Arsenal will hope to claim their 500th Premier League victory when they face West Brom on Thursday night – but are not expected to gamble on Jack Wilshere in the Emirates Stadium clash.
Jack Wilshere is expected to miss out on Arsenal’s Premier League clash with West Brom on Thursday night.
The midfielder is fit after recovering from a broken fibula but manager Arsene Wenger is not likely to risk the 24-year-old when the Baggies visit the Emirates Stadium.
Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and Tomas Rosicky (thigh) are also back in training but will not feature, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) is out.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has a few knocks and niggles to contend with.
Pulis is not prepared to risk players who might then be struggling for Monday’s clash with title challengers Tottenham.
Alex Pritchard could make his return from an ankle problem, but James Morrison (hamstring) is not yet available.
- West Bromwich Albion beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Hawthorns earlier this season, despite only having one shot on target.
- Only one of the 13 Premier League meetings between Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and a side managed by Tony Pulis has ever ended as an away win. Pulis has lost all seven visits to the Emirates Stadium.
- The Gunners had been unbeaten in nine Premier League games against the Baggies before their defeat at the Hawthorns back in November (W7 D2).
- West Bromwich Albion have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (W1 D5 L5).
- Alexis Sanchez has scored or assisted seven goals in his last six Premier League games (four goals, three assists) after delivering just one in his previous 10.
- West Brom have averaged lower than a goal a game under Tony Pulis in the Premier League (0.98 – 50 goals in 51 games).
- However, the Baggies have kept a clean sheet in 21 of Tony Pulis’ 51 Premier League games in charge of the club (41% of matches).
- Arsenal have won just four of their last 13 Premier League games (W4 D6 L3), only one more victory than West Brom in their last 13 PL matches (three wins).
- Saido Berahino has scored just four goals in 28 Premier League appearances this season, after netting 14 in 2014-15.
- The Gunners are currently on 499 Premier League victories – only Manchester United (583) have won more in the competition.
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