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Three key stats ahead of Arsenal vs West Brom

Arsenal may have had a couple of poor results in the build up to Christmas, losing their last two games on the road, but they return to the Emirates Stadium fourth in the table and with plenty of time to catch up with Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City.

West Bromwich Albion will be the visitors on Boxing Day and arrive on the back of a defeat to Manchester United. But the Baggies will be no pushovers, and sit eighth in the league thanks to a very consistent start to the season.

Here are three key stats ahead of the game:

3 – Arsenal letting leads slip

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Last season, Arsenal only lost two games in which they had taken the lead, but just 17 games into 2016/17 and they have already beaten that total with three.

From 1-0 up to Liverpool on the opening day, the Gunners found themselves on the end of a 4-3 reverse (having been 4-1 down) and their last two defeats against Everton and Manchester City have both finished 2-1 after they took a first half lead.

If they get in front against West Brom, they will want to score another just to make sure the game is safe.

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