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Sep 23

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion: match preview

Arsène Wenger said it all with one of those half-suppressed smirks. “West Brom has a way to deal with everybody,” he said and by that, he meant Tony Pulis has a way to deal with everybody. Wenger vs Pulis is the ultimate clash of styles and how Wenger has suffered in away matches against his rival. The Emirates story is different. Wenger’s record there against Pulis teams reads: played 10, won 10. David Hytner

Kick-off Monday 8pm

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Sep 21

Gareth Barry aims to carry on after passing Ryan Giggs appearance record

West Bromwich Albion midfielder, who will play his 633rd Premier League game at Arsenal on Monday, has taken up yoga, shows no signs of slowing down and says he could still be playing at 40

If Gareth Barry was beginning to feel frazzled by a morning of media commitments at The Hawthorns, the message that popped up on Phil Neville’s iPad brought home the reason all this was happening. Neville was interviewing his former England team-mate for television and Barry was genuinely touched to be shown a recorded offer of congratulations from Ryan Giggs, who is only a vague acquaintance but had made contact to acknowledge the passing-on of his Premier League appearance record.

The handover will be formalised on Monday when Barry starts for West Bromwich Albion at Arsenal, making his 633rd top-flight outing and confirming his place in the modern history books. “I’m not going to argue with Ryan about trophies and things like that,” Barry says in response to some light ribbing from Giggs about the difficulty of their respective achievements. “It was lovely to hear from him. I’m aware he’s played in the old First Division before and collected a few more appearances than the 633. I’m also aware the Premier League started in 1992 and records existed before that too. I’m not here to say I’m top of the tree in English football history.”

Related: Gareth Barry’s remarkable career continues to push the boundaries

I’m not going to argue with Ryan about trophies and things like that. It was lovely to hear from him

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Sep 16

Gareth Barry equals record as West Bromwich Albion and West Ham draw

The ironic cheers sparked by the home side belatedly deciding to see if Joe Hart was still awake encapsulated why West Bromwich Albion supporters sometimes wonder if life might be more thrilling without Tony Pulis in the dugout.

Loud boos greeted that minor show of mutiny when the final whistle put everyone out of their misery, and it hardly reflected well on West Brom that Hal Robson-Kanu’s tame header was one of their better openings on an afternoon when Gareth Barry equalling Ryan Giggs’s record of 632 Premier League appearances stood out as a memorable talking point. It is doubtful Barry has played in a duller game.

Related: Gareth Barry’s remarkable career continues to push the boundaries

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Sep 14

Sweat, repetition and ruthlessness: why Roy Hodgson could be perfect for Palace | Stuart James

The methods employed by Hodgson at West Brom in his most recent club job indicate what lies in store for Crystal Palace. Those who worked with the manager at the Hawthorns explain the secrets of his success there

When West Bromwich Albion players think back to the early days under Roy Hodgson, the memories that stick in the mind are of the shift in the intensity of their work on the training ground, the way they returned to the dressing rooms exhausted, and how their new manager never missed a trick. “I can see you’re walking, you’re not doing it,” was one of Hodgson’s favourite phrases as he worked time and again on team shape.

Albion was Hodgson’s last job in club management, before he left to take the England position back in 2012, and the short but sweet spell that he spent in charge at the Hawthorns provides a reasonable barometer for what to expect at Crystal Palace, where the 70-year-old is working at a club operating at a similar level and faced with some of the same challenges that confronted him in the Midlands.

Related: Football transfer rumours: Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere to join Crystal Palace?

Related: Farewell Total Croydon, but which Roy Hodgson will Crystal Palace get? | Barney Ronay

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Sep 10

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Sep 09

Pascal Gross double leads lowly Brighton to victory over West Brom

If Brighton and Hove Albion had pinched themselves through the first few weeks of their return to the top flight, now they will feel as if they properly belong in this company. Awkward and established opponents were swept aside here with aplomb, the hosts running riot while Tony Pulis barked his disgust at West Bromwich Albion’s slack display from the sidelines. This was a win for the locals to savour, a victory 34 years in the waiting.

The last team Brighton had beaten in the elite were Coventry City, now of League Two, back in April 1983. They had never defeated the Baggies at this level though, in truth, they must have sensed this was their moment from the early stages, so off-colour was the visitors’ approach. It still took time for them to ease into an advantage but once Pascal Gross, one of the more impressive performers as Ingolstadt slipped out of the Bundesliga last term and a bargain signing at around £3m, had opened the scoring, confidence flooded through their approach. They will have few afternoons this comfortable over the campaign ahead.

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Sep 08

Brighton & Hove Albion v West Bromwich Albion: match preview

Brighton are looking for their first win and league goal against West Brom. There was some encouragement from their performance at Watford before the international break, with Anthony Knockaert making his first start. The worry for Chris Hughton will be that he was not able to sign a forward, which would have added some extra firepower. There were boosts though for Shane Duffy and Davy Pröpper who scored for the Republic of Ireland and Holland respectively. However with Jonny Evans likely to make his first start West Brom will be confident of continuing Brighton’s drought. Jack Kinnersley

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Sep 07

You won’t find me having at go at Tony Pulis’s industrial football | Liam Rosenior

Every team he has managed have a strong identity and mirror his philosophy and, as a player and budding coach, I admire that

Match day four of our debut Premier League season at Brighton and on Saturday we’re up against what is widely known in football as a “Tony Pulis team”. For some that reference to West Bromwich Albion and their manager is not a positive one. For me, however, it’s about as great an accolade as it gets for a football coach.

Why? Last week I discussed teams changing system and identity from game to game and the lack of consistency in terms of performance you risk from that. It’s something you can never level at a “Tony Pulis team”.

Related: Tony Pulis: ‘You get pigeonholed. You accept it or fight it. I’ve accepted it’ | Daniel Taylor

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Aug 30

West Brom sign PSG’s Grzegorz Krychowiak on season-loan loan

• Poland midfielder joins a year after €30m transfer
• Baggies also complete permanent deal for Kieran Gibbs

West Bromwich Albion have completed signing of the defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan, with Kieran Gibbs also joining from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee believed to be around £7m.

Poland international Krychowiak, who left Sevilla for the French capital last year for €30m, started just seven league games for PSG and has been allowed to leave the Parc des Princes in search of first team football.

Related: Renato Sanches set to join Swansea on loan from Bayern Munich

I am delighted to sign @WBA on one year loan pic.twitter.com/WuHXWoOroI

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Aug 30

West Brom confident of signing PSG midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak on loan

• Club encouraged after talks over season-long loan for Poland international
• West Brom have already agreed fee of about £7m with Arsenal for Kieran Gibbs

West Bromwich Albion are confident of signing the defensive midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak from Paris Saint-Germain on a season-long loan.

The Poland international was coveted by some of the top clubs in Europe before his €30m transfer last summer from Sevilla to PSG, but he has struggled to make an impression in France and Albion have capitalised on his availability by making a move for the 27-year-old.

Related: Peter Crouch goal secures point for Stoke City at West Bromwich Albion

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