Welcome again to the American Express Community Stadium for this night’s Premier League match. We prolong our welcome to Mikel Arteta, his workers and gamers, and the officers and supporters of Arsenal FC. We’re additionally delighted to as soon as once more host the crew from Sky Sports, who will probably be that includes us on a stay broadcast for the third time this season.
Our week began in entrance of the Sky Sports’ cameras too, and a dramatic last-minute equaliser at Selhurst Park served up one other nice TV second for Albion followers not in a position to make the brief journey north, in addition to many extra soccer followers up and down the nation.
For these within the stadium, Neal Maupay’s very good end within the fifth minute of added time will stay lengthy within the reminiscence as our gamers celebrated wildly in entrance of our travelling followers, having rescued a degree very late on for the second successive season in opposition to Crystal Palace – each occasions having fallen behind to a Wilfried Zaha penalty.

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In one other tight recreation that noticed the largest drama exterior of regular time in every half, Neal’s lob, following on from a first-time ball ahead from Joel Veltman, was a reward for each our resilience and our sheer dedication to beat the setback of accidents to key gamers, and the same old hostile ambiance of a derby match away from house.
Today, we face one other membership with south London roots who’re contemporary from success within the north London derby. After a gradual begin, Arsenal’s latest kind has been wonderful and so they come into this night’s recreation on the again of three successive league victories, the most recent of which was their 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on the Emirates.
Our Premier League report in opposition to Arsenal has been stable, with three wins, two attracts, and three defeats previously 4 seasons, however we all know solely too effectively that this recreation will probably be one other very robust take a look at of our good early-season kind, because the guests look to construct on their very own extra constructive sequence of outcomes.

By Paul Hazlewood

Ben White departed Albion in the summertime for Arsenal.

All issues being equal, our former defender Ben White will doubtless be making his first return to the Amex after a summer time spent as a part of the England squad on the Euro 2020 event, adopted by his switch to Arsenal.
I’m certain Albion followers will give Ben an excellent reception in his new colors.
As is customary at the moment of yr, Premier League fixtures pause after this weekend’s matches for the season’s second worldwide break. With the home calendar gathering momentum, I do know these early-season breaks are irritating for some followers.
It is, nevertheless, additionally a possibility for gamers not referred to as as much as play for his or her international locations to relaxation or recuperate from accidents, and for all of us on the membership, it represents a time to seize a brief break, to evaluate the season to date, and to regroup for the lengthy winter months forward.
Post the break, the rest of October sees us face journeys to Carrow Road to play promoted-again Norwich City, and to Anfield, the place we loved a well-known 1-0 victory in opposition to the then-champions Liverpool final season. In between occasions, we’ll play present champions Manchester City on the Amex, the place we will definitely hope to repeat one other of final season’s thrilling wins!

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Since my final set of programme notes, we have now recorded successive house victories in opposition to Leicester City and Swansea City, the latter of which has led us to a different fixture in opposition to the Foxes once we journey to the King Power Stadium for the Carabao Cup on Wednesday 27 October, kick-off 7.45pm.
Progress within the Carabao Cup offers Graham with the chance to present minutes on the pitch to everybody in our squad, and in addition important first-team expertise for a few of our youthful rising gamers. As was seen for Swansea’s go to, these early-round cup matches are sometimes used for a primary go to to the stadium for a lot of younger followers which is at all times nice to see.
It’s exceptional that because the nation slowly recovers from the pandemic, our season-ticket numbers have now reached their highest ever stage. In our fifth successive season within the Premier League, that is testomony to the continued loyalty of followers and to the regular development of the membership in all areas. Thank you in your help.

We additionally hope to construct help for our ladies’s facet who’ve additionally began the season effectively, regardless of the 1-0 reverse in opposition to a effectively organised Aston Villa facet final day out. At the time of writing, Hope Powell’s crew have been getting ready to face Charlton Athletic in The FA Cup quarter-final at Crawley Town’s People’s Pension Stadium. We’re hoping a variety of Albion followers have been in a position to get to this recreation.
Finally, thanks additionally in your continued endurance with, and help for, our COVID checks. Upon request, all supporters are required to have the ability to present our workers they’ve had a double vaccination by way of their digital COVID move.
Alternatively, you have to to indicate proof of a destructive lateral circulate take a look at within the 48 hours main as much as kick-off.
However, if the Government decides to activate what it has described as “Plan B” to guard the NHS from being overwhelmed in the course of the winter months, we expect proof of a double vaccination to be obligatory to achieve entry to massive occasions corresponding to Premier League matches. At this level, we don’t anticipate a destructive lateral circulate take a look at will probably be an choice for entry to the stadium.
As ever, and thru our random checks, the membership will proceed to do its greatest to make sure that everybody within the stadium is as protected as attainable, whereas additionally making an attempt to make sure your entry to our video games is as easy as it may be. We do, nevertheless, want everybody to proceed to take private accountability for their very own and others’ well being, whereas offering full co-operation to our workers. Thanks once more.

By Linton Rogers

Albion will mark Black History Month by taking a more in-depth have a look at a few of the trailblazers all through the membership’s historical past.

Finally, as chances are you’ll remember, October is Black History Month – and we’re celebrating this in our matchday programme at present and all through the month on the soccer membership by varied actions. People from African and Caribbean backgrounds have been a elementary a part of British, and world, historical past for hundreds of years, though it might be truthful to say that their contribution to society is commonly ignored, ignored and even distorted. That’s why it’s essential that we share, rejoice and perceive the influence of black heritage and tradition on this manner, each as a membership and as a wider neighborhood.
Enjoy the match.

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