Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Arsenal vs. West Bromwich Albion: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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Premier League enemies Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion will square off for the first time this season at Emirates Stadium, where Arsene Wenger's Gunners will be taking aim at a vital three points. 

Across the pitch, Steve Clarke's Baggies will be looking to right the ship having lost two consecutive Premier League matches. 

Here we get you set with everything you need to know for Saturday's Premier League clash in London.

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Where: Emirates Stadium, England

When: Saturday, December 8 at 10:00 a.m. ET

Watch: FOX Soccer Channel

Live Streaming: FOXSoccer2Go

 

What's At Stake?

For Arsenal, Saturday's match is vital if the Gunners hope to begin moving up the Premier League table. Arsenal is 10th coming into the match, trailing fifth-place Albion by five points.

As for the visitors, three points gained this weekend would ensure they keep pace with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in the top four.

 

What They're Saying

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According to the Premier League's official Twitter account, Mike Jones will referee Saturday's match at Emirates Stadium:

The 44-year-old last officiated Sunday's match between Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic, in which three yellow cards, one red card and one penalty were given.

Beyond Saturday's match, it was reported earlier this week that former Arsenal star Thierry Henry would be returning to the Gunners on a loan, beginning on Jan. 1 according to Goal.com's Wayne Veysey:

Henry has told Arsenal that he wants to return to the Emirates Stadium and the Londoners are now thrashing out an agreement with his club, New York Red Bulls, on the terms of the deal. The key sticking point is the length of the loan, with Arsene Wenger keen to have the 35-year-old for as long as possible.

Although Henry won't be at Wenger's disposal this weekend against Albion, his much-anticipated return to Arsenal will surely be the topic of conversation if the Gunners' attack struggles.

 

Arsenal Player to Watch: Santi Cazorla

Santi Cazorla is experiencing significant success in his first year with Arsenal. The Spanish midfielder has four goals and three assists in 15 Premier League starts in 2012. Cazorla is also the Gunners' most active offensive player in Premier League competition, with 51 shots, 18 of which have landed on target.

The 27-year-old is goalless and without an assist in his past three Premier League appearances however, which suggests he could breakthrough at any time. Perhaps at home this weekend against Albion.

 

West Bromwich Albion Player to Watch: Shane Long

Irish forward Shane Long has been a stud up front for Steve Clarke's squad this season, scoring five goals and assisting on four other scores in 14 Premier League matches. Albion has dropped its last two matches, but has won the last two games that Long has scored in. 

Look for the 25-year-old to truly test Arsenal's back line on Saturday with his goal scoring punch, while also creating chances for his teammates.

 

Prediction 

West Brom may be fifth in the Premier League coming into Saturday's showdown, but it has dropped its last two matches and likely won't find any luck in north London. On the other side, Arsenal is desperate for a victory at home, and will no doubt pull out all the stops to earn the three points.

Arsenal 2, West Bromwich Albion 1

 

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