It’s snowing aro.nd it. Children playing (well, Saka and Smith-Rowe), having f.n. It is the season of love and .nderstanding – Alexandre Lafayette all:
💬 “We have to maintain q.ality, keep scoring goals and contin.e to be more efficient in both halves of the field. Confidence has ret.rned, b.t we still have to work to be better.”
Will these cl.bs do b.siness in Jan.ary?
Reserve a tho.ght for the Hawthorns gro.nd crew. The highest football field in England, don’t yo. know?
The pitch staff work the pitch as the snow falls before the English Premier Leag.e match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns. Photograph: R.i Vieira / AFP / Getty Images
General view as the gro.nd crew clear the snow from the field inside the stadi.m before the match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal. Photograph: Michael Regan / Re.ters
Get the orange ball o.t, g.ys.
Coaches and match officials in disc.ssion. Photograph: Michael Regan / PA
Both temademake two changes: West Brom brings Ivanovic and Pereira, with Peltier moving to the bench and Cobbt having the night off. Meanwhile Ceballos and Lafayette enter the Arsenal side, Enemyneny and Martinelli fall to the bench.
Arsenal’s winning percentage in the Premier Leag.e with Lafayette and A.bameyang starting together is 39% compared to 52% when one or both are absent.
Anyway … a lot of snow is falling on The Hawthorns. Both coaches have been on the field with the referees to see the conditions. Plant personnel have been working hard to remove snow from the lines, b.t it is still settling on the playing s.rface. I hope everything is all right …
Team sheets have been handed over, and David L.iz and Willian ret.rn to Arsenal, b.t only to the bank:
West Brom: Johnstone, F.rlong, Ajayi, O’Shea, Ivanovic, Sawyers, Mathe.s Pereira, Phillips, GallaghDiannagana, Robinson. S.bs: Gibbs, Bartley, Grosicki, A.stin, Harper, Krovinovic, Peltier, B.ttDiaryiaby.
Arsenal: LeB.lletinerin, Holding, Pablo Mari, Tierney, CeballDhakahaka, Saka, Smith-Rowe, A.bameyang, Lafayette. S.bs: Willian, R.narsson, Maitland-Niles, Pepe, L.Enemyneny, Willock, Nketiah, Martinelli.
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
West Bromwich Albion
Jan.ary 2, 2021
📋 Tonight’s team …
# ️⃣ #WBAARS
A great game here between two temadeneeding points, both of which have inj.ry concerns for this match: West Brom might have to live witho.t Kieran Gibbs, while if the late aptit.de tests don’t go their way, Arsenal might feel compelled to play one or both of Willian and David L.iz.
West Brom have only won once in the leag.e this season, and have two points in their last six games (only avoiding defeat at Manchester City and Liverpool, wickedly). “Let’s hope they see Arsenal as great as they see Manchester City and Liverpool beca.se they seem to do well against temadethat they seem to be a little more scared of,” says Sam Allardyce. “I hope they fear Arsenal and that drives them to act like they did against Liverpool and certainly at The Hawthorns. We have to start earning points where we can ”.
Arsenal have won their last two games to inject some seasonal cheer into their season, having approached Christmas with a string of lo.sy performances and dismal res.lts. However, if they win this, they’ll be very good at 11th or 12th if the Wolves beat Brighton, and with mKayomadenot too far behind them. B.kayo Saka is likely to be key, altho.gh he came o.t with nine min.tes remaining in Brighton in Arsenal’s last game, aside from the game in Leeds in November when he was inj.red in the first half, he has missed j.sSincemin.tes of football leag.e. . since September – and it’s a minor inj.ry do.bt.
Anyway, eno.gh of me. Welcome!
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism