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Wednesday 20:00 – West Brom v Arsenal
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This is a clash between two teams who have had massively contrasting starts to the new season. Arsenal have been calamitous so far, even if they have been hampered in their efforts by injuries and coronavirus. But, the performances in their two opening defeat have been very poor for Mikel Arteta’s men, as they were bullied around the park by both Brentford and Chelsea.
Meanwhile, West Brom have been flying in the Championship under new boss Valérien Ismaël, and they come into this contest on the back of three wins on the bounce. They could potentially even rest more players than their Premier League opponents for this game.
Despite what has gone on previous to this match, I am going to side with Arsenal to win this tie inside the 90 minutes – in what would be their first victory of the 2021/22 campaign.
You’d feel that Arsenal cannot play as badly in this game as they have in their other games this season, so you have to fancy against a West Brom side who will have their eyes firmly on the Championship, in order to ensure a swift return to the Premier League.
We could see new signing Aaron Ramsdale come into the nets to make his debut, while the starting XI may also feature Granit Xhaka, Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pépé. Alexandre Lacazette is now reportedly back in full training, so you expect him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang back in the squad also.
I believe we should see a few goals in this clash at The Hawthorns, so I’m also tipping Over 2.5 Goals. Arsenal take on Man City on Saturday, and nobody will expect them to a result there. Losing this game could potentially more damaging than that one for The Gunners and their embattled manager. That is why I reckon Arsenal will go with a strong line-up on Wednesday evening, and the net should ripple on a few occasions.
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