West Bromwich Albion’s manager Steve Clarke has mandated his players to go out and to beat Arsenal tomorrow to prove that the win over Manchester United 8 days ago was no fluke. West Brom had turned around their season after a slow start by beating Manchester United 2-1 and Clarke would like the scalp of another big team taken tomorrow.
“I think for a team of our level we want to strive to be like the top teams and the top teams are capable of winning back to back,” he said.
“To get a win at Old Trafford was good but can we push ourselves to that level again.
“We have good players capable of going to good places and playing well. This week at home it is different, the onus is on us. We have to move onto the next game but we go with the same positive frame of mind.
“We got the plaudits we deserved for the United win. It was a big performance, it was a shock for 99% of people but not within our own camp.
“It’s a difficult place to get a result but it was a big day for us. But it’s only three points and it only recovered some of the damage we inflicted upon ourselves after our start.”
Arsenal also had a bad start to season with the opening day defeat at home to Aston Villa but the gunners have now gone unbeaten in 10 games in all competition. But Clarke feels his wards will be ready for whatever Arsenal have to throw at them.
“I think Arsenal have been tremendous,” said Clarke.
“They’ve looked really strong. Mesut Ozil is a fantastic signing and has given the team a whole lift and the other players are starting to blossom and get used to the English league. Arsenal are a strong team.
“They were outstanding for 30 minutes in the Champions League against Napoli and we have to be ready for that.”
Clarke however have several injury worries. He currently have no first team striker available for selection tomorrow which means he could hand Berahino ( who scored the winning goal against Manchester United ) his premier league debut against the gunners.