Arsenal's Monreal vs West Brom's Brunt pre-match H2H: One betters other in six key areas

West Brom - The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion host Arsenal in the Premier League this weekend.

West Bromwich Albion take on Arsenal at the Hawthorns this weekend in an intriguing clash.

The Baggies boast the highest number of clean sheets in the Premier League this season, yet their results against the so-called better sides thus far aren’t particularly good and should make Arsenal favourites.

The Gunners drew with rivals Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 last time out, and they will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday, though the prospect of facing a Tony Pulis team is never easy.

Regular left-backs Chris Brunt and Nacho Monreal should both feature, where so far this season one has clearly gotten the better of the other over a range of key defensive categories.

  Tackles per GameInterceptions per GameEffective Clearances per GameDef Duels Won per GameBall Recoveries per GameAccurate Passes per GameAccurate Crosses per GameAppearances
Nacho Monreal 2 2.92 2.67 6.92 6.67 42.33 0.5 12
Chris Brunt 1.18 1.91 2.55 4.18 4.82 23.73 0.91 11

As per the table provided by Opta Stats, Spain international Monreal has been superb this season and outshines his upcoming opponent in as many as six key areas.

The former Malaga ace averages more tackles, interceptions, effective clearances, defensive duels won, ball recoveries and accurate passes per Premier League fixture.

That said, Brunt is a key component for Tony Pulis’s West Brom and has been a consistent player ever since he joined the club from Yorkshire outfit Sheffield Wednesday.

His ability to produce quality crosses from wide areas and dead-ball situations is a potent weapon and even more so under Pulis, who favours a more direct style of play.

Arsenal will have to be at their very best defensively in order to stop the hosts’ aerial threat, while going forward they must be clinical as clear-cut chances could be few and far between.

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