Having overcome Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Arsene Wenger returns to the scene of his other greatest low of last season – the Hawthorns.
In March the Gunners were humbled in a 3-1 defeat that led to questions over Wenger’s future, not least because of the two planes that hovered over the Midlands demanding separately that he go and that fans treat him with respect.
West Brom are now under new management but have not yet benefitted from any particular ‘bounce’ under Alan Pardew and are winless in the league since the second weekend of the season, though they have proven to be a tough nut to crack against top sides.
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West Brom host Arsenal at the Hawthorns on Sunday, December 31. Kick-off is at 4:30pm.
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Alexandre Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in his opening three home Premier League matches, claiming both goals in the 2-0 victory overWest Bromwich Albion.
After Jay Rodriguez had hit a post for West Brom, Arsenal took the lead as Lacazette headed in when he reacted first to an Alexis Sanchez free-kick that came off the bar on 20 minutes.
West Brom, for whom Gareth Barry became the leading PL appearance maker with 633, responded well and Rodriguez was denied again by a goalline clearance from Nacho Monreal.
Arsenal controlled the second period and doubled their lead on 67 minutes, Lacazette converting a penalty after Aaron Ramsey was fouled by Allan Nyom.
Arsene Wenger’s side, unbeaten in three matches, move up to seventh while West Brom slip to 12th.