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ARSENAL VS WEST BROM

Published:Friday | May 22, 2015 | 5:00 AM

ARSENAL (4-2-3-1)

OSPINA,

BELLERIN, MERTESACKER, KOSCIELNY, MONREAL,

COQUELIN, CAZORLA,

RAMSEY, OZIL,

SANCHEZ,

GIROUD

WBA (4-4-2)

BERAHINO, ANICHEBE,

MORRISON, YACOB, FLETCHER, GARDNER,

BRUNT, LESCOTT,

McAULEY, DAWSON,

MYHILL

Arsenal were held to a 0-0 draw by Sunderland on Wednesday, the third game in a row that they have failed to score at the Emirates. It means that a point against West Bromwich Albion will confirm third spot, though their goal difference is already better than Manchester United.

Albion, though, are finishing the season in some style. Tony Pulis arrived at the club to replace sacked manager Alan Irvine, who picked up just four wins and 17 points from 19 games. After one game under a caretaker Pulis took over in January and in 17 league games he has overseen seven wins and won 26 points.

Albion face the Gunners on the back of five-match unbeaten run which was extended on Monday when they handed champions Chelsea only their third defeat of the season with a 3-0 victory in their final home game of the season. In that five-game run Albion have conceded just one goal while Saido Berahino's brace against Chelsea took his tally of goals in all competitions to 20.

He is the first Albion player to score 20 goals or more since Kevin Phillips netted 24 in the 2007-8 season in the second tier. The last player to score 20-plus goals in the top flight for WBA was Garry Thompson, who scored 21 in the 1984-85 campaign.

Arsenal won 1-0 at The Hawthorns in November and are unbeaten in eight league games against the Baggies, winning six and drawing two. Albion last beat the Gunners in September 2010, winning 3-2 at the Emirates.