiership games - fewer than any other club. Lost at Manchester United and Bolton, and held Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
# Scored first in 27 matches in the highest echelon. No club can match that.
# Won 13 and the 14 League games when clean sheets have been kept.
# Scored 30 of their 74 League goals in the quarter-hours either side of half time.
# Conceded only once in the first 15 minutes of Premiership games this season - fewer than any other club.
# A total of 58 red cards have been shown to Arsenal players, since Arsene Wenger has been manager.
# Hold the highest aggregate in the top flight. Their 34 Premiership games have yielded 107 goals (74 for, 33 against). Norwich's is the next highest (105 goals, 38 for, 67 against).

# Undefeated in seven in all competitions on the road.
# Unbeaten in five on their Premiership travels.
# Won three and drawn two on the road in the top flight since losing 1-0 at Bolton on 15 January.
# Not conceded in six League and Cup matches away from home.
# Kept three successive clean sheets in away League games, and not conceded in 293 minutes (four hours 53 minutes) of Premiership football away from Highbury, since Peter Crouch's equaliser for Southampton at St Mary's on 26 February.
# Lost one of nine away matches at the highest League level.
# Collected 36 Premiership points away from Highbury. Chelsea have 41.
# Won 11 top flight games on the road. Only Chelsea have done better with 13.
# Scored 30 goals on their Premiership travels - only Chelsea can beat that (31).


Squad profiles

# If he participates, Andy JOHNSON will be playing on his 31st birthday.
# Nwankwo KANU is a hat trick short of scoring 50 goals for English clubs (Arsenal and West Brom).
# If he plays, Ronnie WALLWORK will be making his 50th League appearance for Albion.

Squad profiles

(these are ahead of this weekend's round of Premiership fixtures.)
# Thierry HENRY still holds a commanding lead in the list of club goals among Premiership players despite an injury lay off. He's netted 30 - eight more than Jermain DEFOE of Tottenham.
# HENRY also leads the way in the Barclays Golden Boot standings with 25 Premiership goals, five ahead of Andy JOHNSON of Crystal Palace.
# The French scoring ace is within four goals of Ian Wright's record 185 for Arsenal.

Arsenal 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
20 November 2004 - Ref: Howard Webb
Arsenal scorer: Pires 54
WBA scorer: Earnshaw 79

League: WBA 30 wins, Arsenal 51, Draws 26
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Arsenal 2, Draws 1

League: WBA 21 wins, Arsenal 20, Draws 12
Prem: WBA 0 wins, Arsenal 1, Draws 0

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Cant really see us gettign anythign out of this, I'd like to think we can score, but Arsenal have been very frugal in the goals conceded column recntly.

A set piece and a header, Gera maybe Clement.

1-2 Arsenal.
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