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Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion: match preview

Arsenal kick off against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow at 10 AM EDT for their sixth Premier League fixture of the year.  The match will be shown on Fox Soccer Channel.

The Gunners must go into the match with a number of injuries to first teamers.  Abou Diaby has a chance to feature, but Thomas Vermaelen, Cesc Fabregas, Nicklas Bendtner, Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Emmanuel Frimpong, and Kieran Gibbs are all unavailable.  Tomas Rosicky and Emmanuel Eboué will need last-minute checks.

Bearing that in mind, this is a match in which Arsenal generally take care of business.  West Brom have not managed a victory against the Gunners in quite some time, but the squad that Arsenal will face tomorrow has started the season quite well and will be carrying momentum into the match following their 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Carling Cup.

Arsène Wenger is aware of the danger and of the need to keep the momentum going from Arsenal's own Carling Cup win, saying "They rested ten players in the Carling Cup, and so did Man City, so it is very difficult to compare that game...But we do not speculate on any weakness of West Brom anyway, we just want to play at our best...What is important is we keep the momentum going and we can only do that if we are on full cylinders."

Expected to provide those "cylinders" will probably be the following:


Sagna         Squillaci         Koscielny        Clichy

Rosicky        Song         Wilshere

Nasri                    Chamakh                 Arshavin

Thoughts on the lineup?  Should Johan Djourou get a game to give one of the Frenchmen a rest?  Should Carlos Vela get a start on the wing?  If Tommy can't go, who fills in for him?  Lansbury?