Arsenal have four matches to fight for pride as they go into the business end of the season with nothing to play for domestically after missing out on a Europa League final.
Bowing out the way they did in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final to Villarreal would have been a bitter pill to swallow, especially when it was their former manager Unai Emery who was on the winning side this time around.
However, Mikel Arteta’s side have the chance to put one team’s survival chances to bed and send West Brom down to the Championship.
It will not be without a few headaches on the way, as it seems to be the theme for Arsenal not just this season but since Arsene Wenger left.
However, they have won 10 of their last 12 Premier League games against West Brom – drawing 1-1 back in November 2004 and losing 3-2 in September 2010.
In their last seven meetings at Arsenal, West Brom have lost each game with an aggregate score of 15-1 – not exactly the statistics you want to read if you are a Hawthorns fan.
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Nine of Arsenal’s 17 home league game have been goalless at half-time and with a stubborn West Brom side coming to north London they will need to have a little bit of patience.
The hosts will be determined to respond after their Europa League exit and taking the lead in the second-half will confirm West Brom’s relegation too.
The club and squad should be frustrated after missing out on Europa League football after their performance on Thursday night but one person in particular will be Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
A golden chance came up in the dying embers of the match when Aubameyang’s header beat the goalkeeper but hit the post – their best chance in the second leg.
No one will be more annoyed by the match than the club captain who will be fired up for his next appearance to right a few wrongs for himself.
West Brom to keep Aubameyang quiet will be a tough ask so I’m backing him to score anytime at 5/6.