Premier League

  • A. Sánchez 6’
  • A. Sánchez 38’
2 Half Time 0
Premier League
Emirates Stadium
Attendance 59,568


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      An Alexis Sanchez double boosts the Gunners' Champions League hopes as they reclaim third place, while extending the Baggies' winless run to five games. It's ultimately as comfortable as it gets in the end for Arsenal who dominate from start to finish all over the pitch. They turn in the sort of per
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      An Alexis Sanchez double has the Gunners comfortably in front at the interval, as the hosts show just how well they're capable of playing. Again the criticism will be that they're only producing this sort of performance when the pressure is off, but they're still very much in a battle for third plac
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      Baggies boss Tony Pulis has made just the one change to his side, despite suffering another defeat on the weekend. Saido Berahino keeps his place in attack despite missing a pair of penalties against the Hornets, though he will start alone up top as Salomon Rondon is dropped to make room for an extr
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      Arsene Wenger has made a trio of changes to the side which dropped points in a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace on the weekend, with Per Mertesacker, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud all earning recalls at the expense of Gabriel, Francis Coquelin and Danny Welbeck. Theo Walcott remains on the bench, h
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      SUBS: Olsson, Gardner, Anichebe, Myhill, McManaman, Rondon, Leko.
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      WEST BROM (4-3-3): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Chester; Fletcher, Sandro, Yacob; Sessegnon, McClean, Berahino.
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      SUBS: Gabriel, Ospina, Walcott, Chambers, Welbeck, Campbell, Coquelin.
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      ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Cech; Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Elnenny, Ramsey; Sanchez, Ozil, Iwobi; Groud.
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      West Brom are in the midst of a dire run of form, and certainly don’t look like a side playing with the pressure off. They reached 39 points at the beginning of March, right at the magic number for Premier League survival, and have since switched off, picking up just one point while scoring only a s
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Emirates as Arsenal try and hold down their place in the top four when they play host to West Brom. Arsene Wenger’s side have five games remaining in what has been another disappointing season, and the stakes are high. They sit in fourth place, a point ahe
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      We're underway at the Emirates!
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      It's a strangely quiet night at the Emirates, with a ton of empty seats spread throughout the stadium. That's a real rarity in North London, but the onus will be on the players to help capture a bit of magic and generate a bit of atmosphere from those in attendance.
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      It has been a timid start to proceedings this evening, with Arsenal content with patiently passing the ball around near the halfway line while West Brom pack midfield. It's shaping up to be a typical performance from a Tony Pulis managed side.
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      G A. Sánchez Assist A. Ramsey
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      Ramsey is credited with the assist, though it was the simplest of passes to the Chilean who still had it all to do.
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      INCREDIBLE! DREAM START FOR THE GUNNERS! A goal in four straight for Alexis Sanchez, and this may be his best. The Chilean takes a pass from Ramsey from 30 yards out, turns brilliantly around Sandro, takes a step forward and drills an emphatic strike into the bottom corner with Foster not quick enou
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      STAT: West Brom have not won a Premier League game away from home this season in which they conceded. They have four victories on their travels this campaign in the top flight, all by a 1-0 margin.
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      SUPER BLOCK! Intricate passing from the Gunners who look very much up for the occasion this evening! Iwobi plays Monreal through at the perfect moment, before the left-back squares for Ozil in the centre. The German has a clear sight at goal from in close, but his first-time effort is turned aside w
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      West Brom have been very much second best at the start of this match, unable to get anything going in attack. Arsenal have led in each of the last four games in which they've failed to win, however, so there's still plenty of reason for optimism for the Baggies.
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      Arsenal have had 75 per cent possession through the opening stages, which simply doesn't cut it from the Baggies perspective. They're so cautious in their approach, focused mainly on not being broken down, but at one point or another tonight they're going to have to force the issue.
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      Sanchez has found himself heavily involved through the first quarter of an hour, at the centre of everything the hosts do going forward. The Chilean is covering a lot of ground, keen to drop deeper to get on the ball and act as the link between midfield and attack.
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      STAT: Only one of the 13 Barclays Premier League meetings between Arsene Wenger's Arsenal and a side managed by Tony Pulis has ever ended as an away win. Pulis has lost all seven visits to the Emirates Stadium.
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      The back for of West Brom is more like a back six, at least through 20 minutes it is. Sessegnon and McClean are acting more so as full-backs with Arsenal in possession, which has left Berahino completely stranded up top. They have no real way out of their end with their given shape.
    • 22'
      Arsenal aren't playing with great urgency, which is to be somewhat expected while they hold the lead, but their inability to create much has given West Brom a bit of confidence back. The Baggies are starting to win the ball more in midfield, though they've yet to get forward and mount an attack.
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      DELIGHTFUL! Stunning link-up between Sanchez and Bellerin, with the Chilean playing the right-back forward courtesy of a gorgeous touch. Bellerin sprints into the area with support from Giroud, but opts to go alone and rifles an attempt high and wide of the near corner.
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      Better from the Baggies! Their first real sign of positive play as Dawson gets forward from right-back. He's played into space on the overlap and pulls it back for Sessegnon, but the winger's strike is turned behind for a corner. They earn successive attempts from set-pieces, but the Gunners deal wi
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      STAT: West Brom have averaged lower than a goal a game under Tony Pulis in the Premier League (0.98 - 50 goals in 51 games).
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      ARSENAL LET OFF THE HOOK! The Baggies nearly grab an unlikely equaliser from a corner! McClean delivery into a dangerous area, and McAuley times his run brilliantly to the near post, navigating the Gunners' zonal marking, but his subsequent header rattles off the bar!
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      Arsenal have settled back down after the latest spell favouring the Baggies. They get back on the front foot and work the ball around brilliantly, getting into some dangerous areas through Bellerin, but they can't work Foster.
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      NEAR DISASTER FOR THE VISITORS! Another scintillating move from the Gunners sees Ozil set-up for a chance atop the area by Bellerin. His strike is straight at Foster, but the keeper makes a mess of it. The ball squeezes through him and towards goal, but Dawson is on hand to clear off the line!
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      The Gunners continue their pursuit of a second goal, and given the Baggies recent struggles in front of goal, it may be enough to put the game to bed. They've squandered a number of leads lately so it's very important for them to keep pushing the tempo and not rest on their laurels.
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      G A. Sánchez Assist A. Ramsey
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      WELL ISN'T THAT SPECIAL! Ramsey wins a free-kick right atop the area and Sanchez makes the absolute most of it, placing a shot in at the far post with Foster rooted to his spot - and Arsenal can breath easy. The placement of the wall in compliance with the keeper's positioning has to be put into que
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      STAT: The Gunners had been unbeaten in nine Premier League games against the Baggies before their defeat at the Hawthorns back in November (W7, D2).
    • 41'
      McAuley commits himself to a cynical challenge, dragging Giroud to ground in an attempt to prevent the striker from turning beyond him, and goes into the book as a result.
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      JUST OUT OF HIS REACH! Outstanding build-up! Ozil's clever chip over the top is something most players could only dream of. He spots the run of Monreal on the far side, but the defender just fails to get on the end of it. What a special goal that could have been.
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      There will be just one minute added on at the end of the first half.
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      SI J. Olsson SO A. Ramsey
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      SI S. Rondón SO A. Ramsey
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      Tony Pulis also elects to bring on a second striker in support for Berahino, with Salomon Rondon replacing Sandro.
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      In a like-for-like swap, James Chester is replaced by Jonas Olsson after an underwhelming first half.
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      Back underway at the Emirates!
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      Excellent break from Arsenal, who pick up right where they left off at the end of the first half. Iwobi holds the ball up well and springs Giroud into the area, but the striker's shot is stopped by Foster - that was a bit of a difficult chance for him to take.
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      STAT: Arsenal have won just four of their last 13 Premier League games (W4 D6 L3), only one more victory than West Brom in their last 13 PL matches (three wins).
    • 52'
      West Brom have a bit more life about them at the start of this second half, and they record their first shot on target from open play as McClean gets on the end of Dawson's cross, after being played into space by Sessegnon - though it's a comfortable save in the end for Cech.
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      It's refreshing to see the Baggies force the issue a bit here, and their change in shape certainly reflects their desire to go for goal. They've moved from a 4-5-1 to a 4-4-2, with Sessegnon and McClean getting higher up the pitch as well, with possession fairly even through the first 10 minutes of
    • 56'
      Arsenal are lacking the spark they had through much of the first half, when they were able to carve apart this Baggies defence quite brilliantly. The crowd noise has lowered significantly again, on what is really shaping up to be an odd night of football at the Emirates as far as attendance is conce
    • 58'
      Berahino has been a mere spectator throughout, and that has to change if West Brom are to have any chance at salvaging a point. In less than 15 minutes Rondon has already seen as much of the ball as Berahino has through nearly an hour.
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      STAT: Alexis Sanchez has scored or assisted nine goals in his last seven Premier League games, including this one (six goals, three assists), after delivering just one in his previous 10.
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      PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Elnenny makes a terrific run to get on the end of a pass in from the left, before skipping his way into the area. He appears to be tripped up from behind by Yacob, but stays on his feet for a moment before finally going to ground near Olsson - but there was no contact made fr
    • 64'
      Giroud does so well to attack a ball in the air and head it back into the danger area where he has team-mates waiting, but the forward is called for a foul on McClean. The striker feeds off those deliveries, so he won't be happy with the decision.
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      SI C. Gardner SO A. Ramsey
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      Tony Pulis uses up his final substitution as Craig Gardner comes on to replace McClean.
    • 67'
      The tempo has really fizzled out, and Arsenal are looking every bit content with taking the sting out of the match. They figure if they keep the ball the way they are in midfield, it will be awfully hard for the Baggies to find a way back into the game - and while they're not wrong, the fans would l
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      FOSTER TO THE RESCUE! He hasn't had the greatest game up to this point, but the keeper comes up huge here to deny Ozil at the far post after a lovely bit of build-up play from the hosts. Sanchez was the provider, but the Chilean may have been better off taking the chance himself.
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      LOVELY FOOTBALL! This is more like it from the Gunners, who are back to picking apart this West Brom defence! Another terrific move sees Ramsey played through, helped on by a Sanchez dummy, but the Welshman can't pick out the desired final ball in the end for Giroud, instead lifting a rash effort ov
    • 73'
      STAT: West Bromwich Albion have won just one of their last 11 Premier League away games (W1, D5, L5).
    • 75'
      Play comes to a halt as Elneny goes down with what appears to be an injury to his midsection. He took a shot in the ribs it looked like, but it's ultimately nothing to worry about as he jogs off under his own power.
    • 77'
      What was he thinking?! A dreadful giveaway from Fletcher allows Iwobi the chance to break in numbers. The winger has support to either side but over-complicates matters as he winds up getting dispossessed just inside the area by Olsson.
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      West Brom look completely outmatched in every area of the pitch, and that doesn't bode well for them ahead of a trip to White Hart Lane on Monday. They'll follow that up with home games against both West Ham and Liverpool, with a trip to Bournemouth sandwiched in between.
    • 81'
      Arsenal are in complete control as they run the clock down. They still have all three substitutions available to them, and Wenger will likely use at least a couple of them to run the game down towards full-time.
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      SI F. Coquelin SO A. Ramsey
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      The Gunners' first change sees Francis Coquelin replace Iwobi.
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      STAT: Arsenal have conceded 11 goals in 16 home league games; only Manchester United with seven have let in fewer.
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      SI T. Walcott SO A. Ramsey
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      SI J. Campbell SO A. Ramsey
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      Ozil is also withdrawn for the final minutes, with Joel Campbell getting a brief cameo.
    • 86'
      Alexis Sanchez won't get his hat-trick, but he's had another unforgettable night at the Emirates as he's replaced for the final minutes by Theo Walcott.
    • 88'
      That is special from Campbell! Only just on, the substitute makes his presence felt straight away, dribbling beyond three defenders before being challenged at the vital moment. He's full of life, attempting to win back his place in the starting line-up.
    • 90'
      There will be just two minutes added on at the end of this match.

    Line Up




    Mikel Arteta
    Sam Allardyce



    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 14 14
    Yellow Cards 0 1
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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