Premier League

  • J. Morrison 35’
  • Arteta 40’
  • 28’ O. Giroud
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2 Full Time 1
2 Half Time 1
Premier League
The Hawthorns
Attendance 24,343


    • KICK OFF
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      STRAIGHT AT MYHILL! McClean inexplicably heads a ball back into the danger area, inside his own box, where Koscielny is there to meet it - but the defender sends his shot straight at the keeper!
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      HALF TIME!
    • 90'
      West Brom are doing everything they can to see this out. Myhill is shown a yellow for time wasting, but it's a good one to take as more precious seconds wind off the clock. Arsenal can't win the ball back here, let alone find a goal!
    • 90'
      G. Myhill is yellow-carded.
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      I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
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      WEST BROM 2-1 ARSENAL. The Gunners lose at the Hawthorns for the first time since 2005 as they take a massive stumble in the title race.
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      WEST BROM 2-1 ARSENAL. Tony Pulis managed sides have a history of frustrating the Gunners, and the trend is continuing as Arsene Wenger finds himself in another dog fight at the Hawthorns. Olivier Giroud provided the breakthrough for the visitors, but the lead was short-lived as tallies from James M
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      The French national anthem sounds throughout the stadium, as it will at every Premier League venue this weekend. It is met by a terrific applause as the two teams gather in the centre-circle in a wonderful, moving showing of solidarity. Of course there is a large contingent of French players and coa
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      Tony Pulis is without defender Gareth McAuley following his red card in stoppage time against Manchester United, but otherwise has a full squad at his disposal. Jonas Olsson gets the nod in his absence. Salomon Rondon keeps his spot in attack as the lone striker, with Saido Berahino relegated again
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      With Hector Bellerin returning from injury, it is Mathieu Debuchy who is dropped from the starting lineup. Arsene Wenger has also opted to move Kieran Gibbs into attack, ahead of Joel Campbell. It is a rare opportunity for the natural left-back, who scored his side's lone goal against Tottenham in t
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      SUBS: Chester, Gardner, Anichebe, Lambert, Berahino, McManaman, Lindegaard.
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      WEST BROM (4-2-3-1): Myhill; Dawson, Olsson, Evans, Brunt; Yacob, Fletcher; Morrison, Sessegnon, McClean; Rondon.
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      SUBS: Debuchy, Gabriel, Arteta, Ospina, Flamini, Campbell, Reine-Adelaide.
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      ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Cazorla, Coquelin; Sanchez, Ozil, Gibbs; Giroud.
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      West Brom, largely in part to Tony Pulis, have an uncanny ability to make life difficult on their opponents. They fell 2-0 to Manchester United last time out but it was far from straightforward for the Red Devils. The Baggies return home now, but they have actually fared considerably worse at the Ha
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      Although their league form has been excellent, Arsenal needed the international break to get healthy. They have an injury list as long as Per Mertesacker’s slacks, but it is shrinking by the week – and they need everyone fit as the fixtures start to pile up approaching the always hectic holiday sche
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      Hello Premier League fans around the world and welcome to West Midlands! The Hawthorns is our venue today as West Brom attempt to inch closer towards the 10 when they play host to an Arsenal team hoping to keep the pace atop the table. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding you t
    • 1'
      Arsenal get us underway, kicking right to left.
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      West Brom's intent is evident early on. They will sit back and let Arsenal dominate possession, while focusing their efforts on congesting the midfield third and making it near impossible for them to navigate a passage through on goal.
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      When they do get the ball, West Brom are playing hopeful balls over the top for the likes of Rondon and Sessegnon to chase - but their focus is undoubtedly on improving on the worst home defensive record in the Premier League this season.
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      STAT ATTACK: Arsenal have taken 31 of a possible 36 points from their last 12 Premier League matches on their travels (W10, D1, L1).
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      McClean makes an absolutely exceptional run down the left flank, powering his way past two defenders while showing some excellent control in the process. He arrives at the edge of the area and lashes the perfect ball across the face of goal, but none of his teammates are there to attack it as the op
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      Surprisingly it is West Brom who have appeared more dangerous in attack up to this point. Coquelin gives the ball away, but puts in some determined running to atone for his error and win back possession for his side. He seems to have injured himself following the second challenge he put in on Yacob
    • 13'
      The medical team is still out working on Coquelin, while Mikel Arteta is up and running on the touchline. The Frenchman signals over to the bench for a change and it is a shame as his match comes to an end, barely making it 10 minutes.
    • 14'
      SI Arteta SO F. Coquelin
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      F. Coquelin is done for the day. Arteta is his replacement.
    • 15'
      Loose ball atop the area and Monreal runs hard to get onto it, before being clattered down by Sessegnon. It's a bit of a careless challenge from the West Brom midfielder, who concedes a free kick in a very threatening position for Arsenal
    • 16'
      SAFE HANDS! Cleanly-struck free kick from Sanchez, who gets it over the wall and curling back towards the near post. Myhill anticipates it brilliantly to dive across and make the save, however, holding on as well to prevent a rebound.
    • 18'
      STAT ATTACK: West Brom have just one victory at the Hawthorns this season in league play, a 1-0 triumph over lowly Sunderland (D1, L4).
    • 20'
      Arsenal have been plagued by a lack of creativity through the opening 20 minutes and you can just see a bit of frustration starting to creep onto the face of Arsene Wenger. They started similarly against Swansea in their last away match before coming flying out of the break and registering three sec
    • 22'
      Giroud is starting to drop deeper to try and get on the ball and help hold play up in attack. Olsson is blanketing the striker, however, tracking his every move. The Frenchman has been left quite frustrated as a result and has had little success escaping the defender's shadow.
    • 24'
      The problem with this is that Giroud is dropping too deep to get away from Olsson. He's supposed to be their focal point in attack. Now when Arsenal want to throw balls over the top, Giroud often isn't available as he's dropped in closer to Ozil. The Gunners have been very underwhelming in possessio
    • 26'
      Arsenal have parked themselves firmly in the attacking half, though have little to show for it. Sanchez is the only real bright spot for them in possession, and his sharpness shines through again as he dribbles into a dangerous area before winning a free kick along the right flank.
    • 28'
      G O. Giroud Assist F. Coquelin
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      The assist came from M. Özil.
    • 28'
      A GOAL FOR ARSENAL AND FOR FRANCE! Emotional moments for Olivier Giroud as he blows a kiss to the heavens to celebrate! Ozil floats in the free kick from out wide and West Brom's marking is so poor inside the area that the striker is allowed the simplest of tap-ins from five yards out.
    • 30'
      STAT ATTACK: Before the weekend, Olivier Giroud had scored in four of his last six Premier League appearances. Arsenal won each of those matches.
    • 31'
      No protest from Bellerin who is issued the first yellow card of the match as he just catches the trailing leg of Rondon with his tackle. The right-back knew exactly what he was doing there and made sure there was contact to prevent what was looking like a threatening attack for West Brom in its infa
    • 33'
      West Brom desperately trying to poke and prod their way forward in an attempt to pull level before the break, but they've failed to inspire in possession. Fletcher and Yacob need to be crisper with their passing, while the likes of Morrison and McClean have to offer more width in attack.
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      G J. Morrison Assist F. Coquelin
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      Assist by C. Brunt.
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      PARITY RESTORED BY THE BAGGIES! It is an absolutely stunning finish from Morrison who gets inside his marker in the area to get on the end of a free kick and lift a volley over the head of Cech and in at the far post! Terrific control and a rare moment of quality from the hosts in this first half ha
    • 37'
      To say it is a deserved equaliser for West Brom would be quite a stretch, but Arsenal hardly earned their lead in the first place. Neither side have looked capable of taking control of the game and producing the consistent quality needed to snatch all three points, so a level scoreline is appropriat
    • 39'
      Arsenal are looking to dictate the tempo yet again, enjoying the bulk of possession as we approach the final five minutes of the first half. They need to show more desire on the front foot, however, as it has been largely too straightforward for West Brom in defence up to this point.
    • 40'
      WEST BROM COMPLETE THE UNLIKELY TURNAROUND! They go from a goal down to one up in five minutes! This one is as scrappy as you'd like, as McClean bundles his way through the left channel before trying to power a ball into the six-yard box. Cech can't deal with it and Arteta fails to react, as he wind
    • 42'
      O. Giroud is yellow-carded.
    • 42'
      STAT ATTACK: West Brom are winless in their last nine meetings with Arsenal in the Premier League, while posting just two victories in the past 19 top-flight clashes with the Gunners (D3, L13).
    • 43'
      J. Morrison is cautioned by the referee.
    • 43'
      The bookings are starting to accumulate as Giroud and Morrison are both put into the referee's book, no more than a minute apart. The physical nature of the match is starting to pick up, as frustration sets in for Arsenal after a quite shocking end to this first half.
    • 45'
      There will be a minimum of two minutes added on at the end of this first half.
    • 46'
      Back underway at the Hawthorns!
    • 47'
      PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Sanchez remains so sharp in possession, winning a quick free kick off a challenge from Yacob. Ozil floats a terrific delivery in from the ensuing set piece, and Giroud goes to ground in the area - though the referee is having none of it.
    • 48'
      OFF THE WOODWORK! What a delightful hit from Ozil, who was moving away from goal as he met the layoff from Sanchez, before dragging a shot off the far post with Myhill cleanly beaten!
    • 49'
      SI M. Flamini SO F. Coquelin
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      M. Flamini comes on for Arteta.
    • 50'
      This is a cursed position for Arsenal this afternoon as Flamini, who came on to replace the injured Coquelin early on, is now forced off himself through injury. Mathieu Flamini is on in his place.
    • 52'
      STAT ATTACK: Arsenal have scored in all 19 of their matches against West Brom in the Premier League, including today, the longest 100 per cent scoring record of any side against one single opponent in the Premier League era. (Opta)
    • 54'
      CHAOS! Delightful stuff from Sanchez inside the area as he dribbles his way past three defenders before laying off for Gibbs, but the makeshift winger sees his close-range effort blocked! The pressure stays on and it comes to Giroud, but he lifts a shot over the bar!
    • 56'
      They're still chasing a deficit, but Arsenal have enjoyed an incredible start to this second half. They look nothing like the side who struggled to create from open play in the first 45 minutes, and would consider themselves a bit unlucky not to have equalised as of yet.
    • 58'
      EXCEPTIONAL DEFENDING FROM EVANS! It's surely a goal-saving tackle from the defender who slides in at the vital moment to just touch a ball behind after Ozil appeared to have played Flamini through on goal with a delightful pass.
    • 60'
      A few nerves are starting to creep in on the touchline and Tony Pulis is frantically getting his side organised. He feels it is time for a substitution, and you hardly blame him following this concentrated period of Arsenal pressure. Craig Gardner is coming on to replace Sessegnon.
    • 61'
      SI C. Gardner SO F. Coquelin
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      C. Gardner enters the game and replaces S. Sessègnon.
    • 62'
      STAT ATTACK: West Brom have averaged 0.5 points per game against Arsenal in the Premier League, their joint-lowest return against any side they have met more than twice. (Opta)
    • 63'
      SI J. Campbell SO F. Coquelin
    • 63'
      Third and final change for Arsenal as Joel Campbell comes on to replace Gibbs, who didn't excel on the wing like Wenger would have hoped. The Costa Rica international is about the only real attacking option off the bench for the visitors as a result of injuries.
    • 65'
      Sanchez caught atop the area by Evans after an impressive passing move from the Gunners, but Mark Clattenburg doesn't award a free kick. There didn't appear to be any intent in the challenge but the Chilean's trailing leg was definitely caught there.
    • 67'
      Wonderful control! If anyone is going to pull Arsenal back into the game, it's going to be Sanchez. He's been so sharp on the ball - his control, his movement and his skill - and West Brom have been unable to slow him. His teammates need to find a way to match the Chilean's intensity.
    • 68'
      SI S. Berahino SO F. Coquelin
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      S. Rondón is done for the day. S. Berahino is his replacement.
    • 69'
      SHOCKING MISS! Cazorla with a clever ball over the top for Campbell, who finds himself all alone after McClean slips, but the substitute scuffs his effort horribly! It looked a sure goal, yet he fails to even hit the target! There's a distinct look of disgust on the face of Wenger following that mis
    • 71'
      OH MY! INCREDIBLE SEQUENCE! All that made possible by the quality of the cross from the corner from Brunt. It creates a whole mess inside the six-yard box and a flurry of activity, but somehow a combination of Cech and Campbell manage to keep the ball out before the offside flag brings play to an en
    • 73'
      STAT ATTACK: Only 56% of the shots on target faced by Arsenal have been from inside the penalty area - the lowest proportion in the top flight. (Opta)
    • 75'
      Following the moments of panic, Arsenal are back at the right end of the pitch as far as they are concerned, looking to claw their way back into the game. Sanchez has taken up a central position now with Ozil on the left looking to fire crosses in for Giroud.
    • 77'
      SI R. Lambert SO F. Coquelin
    • 77'
      R. Lambert enters play, replacing J. Morrison.
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      SO CLOSE! Terrific ball into the area from Bellerin on the right, which picks out Sanchez in stride. It seems to catch the Chilean by surprise, however, as he can't sort out his footing, only able to roll a tame effort straight at Myhill!
    • 79'
      Wenger can't believe his side's luck at the moment. Their approach play has been much better in this second half and they have carved out chances seemingly at will - yet have nothing to show for it. You can sense the tension at the Hawthorns as both sets of fans know not what to expect over these fi
    • 81'
      Everyone forward for Arsenal as they chase this deficit. This would prove a costly defeat should they fail to find another goal, with Manchester United winning earlier today and Leicester leading 2-0 currently at St. James' Park. They would fall all the way to fourth place with a loss, having entere
    • 83'
      PENALTY TO ARSENAL! It's as if someone shut off the music at the party, as the Hawthorns goes deafeningly silent with Clattenburg pointing to the spot. Brunt cannot believe the decision has gone against him! He takes down Sanchez just inside the area as a ball was played in over the top.
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      HE'S SKIED IT! Gardner and Morrison try their best to get in the head of Cazorla in anticipation of the penalty being taken, and it has worked to perfection! The Spaniard can't keep his composure as he lifts a dreadful effort over the bar!
    • 86'
      EXCELLENT GOALKEEPING! There is an incredible pace to the match now as the teams go end-to-end in search of the decisive fourth goal. A ball is played over the top for Campbell who gets a touch, but Myhill is off his line to collect before he can get a real shot off at goal.
    • 88'
      Myhill comes out to collect a corner, and now West Brom can look to collect themselves. The fast tempo hardly suits what they are trying to accomplish over these final few minutes, so the keeper will take his time here, give his defenders a breather and let his side regroup.
    • 90'
      There will be a minimum of four minutes of stoppage time added on at the end of this match. Can Arsenal find the elusive equaliser?

    Line Up




    Sam Allardyce
    Mikel Arteta



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 13 9
    Yellow Cards 3 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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