Scorching-hot Arsenal will look to keep their positive momentum alive at The Hawthorns on Sunday, as they visit West Bromwich Albion for the first time since last month's dramatic third-round Capital One Cup victory on penalty kicks.
Arsene Wenger's Gunners have won 10 consecutive matches following their stunning season-opening defeat to Aston Villa at Emirates. Led by Olivier Giroud, Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, Arsenal have outscored every Premier League contender outside of Manchester City.
As a result, the Gunners find themselves atop the league table through six matches, two points clear of second place and seven points up on the Baggies.
Will West Brom narrow the gap with a win at home this weekend, or will Arsenal retain command with another victory of their own?
Here, we'll get you ready with everything you need to know for Sunday's Premier League clash.
Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Time: 11 a.m. ET, 4 p.m. BST
Where: The Hawthorns, Sandwell, England
Watch: NBC Sports Network (U.S.), Sky Sports 1 (U.K.)
West Brom: 30.2 percent
Arsenal: 44.6 percent
Draw: 25.2 percent
*Odds according to Bloomberg Sports
Top Storyline: Short-Handed Gunners Aim to Keep Up Winning Ways
Arsenal will be without a key contributor for the next three weeks after defender Bacary Sagna suffered a hamstring injury in Tuesday's Champions League group stage win over Napoli, according to ESPNFC.com's Kevin Palmer.
Sagna is expected to return at the end of the month, but Carl Jenkinson is likely to fill in for now, as pointed out by Wenger via Palmer:
It is a blow [to lose Sagna] because he is a very complete defender. He is good in the air, can attack and he is a winner.
For us it’s a handicap, but Jenkinson is growing as a player and I’m sure he will do very well.
The 30-year-old Frenchman has one goal in eight total appearances in 2013-14, but is an excellent defender who brings phenomenal awareness and anticipation to the pitch. It will be interesting to see how the Gunners' defense fares without Sagna at the back on Sunday.
After letting up three goals against Aston Villa in the opener, Arsenal have conceded just four total over their past five Premier League matches, which have all been victories.
Given the momentum Arsenal have built up over the past few weeks and West Brom's recent failures at The Hawthorns, it's not at all difficult to foresee the Gunners picking up three points from this match.
Ozil has infused Wenger's squad with a shot of energy since coming over from Real Madrid, and Wojciech Szczesny has discovered newfound confidence in between the posts. Even without Sagna starring in defense, look for Arsenal to keep their winning streak alive this weekend.
The Baggies have managed to come away with just three points total from their three previous Premier League showdowns at home, while Arsenal have won all of their league outings away from Holloway.
Arsenal 2, West Brom 1
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