Arsene Wenger admits that he’s wary of West Bromwich Albion’s ability in the air and warned his side against giving away set pieces when Arsenal visit the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Since Tony Pulis took charge of the Baggies in January 2015, they have scored a higher proportion of goals from set-pieces (47.8% – 43/90) than any other team in the Premier League. That Tony, he’ll never change.
“West Brom have strong deliveries and they know as well that they have to be very efficient on that,” the manager told Arsenal.com.
“The best way for us is to take the game to them and not to be too much on the defensive side and not have too many set-pieces against you. I believe that overall we have been quite good defensively on set-pieces, but this will be a test.
“In the Premier League, away from home every game is a big away game. West Brom are in a very comfortable position, they are not under threat to go down, they have no special fear and they have talent.
“So of course, it’s a menacing challenge for us, but we have to make sure we are ready for it and that we believe in our game.”
On the plus side, the Gunners have a decent Premier League record against today’s opponents losing just one of the last 12 meetings and winning nine. We also have a 100 per cent scoring record against the Midlands outfit.
Let’s hope we can keep that up today.