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Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion Live Commentary & Result, 09/05/2021, Premier League | Goal.com

Arsenal have won 10 of their 12 home Premier League games against West Brom, failing only in November 2004 (1-1) and September 2010 (2-3).

West Brom have made two changes to their side from their 1-1 draw against Wolves last time out. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is unavailable against his parent club and is replaced by Robinson. Phillips gets the nod to start in place of O’Shea as Allardyce alters his system to start with a back four. Phillips and Robinson play on the right and left flanks respectively with Pereira in behind Diagne in the final third.

Arsenal have made six changes to their side from their goalless draw against Villarreal during the week. Chambers and Gabriel slot into the back four alongside Holding. Saka could drop into a back four to start the contest, although Arteta may also operate with a back three. Ceballos and Elneny start in front of the backline, while Willian and Martinelli get the nod in the final third. Bellerin, Tierney, Partey, Odegaard and Aubameyang drop to the bench, while Pablo Mari misses out altogether.

WEST BROM SUBS: Hal Robson-Kanu, Jake Livermore, Grady Diangana, Lee Peltier, David Button, Dara O’Shea, Karlan Grant, Taylor Gardner-Hickman, Caleb Taylor.

WEST BROM (4-4-1-1): Sam Johnstone; Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Conor Townsend; Matt Phillips, Okay Yokuslu, Conor Gallagher, Callum Robinson; Matheus Pereira, Mbaye Diagne.

ARSENAL SUBS: Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Runar Alex Runarsson, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah.

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Bukayo Saka; Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos; Nicolas Pepe, Willian, Emile Smith Rowe; Gabriel Martinelli.

It’s now or never for West Brom. Anything other than a win this evening will end their time in the Premier League after only one season back in the top-flight. Sam Allardyce’s side are 10 points behind 17th-place Burnley with four games remaining. As a result, the Baggies must be flawless in their remaining four games. Back-to-back draws have not been good enough against Aston Villa and Wolves. Their form has been decent of late, but only a victory will suffice tonight.

Arsenal suffered a disappointing exit from the semi-finals of the Europa League during the week. The Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Villarreal, resulting in a 2-1 aggregate defeat. Mikel Arteta and his men must now turn the page to keep their hopes of returning to the competition alive next season. Arsenal are sitting 10th ahead of kick-off, but a win would put them back in the race for a top-seven spot. They cannot afford another disappointing outing.

Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.

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