It has been a frustrating couple of weeks for the North London side, who have fired blanks in their last three home matches and needed a fortunate own goal to earn them a point at Manchester United. However, only an unlikely goals swing would see them relinquish third place to the Red Devils.
There was plenty of endeavour in their attempts to end the Emirates Stadium drought against Sunderland on Wednesday, but they again could not find a breakthrough against a determined and resolute defence. West Brom are likely to be just as tough a unit to breach.
And the visitors will come into this brimming with confidence after pulling off a comprehensive victory over champions Chelsea on Monday. Saido Berahino was back to his best form, so Head Coach Tony Pulis will be desperate for this not to be the striker’s final game for the club.
For Pulis, this completes a fine second half of the season since taking charge, inspiring the side to the highest number of Premier League clean sheets in 2015. He is capable of maintaining their progress next term, especially having made light work of what looked a daunting run-in.
Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will not be fit enough to play a part for Arsenal along with Danny Welbeck, who is likely to miss the FA Cup final.
West Brom have no new injury worries and could be unchanged from the side that beat Chelsea. Ben Foster remains their only absentee.
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