Wenger identifies main West Brom threat ahead of Arsenal clash
By Matt Farr
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears the threat posed by Salomon Rondon and Hal Robson-Kanu ahead of their trip to West Brom on Saturday.
The Gunners face a big task at the weekend as they prepare to face a West Brom side that have been in decent touch in the Premier League this season, with the Gunners top-four hopes hanging in the balance.
But the Arsenal chief has pinpointed the attacking threat of Baggies’ duo Rondon and Robson-Kanu as the most likely cause of further pain in his side’s pursuit of a top-four finish.
He was also concerned about the number of goals scored by West Brom from set-pieces, an area which Arsenal have had trouble with in recent seasons.
As quoted by the Sun in their live coverage of his pre-match press conference, Wenger said: “They score more goals than anybody else on set pieces.
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“They have done very well in midfield and up front. They have Robson-Kanu and Rondon who have done very well for them.
“They are equipped to deal with the Premier League.”
Rondon has scored seven goals for West Brom this season, but he will be hungry to end his 12-game goal drought at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
He has not found the back of the net since his hat-trick against Swansea on December 14, but he goes up against an Arsenal defence that has conceded eight goals from their last four Premier League outings.
Robson-Kanu, meanwhile, has had a much quieter campaign, with only one goal and one assist from 25 appearances.
However, Arsenal will know what he is capable of after watching him wreak havoc for Wales during the European Championships last summer.
A win is the only plausible result for the visitors, with Arsenal already five points adrift of Liverpool and the top four.
They still have two games in-hand over their rivals, but Manchester United are also in the same position, and sit just one point behind Arsenal and ready to pounce on any slip up.
In other Arsenal news, here is how the Gunners are expected to line up against West Brom.