Just when you think Arsenal are about to completely implode, after consecutive Premier League losses thanks to Manchester United and Swansea, the Gunners go and pull a stonker of a result out of the bag, such as the 2-0 Champions League downing of Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
If it wasn’t for that fine effort, featuring a goal from none other than previously-hopeless forward Yaya Sanogo, then Arsenal would be travelling to the Midlands to face West Brom with understandable apprehension.
As it is, Arsene Wenger’s men can hit the Hawthorns full of confidence, having also won two of their past three away games in all competitions, and look a cracking bet to continue that solid road run at 87/100.
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The Baggies have been hopeless at home in 2014, winning just four times in all competitions on their own patch since New Year’s Day.
Boss Alan Irvine has hardly sparked a renaissance in front of the faithful since stepping into the Hawthorns hotseat over the summer; the Glaswegian did oversee consecutive home victories over Hull and Burnley in September, but they remain West Brom’s only such wins this term.
To make matters worse for Irvine and co, Arsenal hitman Olivier Giroud, who has posted a noteworthy tally of 42 goals since signing on at the Emirates two-and-a-half years ago, is back from injury and clearly raring to go again.
Giroud bagged a consolation strike within 15 minutes of his Gunners return last time out in the league against United, and an Arsenal victory featuring a goal from the Frenchman can be backed at 9/4.