Arsenal face West Brom on Boxing Day having lost only 2 of their previous 19 Premier League Boxing Day games.

On first glance, it might seem like an easy and straightforward game, but dig a little deeper and you remember that they beat us at the Hawthornes last year and you start to recall how you cannot underestimate any side managed by Tony Pulis.

Speaking to the matchday programme ahead of the game, Petr Cech explained how important it is that we don’t turn up thinking the game is already won.

“Of course it’s important,” Cech said.

“They have a lot of experience and they’re one of those teams who you can struggle against. We lost at The Hawthorns last year and for most of the game it looked like we were going to win. We had complete control over the game, were 1-0 up and then suddenly we were 2-1 down.

“This is one of the teams who can do that to you. Although they didn’t have control over the game, it only takes one counter-attack of set-piece for the game to change.

“Nobody’s speaking about them but they’ve had a really good start to the season. They’re right up there because they’ve won so many points [23, 8th place] and they’re a very tough side to beat because they’re so defensively organised and solid.

“They are a threat on the counter-attack and also from set-pieces.

“Any Tony Pulis team will play for set-pieces because they use it as an advantage, and you have to make sure you are prepared to face those.

“These games are usually very tight.”

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