Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion tips – Gunners to return to winning ways
Arsenal need to do more than draw in Thursday evening's clash
April 20th, 2016
Back-to-back draws against West Ham and Crystal Palace have dented Arsenal’s top-four ambitions and while they still sit in fourth place in the Premier League, their continued occupancy of that position is very much under threat from fifth-placed Manchester United whose 1-0 weekend win over Aston Villa has closed the gap between the sides to just four points.
Arsene Wenger’s men have struggled with some dismal form of late and this effectively ended any title aspirations they may have had some weeks ago, indeed the Gunners boss admits that a top-three or top-four finish is the best that his side can realistically hope for.
“I am not in that kind of mood to dream about the championship,” Gunners boss Arsene Wenger said following 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.”
The stalemate against Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium saw Arsenal fall to fourth in the league table, thus allowing Manchester United to close the gap to a mere four points thanks to their 1-0 win over Championship-bound Aston Villa. Wenger may be desperate to lift his side to a much-needed win on Thursday, but can they manage this against West Brom this week?
The bookies clearly think so and make the Gunners odds-on favourites to seal the three points with Bet365 going 2/7 for an Arsenal victory. They may be far from their very best of late, however they should dominate against a Baggies side which have managed just a single win in their last ten away games.
We may expect the home side to win on Thursday but we’re not expecting too many goals. Whilst Arsenal may be playing some attractive football, they aren’t managing to score too often in front of their home fans with just 24 goals at the Emirates compared to 32 away from home. With that in mind, we’ll be backing a low-scoring encounter and backing Arsenal to win and under 2.5 goals at 12/5 with William Hill.