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Albion without Lamptey for Arsenal's visit

Latest team news and all you need to know ahead of Tuesday's game at the Amex.

By Alex Stedman • 29 December 2020

By Paul Hazlewood
Lamptey continues to be side-lined with a hamstring injury.

Albion face a quick turnaround and are back in action on home soil when they face Arsenal on Tuesday, kick-off 6pm.

They drew 2-2 with West Ham United yesterday. Neal Maupay fired Albion ahead before Ben Johnson equalised for the Hammers.

Lewis Dunk netted his first of the campaign to put Graham Potter's men back into the lead soon after but Tomas Soucek's header meant the spoils were shared at the London Stadium.

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PL: West Ham 2 Albion 2

Arsenal sit a place above Albion in the league and were impressive 3-1 winners at home to Chelsea on Saturday.

First half goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Granit Xhaka were added to after the break by Bukayo Saka to give Mikel Arteta's side a comfortable win in the London derby.

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Team news... 

Graham Potter provided an update on Tariq Lamptey when he spoke to the media after Sunday's game with West Ham United.

The boss confirmed that the defender would miss the match because of a hamstring injury and would also likely remain absent for the match with Wolves on Saturday. Adam Lallana came off with a groin problem at half-time and his fitness will be assessed ahead of the match. 

Our last fixture…

By Paul Hazlewood
Lewis Dunk wheels away after putting Albion back in front at the London Stadium.

West Ham 2
Johnson (60)
Soucek (82)

Albion 2
Maupay (44)
Dunk (70)

Albion line-up: Sanchez (GK); White, Webster, Dunk, Burn, March; Bissouma, Lallana (Alzate 45), Trossard; Maupay (Jahanbakhsh 90), Welbeck (Gross 83).

Subs not used: Steele (GK), Bernardo, Veltman, Mac Allister, Propper, Zeqiri.

 

Their last fixture…

Arsenal 3
Lacazette (pen 35)
Xhaka (44)
Saka (56)

Chelsea 1
Abraham (85)

Arsenal line-up: Leno (GK); Bellerin, Holding, Mari, Tierney; Elneny, Xhaka, Smith-Rowe (Willock 65); Saka, Lacazette (Mustafi 89), Martinelli (Pepe 71).

Subs not used: Runarsson (GK), Soares, Dani Ceballos, Maitland-Niles, Aubameyang, Nketiah.

 

The history…

Albion and Arsenal have played each other 21 times dating back to 1935.

Albion are unbeaten in their last five matches against the Gunners and have won two out of the three Premier League meetings with them on home soil.

Goals from Glenn Murray and Lewis Dunk sealed a 2-1 victory in March 2018 at the Amex before the sides played out a 1-1 draw in the same fixture later that year.

Neal Maupay was on target twice against Arsenal last season as Albion won both fixtures home and away by a 2-1 scoreline. The latest meeting in June will live long in the memory of Albion fans, despite their absence from the Amex.

Lewis Dunk had cancelled out Pepe's long-range effort before Maupay sealed the win in stoppage time in the team’s first game of Project Restart.

The Arsenal Player to Watch…

By Paul Hazlewood
Alex Lacazette has six goals to his name so far this season.

Alexandre Lacazette has scored six goals in all competitions so far this season.

The French striker started the new season in impressive form and found the net in his team's first three matches of the Premier League campaign against Fulham, West Ham and Arsenal.

The forward then notched against Rapid Vienna in the Europa League at the start of December.

He was on target against Manchester City six days ago and opened the scoring in the 3-1 win over Chelsea on Saturday.

Match Officials…

Referee: Craig Pawson. Assistants: Adam Nunn, Ian Hussin. Fourth official: John Brooks. 

VAR: Anthony Taylor. Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.