Arsenal vs. West Brom: Match Preview and Projected Starting XI

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Arsenal will look to continue their incredible climb back up the EPL table this weekend as they host West Brom. Manager Arsene Wenger has erased all talk of his possible sacking, as Arsenal have steered themselves away from their crisis earlier this season.

In all competitions, Arsenal have won eight of their last ten games and will be hoping to make it nine out of eleven this weekend.

It seems that Arsenal's issues from the beginning of the season have been solved with their recent run of form. The back four is looking very solid with the return of Thomas Vermaelen and the outstanding play of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Aaron Ramsey has comfortably filled the void of the creative midfielder for Arsene Wenger's side since the departure of Cesc Fabregas and the injury to Jack Wilshere.

Finally, Robin van Persie’s form clearly stands as the catalyst of Arsenal's recent success. Without his moments of magic and his ridiculous goal scoring output, Arsenal would be in a very different situation. We could very be discussing the downfall of Arsenal right about now and Arsene Wenger's potential sacking if it wasn't for Robin Van Persie.

West Brom have had a similar road as Arsenal this season. Roy Hodgson's side started the season poorly, but it seems that they have bounced back from their horrible start with their recent form. Before West Brom lost to Liverpool 3-0 last weekend, Roy Hodgson's side were unbeaten in their previous four games.

Defeating this in-form West Brom side will be a tough task for the Gunners. Last season, West Brom were victorious at the Emirates stadium when they outclassed Arsenal in a surprise 3-2 victory.

Arsene Wenger admitted that he made a mistake by not starting Van Persie in Arsenal's 0-0 draw with Marseille in the midweek. I expect Arsene Wenger not to make the same mistake against this dangerous West Brom side in another vital fixture for Arsenal.

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