Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Nigel Winterburn and Leanne from LadyArse.

Read on for their post-match thoughts and recap what they said before the game.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

I thought Arsenal would win but I didn't expect it to be so comfortable. West Brom didn't really turn up - they obviously missed the pace of Odemwingie up front - and a home win was never in doubt. Thomas Vermaelen was outstanding and could have had more than one goal while Mikel Arteta really shone in midfield. Carl Jenkinson's delivery from the right caught the eye and he is turning into a very good deputy for Bacary Sagna. That's nine wins in 11 now and Arsène Wenger's side will go into the international break with their heads held high.

It's no exaggeration to say that West Brom produced one of the best performances by any away team at Emirates last season when they won 3-2 - and fully deserved to. That should make Arsène Wenger's team talk pretty easy because Arsenal cannot afford to lose momentum after that amazing win at Chelsea. I'm sure Robin van Persie will return to the starting line-up and I'd like to see Laurent Koscielny start because his pace will be important against Peter Odemwingie. Gervinho has looked very likely of late and, with so much attention on Van Persie, he could get space to cause Albion problems. As ever Roy Hodgson will have his team prepared meticulously but I think Arsenal will win.

Nigel Winterburn

It was a deserved win for Arsenal after a good performance. Obviously they've been in impressive form of late and it seems that they are starting to build some momentum. The clean sheet was another positive - that's two in a row now. I thought that West Bromwich Albion were poor, they didn't really cause Arsenal any problems, but that was partly because they weren't allowed to play. Dan and I were talking during the commentary about how scoring a second goal before half time would really kill the game off and that's what happened. The second half was a stroll for Arsenal really.

West Bromwich Albion will have to shuffle their midfield for this match because the influential Paul Scharner is out injured. He could be a key absentee because the Arsenal trio of Alex Song, Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey are forming a strong unit and they will look to control the match on Saturday. The key man for the visitors could be Peter Odemwingie - he scored twice at Emirates Stadium last season and caused lots of problems with his pace and movement. At the other end Robin van Persie will be as vital as ever. I'm sure he'll start after getting a rest in midweek against Marseille and I wouldn't be surprised to see him score at least once against the Baggies.


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It wasn’t the thrill-fest we got against Chelsea, but our fourth league win in a row was reassuring to most Arsenal fans. It has been a long time since we were able to go through 90 minutes feeling so comfortable and it was the perfect performance to cement the Chelsea result and the genuine feeling that is growing among fans that we have truly turned the corner.  Many have questioned this team’s ability to dispatch teams in routine matches but the result on Saturday showed that the team are aware that every game matters. We may not have another match as straightforward as that this season, but credit must go to the entire team who did a professional job and kept a clean sheet - our second in a row. With the team gelling and confidence returning, things are really looking bright again for Arsenal fans. It's superb to see.

Facing West Brom at home might seem like a bit of an anti-climax after the festival of football we were served last week against Chelsea but the same number of points are on offer and it is in exactly this type of match that Arsenal have struggled in recent seasons. Arsène’s decision to rest Robin van Persie in midweek speaks volumes about how important this game for the continuing confidence of the side and I expect to see a completely different display compared to the corresponding fixture last year that we lost 3-2. We’ve won our last three games in the league and have collected maximum points at home since our defeat to Liverpool and I can’t see that changing this weekend. It is important that we continue to rebuild our confidence and for that we need to see the team giving 100 per cent again as they did against Chelsea.

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7 Nov 2011