Gunners in search of away-day win at Hawthorns
Gunners in search of away-day win at Hawthorns

Having secured qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League, Arsenal can now turn their attention to Premier League matches with West Brom and Southampton.

The Gunners visit the Hawthorns for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off before hosting Southampton next Wednesday.

Arsenal will be looking to put behind them back-to-back Premier League defeats against Swansea and Manchester United.

They can be encouraged by the fact that the Baggies have won only once at the Hawthorns this season in six matches, picking up just six points.

West Brom have performed better away from home with seven points from six away games including victories at Spurs and Leicester.

The Gunners have won on their travels this season at Aston Villa and Sunderland, but are currently in 8th position in the table with 17 points from 12 matches.

The Baggies Chris Brunt has spoken about West Brom’s poor home form and the visit of Arsenal.

West Brom then have another home match in the midweek round of fixtures, when West Ham visit the Hawthorns.

“It’s a difficult one,” Brunt said. “Points are hard to come from away from home in this league but in the last few months we’ve done a lot better away from home.

“I don’t really know what that is. It’s a difficult one to put your finger on but it’s down to us to improve that.”

“Arsenal will be favourites to win but we will be prepared for them,” Brunt said.

“Two home games in three or four days is a chance for us to improve that record and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”

Brunt said: “It’s important that we take the positives out of Chelsea.

“The atmosphere in the dressing room wasn’t too deflated. We lost but we know we’ve got a lot to take from it.

“It’s a big game against Arsenal followed very closely by another one against West Ham.

“Our home form hasn’t been great this season so we have two games that give us a chance to improve that.”

As for England international Foster, Brunt says the keeper helped prevent a ‘cricket score’.

“It’s his job. He’s there to save shots,” he said. “On days like Saturday, when you go to places like Chelsea, you know you’re going to be under pressure and you need your goalkeeper and defenders to do well.

“Fozzy made a few great saves, but the back four and midfielders and even Saido up front on his own had a thankless task working hard for each other.

“That’s what it was all about, especially after Claudio got sent off. We needed to stick together and put a good shift in and I think we did that.

“I think the fans will go away knowing we gave a good account of ourselves even though we lost the game.

“Goal difference is very important in this league. We saw that last season.

“At 2-0 down and down to 10 men it could have been a cricket score but we dug in and defended well.

“We relied on ‘Fozzy’ and the defenders a few times but when you come to these places you need to do that and that’s definitely a positive.

“We weren’t turned over too badly and we just need to pick ourselves up and move on.

“I’m sure during the week we will put in some good work and prepare for a nice easy one at home.”