ST LOUIS (LALATE) – West Bromwich vs Arsenal 2014 (live score results below) updates the latest EPL Table rankings, results and standings overnight. The first EPLTable game Saturday is West Brom vs Arsenal. But can Arsenal surge in rankings this weekend?
Saturday’s West Bromwich vs Arsenal 2014 game (start time 4 am PST) features number eight ranked Arsenal looking to surge in the EPLTable. They are ranked #8 with seventeen points. A win could move them as high as possibly fourth position. West Brom in turn is in #13 position with just thirteen points.
But Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger anticipates a strong Jack Wilshere on the field. Wenger tells his team’s news site this week that Jack is a football man who loves the game, but on the other hand, he is a very strong character as well and he has learnt to deal with adversity at a very young age.” Wenger added “I think he will be back at the end of February, beginning of March, and he will focus on coming back to rehab, having a strong rehab, and then I am sure he will help us to do well until the end of the season. Jack always came out stronger and, when I spoke with him, the final sprint of the season is already in his mind and [he wants] to come back stronger.”
Wenger believes that Wilshere will lead the team to a better second half. “He is prepared and focused to come back and finish the season well.” Wenger adds “I was more worried one year ago than I am today because he had two or three surgeries on his right ankle. At some stage, you could raise that question, but today I am much more confident that he will [fulfill his potential]. If he has no problem with his joints, he will make a massive career.”
Meantime, can West Brom win Saturday? West Brom boss Alan Irvine believes so. And he has a plan. Irvine tells his team’s news site that “But you’ve got to stop them first and Arsene (Wenger)’s philosophy has been ‘we attack and in order to be effective we have to commit a lot of players forward’. That’s his method. Chelsea wouldn’t be quite as effective as that but then that’s their decision.” Irvine adds “What’s a strength for Arsenal can also be a weakness but you’ve got to get the ball first and stop them from doing what they’re so good at, which is opening teams up. They got a lot of criticism last week but Louis’ play almost didn’t work. If Arsenal had taken the chances they had it could have been a completely different result.”
And what does Irvine anticipate in player positioning Saturday? He tells his team’s news site “They get so many players forward. On the one hand that gives you a huge problem dealing with all those players because I can give you video clip after video clip where they have eight players in the final third. That only leaves three (in deeper positions) and one of them is a goalkeeper, so straight away you can see the difficulties they’ve got and how you can break out and hurt them.” For live score results of this and all other EPL Table games today click HERE, and for the current EPL Table, click HERE.