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Injury Crisis 2 - Pig In The City

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Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion
English Premier League
Saturday, November 29, 2014
4.45AM PT/7.45AM ET/12.45PM BT
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich
Current Form: ARS Dortmund game was great! | WBA not that different from Arsenal really
US TV: NBCSN | Worldwide TV livesoccertv.com

After a nice tidy win over Dortmund on Wednesday, Arsenal make the short trek up to the Midlands to face a West Brom team who have also lost their last two league games, against Chelsea and Newcastle.

The good news for Arsenal is that Olivier Giroud is back and eligible, after having last Wednesday off thanks to not being registered for the group stages after his early season injury.  The bad news is that Injury Crisis 2 is rearing its ugly head, with Szcz, Welbeck, Wilshere, Sanogo and Arteta all picking up injuries of varying severity in the past week.  So once again it's Martinez in goal; he did well against Dortmund, which was nice to see, and I have confidence he'll play well against the Baggies.

West Brom, on the other hand, are in rude health, and should be able to start a more or less full strength squad. Saido Berahino is a doubt, though, after being arrested for an alleged DUI, and if he's out that's a big chunk of their attack gone; WBA can defend well, so they could cause Arsenal some problems while creating very few of their own.

I feel like I've written this before, but I'm very curious as to which Arsenal will show up; the Arsenal that played really well over the last two games is the one I want to see. If that Arsenal shows up, this game should be fairly straightforward; if the other Arsenal shows up, it may be a long afternoon (or morning, depending on where you are).