Date: 8th December 2012 at 3:00pm
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When the fixtures were released in June, a home tie against West Brom a couple of weeks before Christmas will have seemed like one of the more innocuous games of the season.

Yet here we are as the smell of mince pies and mulled wine fills our nostrils and that very same fixture has now become one of the most important of the season so far. Not only are we playing incredibly badly, but West Brom are exceeding all expectations.

It`s been well documented that Arsenal fans are becoming increasingly frustrated if not angry at the events of the season so far and nothing more than 3 points today will likely see a very strong reaction from attending Gooners at The Grove.

Mikel Arteta claimed this week that the players we hurting just as much as the fans, and they need to come out swinging today to prove it and put a very important 3 points on the board.

Let`s check out the line up.

Arsenal team: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Gervinho, Giroud.

Arsenal subs: Martinez, Jenkinson, Squillaci, Coquelin, Ramsey, Rosicky, Podolski.