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Premier League: West Brom v Arsenal team news

Saido Berahino is available for West Brom despite the revelations of his arrest for alleged drink-driving.

James Morrison is a major doubt for the Baggies though as he is struggling to recover from a sickness bug. The midfielder was on the bench for the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea last week after feeling ill.

Sebastien Pocognoli (hamstring) is a minor doubt and Jonas Olsson (Achilles) is out. Claudio Yacob starts a three-game ban after he was sent off at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal have doubts over several players, including England forward Danny Welbeck, who has a swollen knee and a hamstring problem.

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny (hip) and striker Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) will be assessed, but forward Olivier Giroud could come back in having been ineligible for the midweek Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, along with fit-again defender Laurent Koscielny.

Captain Mikel Arteta (calf) is definitely out, as is Jack Wilshere, set for three months of recovery after ankle surgery, and Theo Walcott (groin). Mesut Ozil (knee), Mathieu Debuchy (ankle), goalkeeper David Ospina (thigh) and Abou Diaby (calf) are all still unavailable.


Headlines for West Brom this week

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  • Premier League: West Brom v Arsenal team news


  • Saido Berahino is available for West Brom despite the revelations of his arrest for alleged drink-driving.

  • Premier League: West Brom manager Alan Irvine sees a defensive weakness in Arsenal


  • West Brom manager Alan Irvine hopes Arsenal's gung-ho attitude will be their undoing at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

  • Rumours in the Press: Prem pair chase Casillas


  • Arsenal and Liverpool showing an interest in Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Arsene Wenger could move for PSG star Yohan Cabaye.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Khedira may exit Real


  • Chelsea and Arsenal look set to renew their interest in Sami Khedira, while Roma have opened talks over a loan deal for Vlad Chiriches.

  • West Brom defender Jonas Olsson to have Achilles operation and ruled out until 2015


  • Jonas Olsson is to have an operation on his damaged Achilles and will not play for West Brom again this year.

  • Regional Rumours in the Press: Zigic offered return


  • Birmingham are to offer Nikola Zigic a return to the club, with Wolves, Ipswich and Blackpool all planning business ahead of the loan deadline.

  • Rumours in the Press: United keen on Varane swoop


  • Man United are plotting a move for Raphael Varane, Xherdan Shaqiri has been given permission to leave Bayern, while Newcastle want Max Kruse.

  • Rumours in the Press: Trio battle for Inter's Icardi


  • Spurs will battle Chelsea and Liverpool for Mauro Icardi, Liverpool will spend big in January, while LVG has held talks with Arjen Robben.

  • Berahino in drink-driving probe


  • West Brom striker Saido Berahino is to be interviewed by police after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

  • Bony and Di Maria are 2014 stat leaders


  • We look back at the weekend's statistics, including details of Wilfried Bony and Angel Di Maria's Premier League and European records for 2014.

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