Off back of getting the best of one of last season’s demons we go to face another on New Year’s Eve. Like Crystal Palace away last season, West Brom away was another car crash as we fell to a 3-1 defeat while Wenger In’s and Out’s had a plane war above The Hawthornes.
Quite an embarrassing day wasn’t it. Well this time around, showing that we are able to go to these places and win again last night, maybe we can expect something different.
As well as using the Crystal Palace result to drive us to another three points, this isn’t the same West Brom we’ll be facing. Instead of the Tony Pulis, set piece-heavy football, we’ll be met by Alan Pardew, who isn’t quite as direct as Pulis.
Also, the West Brom team we’ll be facing haven’t actually won a Premier League game since August, leaving them 19th in the league.
Knowing this going into the game, it’s hard to visualise anything other than an Arsenal win, especially with us coming back into form over the last few games.
However, this is Arsenal we’re talking about, and even with the embarrassment of last season, West Brom hasn’t been the most rewarding trip for us to make of late.
Of our last five visits to The Hawthornes we’ve only won once, thanks to a late, late goal from Danny Welbeck, so we’ll have to really be at it come Sunday.
Furthermore, the test could be made even harder if Arsene Wenger chooses to rotate the side in light of the Chelsea game on Wednesday.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind a few changes here and there to keep our crucial players fresh for midweek but with our recent history at West Brom it could be risky.
Either way, another three points is a must as, if other results go our way we could sneak back into the top four at the turn of the year. But as we know, things at Arsenal don’t go to plan that often.