ARSENAL will finish this season trophyless after their Europa League exit by Villarreal in the week.
And next face West Brom in the Premier League this weekend, who need a miracle to have any hope of staying in the top flight this season.
When is Arsenal vs West Brom?
- Arsenal vs West Brom takes place on Sunday, May 9.
- The match kicks off at 7pm BST.
- The Emirates Stadium – with no fans in attendance – plays host.
What TV channel and live stream is Arsenal vs West Brom on?
Arsenal vs West Brom will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1.
BT begin their coverage at 6pm.
How can I watch if for FREE?
- EE customers can get BT Sport INCLUDED to their plan at no extra cost if they are on a plan with Smart Benefits – simply log in to EE and choose BT Sport app.
- And then get it on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150 to get a FREE three-month trial of large screen so you can cast all the action on your TV.
- At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £15 per month subscription unless cancelled.
What is the team news?
Grani Xhaka is a doubt for Arsenal. The Swiss star withdrew from their Europa League tie against Villarreal with a muscle problem and was replaced before kick-off with Kieran Tierney.
David Luiz (hamstring) is a doubtful to feature.
What have they said?
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on young stars Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka: "It gives me a lot of confidence because they have shown what they can do."
"It's true that playing in a semi-final at this level is a different story, but as well they need the right surroundings around them to grow, without putting too much pressure on them.
"[Emile] took responsibility in the second half, he really tried. He had a big chance to score and I think he was feeling responsible, which is a good reaction from him but we have to bear in mind that those players have never played a game like that, it was their first experience and they have to go through that – and they will learn."
- Sam Dymond
ALBION UP AGAINST IT
So, while a draw would prolong the inevitable, West Brom really need to win all four of their remaining matches to have any realistic hope of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.
The problem is that run of games begins this evening with Arsenal away, and it's not a fixture that's been kind to the Baggies.
Not only have Albion lost each of their last seven trips to the Emirates by an aggregate scoreline of 15-1, they've also conceded to Arsenal in ALL 25 of their Premier League meetings.
Tonight would be the perfect time for a classic Big Sam defensive masterclass.
- Sam Dymond
Welcome to SunSport’s coverage of Arsenal against West Bromwich Albion, live from the Emirates Stadium.
This may not be a fixture for the neutrals, but it’s hardly a game for the diehards either given both clubs’ calamitous campaigns – and it could yet get worse.
The Gunners’ season appeared to hit rock bottom on Thursday night when they failed to overturn a first leg deficit against Villarreal in the semi-final of the Europa League.
In doing so, their hopes of playing in the Champions League next year were dashed, and soon, any feint, lingering, unrealistic dreams of another stint in Europe’s secondary competition will also end.
With the club facing the prospect of no European football for the first time in a quarter of a century, the pressure is mounting on manager Mikel Arteta.
If Arsenal fans feel they have it tough though, then spare a thought for the Baggies, who will be relegated tonight if they are beaten in North London.
Albion are no strangers to the drop, of course, having endured it on four previous occasions since the Premier League’s inception, but Sam Allardyce is.
The West Brom boss has never suffered relegation from the top-flight as a coach, and will have to make at least one change to his side as he prepares to delay the inevitable for another week.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles is unavailable to face his parent club while Robert Snodgrass has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a back problem.
Meanwhile, the recuperating Kieran Tierney was thrust into Arsenal's starting line-up in midweek once Granit Xhaka succumbed to injury, and the left-back may be required again if Cedric remains absent through illness.
We’ll have confirmation of tonight’s teams soon as well as further build-up ahead of a 7pm kick-off.
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