West Bromwich Albion 2 - 3 Arsenal

Match info: Premier League at The Hawthorns

Date: 13/05/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Jones Att: 26,358

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W Brom

Shane Long 11
Graham Dorrans 15



Yossi Benayoun 4
Andre Santos 30
Laurent Koscielny 54

FT (ht: 2-2)

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  • Arsenal win a free-kick out wide and you can bet they'll squeeze every second out of this one. It's eventually taken by Gibbs, but he over hits it and the ball goes straight through to Fulop. West Brom are back on the attack...

  • Up at the other end and it takes a sensational last-ditch tackle from Vermaelen to stop Odemwingie from getting his shot away. The West Brom striker was clean through there, and Vermaelen may have just earned his side passage to the Champions League.

  • The Gunners almost seal the points as Robin van Persie is played through on-side, but the Dutchman thrashes his shot well over. You'd expect a bit more from the prolific striker, and still Arsenal must hang on.

  • Groans from the visiting supporters now as the fourth official shows there will be five minutes of time added on here at the end.

  • Odemwingie's at it again and tries to run through the heart of the Arsenal defence, but Song does well to stand his ground and is eventually able to nip the ball out for a throw-in. Meanwhile, the occasion seems to getting to Arsene Wenger, who slips off the side of his chair in the dugout. He offers a rye smile but his usually stern look returns almost immediately.

  • Gibbs concedes a free-kick in a really dangerous area out wide, and the Arsenal faithful are on the edge of their seats here. The delivery is weak though and an awkward touch in the area sees the ball bounce up perfectly for Szczey to collect.

  • Less than five minutes for Arsenal to hang on to before they will know their Champions League fate. As it stands they're through to next season's group stage, but any slip up now would allow Tottenham in, as they currently lead Fulham 2-0.

  • Odemwingie is proving the difference between the two sides just at the moment, twisting and turning his way into the area before feeding Fortune, but the big striker pushes the ball too far forward, and his eventual cross is well over everyone.

  • Close again for the hosts, who get into the area through a good run from Odemwingie, but his ball to the far-post is met by an Arsenal head, and a good chance is gone.

  • Odemwingie does really well to break through the middle of the field before sliding a glorious pass across field for Fortune, but after skipping past his man he can only hit his shot into the ground and wide of the mark.

  • A change from each side now. Paul Scharner is on the field in what is his last game for West Brom. Graham Dorrans is the man he replaces, and what a send off it would be if the former could nip in a goal here today. Meanwhile, Santos looks unable to carry on and makes way for Aaron Ramsey.

  • Koscielny has been uncharacteristically sloppy this afternoon, and he's lucky to not be punished after again conceding possession just outside his own area.

  • Szczey does well to collect a dangerous ball into the area, and Theo Walcott is off like a flash and only needs the right ball to be played into his path, but the goalkeeper can't find it and the ball zips through to his opposite number.

  • Sustained pressure from the hosts now, who are pushing hard for an equaliser. Alex Song is well on top of things though and intercepts a dangerous passing move to lift some of the pressure off the Arsenal back-four.

  • Change for West Brom now, with deadly Nigerian hitman Peter Odemwingie coming on for Simon Cox.

  • Arsenal fans are on their feet as Theo Walcott nips in to win the ball in the six-yard area before clipping back for Song, but his first-time volley from just inside the area is well blocked.

  • Back to the action at the Hawthorns though, and a heavy challenge on Andre Santos brings a long break in play as the Brazilian needs some treatment. It looks like he'll be okay to continue though. Meanwhile, Koscielny gives the ball away far too easily, and the defender needs his goalkeeper to come to his rescue, brilliantly saving from Long's stinging drive.

  • Absolutely massive goal in the race for the Premier League title this season, and as it stands Manchester United are champions. They lead Sunderland 1-0 at the Stadium of Light, but it's back in Manchester where the biggest news of the day is emerging, as City have just gone behind to QPR. It's 2-1 to the Londoners at the Etihad Stadium, and a season of hard work looks to be going up in smoke for Roberto Mancini's men.

  • Another change for Arsenal now, with Gervinho making way for Kieran Gibbs.

  • As it stands in the race for third, it's Arsenal who will earn automatic entry to next season's Champions League, although if they draw or lose this one, it will be Tottenham in that position, as they currently lead 2-0 against Fulham. Fellow top-four hopefuls Newcastle, though, look to be out of the running for a place in Europe's elite competition as they trail Everton 2-0.


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