Arsenal 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion

Match info: Premier League at Emirates Stadium

Date: 08/12/2012 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Jones Att: 60,083

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Mikel Arteta 26 (pen),64 (pen)


W Brom

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  • And that's it! Arsenal take hold of three precious points, and they've looked well worth it this afternoon. It's back to the drawing board for West Brom, who will be hoping today's performance is merely a blip on the radar. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it! I'm Ryan Gordon and here's wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!

  • Kieran Gibbs puts a really dangerous delivery in across the face of goal, but all his team-mates are on the edge of the area and Albion have plenty of time to clear their lines.

  • How Podolski did not score now is beyond me. He's completely unmarked inside the area and has the entire goal to aim at, but somehow he scoops his shot up and miles over the crossbar. Strange one from the Germany international, that. Meanwhile, there will be four minutes of time added on, of which we've already had 60 seconds.

  • Arsenal play the ball around inside the six-yard area they look to walk the ball in, but Wilshere's shot is blocked from close-range as a good chance goes begging.

  • Final change of the game for Arsenal now as Santi Cazorla leaves the field of play to a standing ovation, with Lukas Podolski coming on for the final few minutes.

  • A rare shot on target for Szczesny to save, and the goalkeeper does well to push away Long's effort. The resulting corner picks out Lukaku in the area, but he gets his header all wrong and the ball bounces harmlessly out.

  • Arsenal show glimpses of their former selves as they effortlessly string together a series of passes, but they uncharacteristically give the ball away, but Albion, as has been the story of their day, just can't seem to make anything of the chance and the Arsenal defenders can relax.

  • Around seven minutes plus stoppages to go here in north London, and it's three vital points almost secured for Arsene Wenger's side as they look to return to their customary position in the top-four of the standings. They'll still finish the day behind West Brom, mind you.

  • Gervinho's afternoon is over as he's brought off to be replaced by the recently returned Thomas Rosicky.

  • A series of errors in the Arsenal defence allows West Brom a chance to find target, but Rosenburg's shot is blocked point-blank.

  • Mikel Arteta takes responsibility for this one, but he can't complete his hat-trick as his effort flies just wide.

  • Steven Reid is shown a yellow card now as he shoulder barges into Gervinho with a bit too much force for the referee's liking. Arsenal, meanwhile, have a free-kick in a very promising position...

  • A change for Arsenal now as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has put in a full shift this afternoon, makes way for Francis Coquelin.

  • The substitute's first piece of action is almost to run clean through on goal from Lukaku's pass, but Vermaelen just gets a toe to the ball and deflects the pass to one of his team-mates.

  • Zoltan Gera is off now as Markus Rosenberg is introduced for the final 14 minutes or so.

  • Brilliant again from Arsenal as Oxlade-Chamberlain breaks down the wing before delivering a peach of a delivery, but Myhill just gets in front of Giroud to palm the danger away.

  • Arsenal win another free-kick and try to take it short, but the referee isn't having it and makes them wait for the whistle. When the set-piece is eventually taken it's not a bad delivery and forces the defence to play the ball out for a corner.

  • Cazorla plays the ball over the top for Giroud to chase, with the Frenchman keeping the ball in play before seemingly winning a corner off Olsson, but the linesman saw it differently and awards a goal-kick.

  • More slick passing from the Gunners now as Wilshere's touch plays Oxlade-Chamberlain in behind the defenders, but his cut-back is well blocked and eventually goes out off Giroud for a goal-kick.

  • West Brom just don't seem to have an answer for Arsenal's movement today, which has been miles better than what has been on display during some of the previous matches this season.


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