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West Brom manager wary of a possible Arsenal backlash

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West Brom manager Steve Clarke has warned his team about a possible Arsenal backlash on Saturday when the two clubs meet at the Emirates. While both Arsenal and West Brom haven’t had the last couple of results go their way, Clarke emphasized the need for his team to get back the lost momentum.

Speaking to reporters before the game, the Baggies manager said, “The way the game is now means no matter what club you're at, if your team is not doing well you're going to get criticism. That's the state of play with Arsenal at the moment.

"The team hasn't been firing as maybe people thought they would do, especially after the start they had. They've introduced a few new players this year and it's maybe just taken the team a little bit longer to find a rhythm than it did before.

"It's a game that we have to be positive about and look forward to.

"The last two games have been frustrating for us for different reasons but going down to the Emirates is a different challenge. Arsenal are probably not playing as well as they would like and they've had some reverses so they'll be fired up to try to turn their season around."

This game is vital for both teams in different ways. Arsenal desperately need a few wins to silence their critics and appease their fans given the a string of poor results that has questioned their place among the elite in England, while West Brom will need to get their form back as quickly as possible to keep up the great start they had to the season and avoid a sharp slide.

This is also an ideal opportunity for West Brom to bounce back from back to back defeats they suffered recently against Stoke and Swansea given that they are facing an Arsenal team which is low on confidence and will be without the services of several key players in Theo Walcott, Bacary Sagna and Lukas Podolski.