Arsenal v West Brom tips – Can Gunners leapfrog Man City tonight?

Arsenal are winless in their last two outings. Will it be a third on the trot when they face the Baggies tonight?

Arsenal v West Brom tips – Can Gunners leapfrog Man City tonight?

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Glen Laidlaw

April 21st, 2016

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It wouldn’t really need anything exceptional for the Gunners to overtake third-placed Manchester City in the Premier League table, however given that the Citizens sit a single point above Arsenal with superior goal difference, Arsene Wenger’s men need to return to winning ways quickly should they harbour ambitions of finishing in the top three this season.

Clearly, the Gunners boss will realise that any title aspirations which he may have had are now long gone and instead he must now concentrate on lifting his side into an Champions League qualification berth, although drawing against the likes of West Ham and Crystal Palace most certainly isn’t the way to do this.

Ok so coming away from the Boleyn Ground with a point isn’t to be sniffed at, given that the Hammers have been playing some excellent football this season, although the manner in which they capitulated before the break is perhaps cause for concern.

No matter, the Gunners still have five games left to play – one more than the sides above them in the table – and a victory against West Brom this evening would indeed place them firmly above Manchester City as things stand, although with the chasing trio of Manchester United, West Ham United and Liverpool all winning their respective games last night, the mission for the Gunners is crystal clear – win at all costs.

Arsene Wenger is clearly aware of the danger posed by the sides behind Arsenal in the table.

“I am not in that kind of mood to dream about the championship,” he said after the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace . “I am more in the kind of mood to repair the mental damage and prepare for the next game [against West Brom]. It is much more about that and to look behind us because everybody is playing well and winning games. For us it could be a fight until the end to get the place in the top four. If we can do more, we will do more but let’s not dream.”

Despite failing to win in their last two attempts, the bookies are optimistic about their chances of sealing the three points tonight with Paddy Power going 2/7 for a home win at the Emirates. The side may not be at their best but they should dominate against a Baggies side which have managed just a solitary win in their last ten outings away from the Hawthorns.

The home team may dominate, however it is questionable whether we will see too many goals. The Gunners haven’t exactly been prolific in front of goal this season and while their style of football is admittedly attractive, their lack of killer instinct has resulted in just 24 goals at the Emirates, far short of their 32 on the road since the start of the season. This is something that we believe will prove to be the case and therefore we recommend going Under 2.5 goals at 11/8 with Betfair.

 

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