Arsenal will be looking to end 2017 with good momentum heading into the new year with another three points when they travel to the Hawthorns on New Year’s Eve to face a West Brom side winless in their last 18 Premier League matches.
The Gunners enjoyed a 3-2 victory at Crystal Palace on Thursday night in a game where the scoreline should have been much more comfortable.
Defensively Arsenal do remain vulnerable and have conceded five goals in their last two games after keeping back-to-back clean sheets against West Ham and Newcastle. However, they created a lot of chances at Selhurst Park and will be looking to do so again this weekend.
Alan Pardew’s West Brom won’t have been too disappointed to have taken a 0-0 draw at home to Everton on Boxing Day even though it leaves them in the relegation zone. However, the Baggies have scored just two goals in their six games in December so far, taking only three points, which must be a real concern.
I don’t see the fortunes of the home side changing on Sunday either, albeit they will have had more than 24 hours additional rest. However, Arsenal have the better strength in depth, allowing Arsene Wenger to rotate sufficiently.
It’s all about the front three for Arsenal in this one – Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette are all capable of breaking down this West Brom defence and scoring goals. The hosts themselves have not been potent in front of goal with Salomon Rondon up front and perhaps Petr Cech can keep his 200th Premier League clean sheet as a result before we head into 2018.