West Brom Arsenal : Baggies look good value to send Hodgson off with win as Van Persie rumours persist

Arsenal will be looking for the win they need to confirm 3rd position this weekend when they travel to West Brom as odds on favourites with Ladbrokes, who announced a free bets offer on the game on Sunday afternoon.

The Gunners would have expected to have the automatic Champions League place sorted by the final day, but stuttering form means that they need to go to the Hawthorns and win this weekend.

If they don’t both Tottenham and Newcastle are ready to pounce and Arsenal could end up finishing in 5th position. After all the work overhauling North London rivals Spurs, it would be disastorous to throw it away now.

With regards to the poor form of Arsene Wenger’s men, the 3-3 draw at Norwich – during which the Gunners defence looked extremely fragile – was their third draw in succession and their fourth Premier League game without a win.

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This will all be forgiven if they win this weekend though. After a season that looked disastrous at one stage, to finish 3rd would be a decent achievement. It might also help them convince captain Robin Van Persie to remain at the club.

As for West Brom, the main focus for Sunday’s clash – as well as finishing the season on a high – will be bidding farewell to their manager Roy Hodgson. The 63-year-old was announced as the England manager earlier this month and this will be his last game in charge of the Midlands club.

Despite being on his way out of the club, the home fans are bound to give him a good reception. Nobody can turn down England and Hodgson has done an extremely good job with West Brom this season.

The Baggies sit 10th in the table going into this weekend and this is where they hope to be once all of Sunday’s games are completed. It would represent a fantastic season for them.

Overall, this game is definitely more important for Arsenal, but they face a tough challenge against a West Brom team that are playing with confidence after four games without a defeat.

As well as being the Editor in Chief of SqueakyBumTime, Bobby is also a Swansea City fan (before they reached the promised land).