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Arsenal will be out to seal fourth place in the table when they welcome struggling WBA to the Emirates later today.

The Gunners are currently four points ahead of rivals Everton in the race for the final Champions league spot and could even claim top level European football for the 17th successive year without kicking a ball should the Toffee’s lose to Manchester City.



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Wins over West Ham, Hull and Newcastle United, each of which has seen the club score three goals, coupled with two defeats in three games for Everton has put Arsenal in control of their destiny.

Arsene Wenger’s men are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions however they have yet to beat WBA over 90 minutes in two meetings this season.

The clubs drew 1-1 when they met in the league cup in September with Wenger’s men prevailing on penalties and they the score-line was the same when they met again in October.

Draws at the Emirates have cost the Gunners dearly this season with 10 points dropped in front of their fans (13 when the opening day defeat to Villa is included) and Wenger bemoaned the slips in his pre-match conference.

“The restriction we had was in the big games, when we only made draws and not wins in some of them,” he said. “That’s where the missing points are at the moment because we are very close to the top.

“Maybe one or two wins at home would have made that difference.

“The regret we have of the season is that we have been remarkably consistent, (but) it is against the teams who did not fight for the Premier League title.”

While Arsenal are challenging for Europe and cups, WBA meanwhile are fighting for their lives. The Midlanders are currently 15th in the table, four points ahead of third from bottom Norwich.

A win on Sunday would ensure that Pep Mel’s side two wins and a draw from their last 4 games would survive another season in the Premier League.

Last time out the club beat West Ham 1-0 win with Saido Berahino scoring the vital goal. Mel is set to be without Steven Reid and Zoltan Gera for the game while Jack Wilshere (foot), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin) and Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) are missing for Arsenal.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.