Arsenal look to record much-needed win against 'determined' West Bromwich Albion

Victory for Arsenal would relegate West Bromwich Albion from the Premier League for a joint-record fifth time along with Norwich City.

Mikel Arteta in a file photo. (Image Credit: Twitter/@Arsenal)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will look to record an important win in the upcoming match against West Bromwich Albion, considering the immense competition in the ongoing season of the Premier League. The London-based side have won 10 out of their 12 home matches in the league against West Brom. They were defeated only once by a margin of 2-3 in September 2010, with the only draw (1-1) registered in November 2004. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang recently became the sixth Arsenal player to score more than 10 goals, in each of their first four PL seasons with the club after Ian Wright, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette. This will certainly be a source of massive motivation, having been knocked out of the Europa League recently by Villareal.

West Brom head coach Sam Allardyce has never recorded a win at Arsenal. He registered a draw on 3 out of the 14 matches played so far, losing on each of his last nine visits. Another defeat would result in West Bromwich Albion getting relegated from the Premier League for a joint-record fifth time along with Norwich City.

‘We have to be professional’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta urged his players to be professional, despite being knocked out of the Europa League.

“We have a responsibility and we have to be professional. We know that we have four games to play, which still have things to define, and the best way to do that is on Sunday go out there and show how much we care, how painful that and win the football match,” he stated.

Arteta had words of praise for youngsters Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, who delivered a fine performance against Villareal.

“It gives me a lot of confidence because they have shown what they can do. It’s true that playing in a semi-final at this level is a different story, but as well they need the right surroundings around them to grow, without putting too much pressure on them,” he said.

“[Emile] took responsibility in the second half, he really tried. He had a big chance to score and I think he was feeling responsible, which is a good reaction from him but we have to bear in mind that those players have never played a game like that, it was their first experience and they have to go through that – and they will learn,” concluded Arteta.




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