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  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 60,083
ArsenalArsenalvWest BromWest Brom
2
  • Arteta, pen 26
  • Arteta, pen 64
0

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93 mins:FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 2-0 WEST BROM: Arsenal get the win but will be concerned by their wastefulness in front of goal, while West Brom's slump continues.

92 mins:A cross from Gibbs flashes across goal but there's no team-mate there to knock it into the net.

90 mins:A golden opportunity for Podolski who, all alone in the area, contrives to lift the ball way over the bar when it would have been easier to score.

89 mins:Another chance for Arsenal isn't converted as Wilshere's shot is blocked.

87 mins:Cazorla leaves the field to be replaced by Lukas Podolski.

86 mins:Long forces a good save from Szczesny, and from the resultant corner Lukaku heads wide.

85 mins:Arsenal are knocking the ball around now and are looking comfortable.

84 mins:It looks like Arsenal will hang on to record a welcome home win.

82 mins:Gervinho won't score this afternoon as he is replaced by Tomas Rosicky.

81 mins:Markus Rosenberg sees an effort blocked, but it was at least on target.

80 mins:Mikel Arteta goes close to a hat-trick as his free-kick flies just wide.

79 mins:Reid is booked for a push on Gervinho and Arsenal have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

77 mins:Rosenberg is straight into the action as he almost latches onto a throughball but Vermaelen gets there just in time.

76 mins:Zoltan Gera is replaced by Markus Rosenberg.

75 mins:Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain does brilliantly to deliver a cross which has to be pushed away by Myhill with Giroud lurking.

73 mins:Arsenal think they should have had a corner as a ball seems to be out off Olsson but the linesman doesn't agree.

71 mins:Arsenal are looking impressive in possession, if Gervinho had taken his chances they could be five up.

69 mins:A free-kick for Arsenal but Cazorla hits the ball straight into the wall.

68 mins:Sagna delivers a cross which is met by Giroud, but he can't direct his header on target.

66 mins:Now Per Mertesacker is booked for some choice words to the officials.

65 mins:GOAL: ARSENAL 2-0 WEST BROM: Arteta scores an almost carbon copy of his first penalty to double Arsenal's lead.

64 mins:Another penalty for Arsenal as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is brought down in the area.

63 mins:The Baggies make a change with Romelu Lukaku coming on for Peter Odemwingie.

61 mins:Another great chance for Arsenal but Gervinho doesn't show enough of a killer instinct to get to the ball and McAuley can clear.

60 mins:Brunt goes into the book for dissent.

58 mins:West Brom waste an opportunity from a set-piece as a corner is not dealt with by Wojciech Szczesny but there's no-one there to slot the ball home.

56 mins:It's getting a little heated at the Emirates now.

54 mins:Both Olivier Giroud and Jonas Olsson are booked after a coming-together.

53 mins:Cazorla appears to have been fouled on the edge of the area but the referee isn't impressed and waves play on.

52 mins:The Baggies win a free-kick but Arsenal win back possession and break quickly but Wilshere loses the ball.

50 mins:Jack Wilshere tries to find Gervinho but overhits his pass.

48 mins:A free header for Gareth McAuley but he can't direct it on target.

47 mins:West Brom win a free-kick out wide.

46 mins:The second half gets underway.

45 mins:HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 WEST BROM: Arsenal have been well on top against a West Brom side which has failed to get going.

45 mins:Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goes for a spectacular overhead kick but the ball flies over the bar.

43 mins:Gervinho is finding himself in some good positions but can't get his deliveries right as another cross is easily cleared.

41 mins:More pressure from Arsenal as Gervinho's effort is well saved and the rebound is taken off Wilshere's toes.

39 mins:Big shout for a penalty from West Brom as Per Mertesacker appears to handle a free-kick, but nothing is given.

37 mins:Great chance for Arsenal but Gervinho fluffs his lines, leaving it far too late before delivering his cross, and West Brom can clear the danger.

36 mins:West brom win a free-kick which is whipped in dangerously but the flag is up for offside.

34 mins:Giroud looks ok to continue and Lukas Podolski goes back to the bench after a brief warm-up.

32 mins:Olivier Giroud is struggling with what looks like a back problem.

30 mins:Another corner for Arsenal but the whistle goes for a free-kick to the Baggies.

28 mins:West Brom will feel aggrieved by that penalty decision.

26 mins:GOAL: ARSENAL 1-0 WEST BROM: Mikel Arteta calmly slots the ball home, straight down the middle.

26 mins:Penalty to Arsenal - Cazorla is brought down in the area by Brunt and the referee awards a penalty, although it looked like little contact was made.

24 mins:First chance for West Brom but Brunt's effort is always rising.

23 mins:Shane Long gives the ball away whihc is not a good idea against Arsenal on this form, but a throughball towards Gervinho is intercepted.

21 mins:Oxlade-Chamberlain is flagged offside as Arsenal come forward again.

19 mins:Another potential injury for West Brom as Chris Brunt goes down under a challenge from Sagna.

17 mins:Oxlade-Chamberlain turns provider with a great cross but Cazorla volleys over.

16 mins:Cazorla curls in a teasing free-kick into the area but his team-mates can't make contact, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's follow-up is blocked.

14 mins:Arsenal are building up a good head of steam and are dominating the play.

13 mins:Arsenal win a corner which Myhill does well to punch well clear.

11 mins:Cazorla goes for goal from a long way out but his effort is well off target.

10 mins:Jack Wilshere is at the fulcrum of Arsenal's play but he fails to find Gervinho with a throughball.

8 mins:Gervinho goes for goal when he might have been better finding a team-mate and the chance is gone.

6 mins:Such a blow for the Baggies as Ridgewell can't continue and is replaced by Goran Popov.

5 mins:Liam Ridgewell is down receiving treatment.

4 mins:The corner falls to Gervinho who messes his effort up horribly - he should have scored

3 mins:Arsenal win an early corner.

2 mins:It's a scrappy start to the game in the opening minutes.

1 mins:The game gets underway.

Arsenal restore a number of first-team players to their line-up following their Champions League trip in midweek.

Steve Clarke makes four changes from the team that lost to Stoke, with Liam Ridgewell, James Morrison, Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie coming in.

This should be a cracking match - Arsenal need a win to appease their fans while West Brom will hope to get back on track following two straight defeats.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance: 60,083
ArsenalArsenalvWest BromWest Brom
2
  • Arteta, pen 26
  • Arteta, pen 64
0

match report

Beleaguered Arsenal ended a miserable week with victory but it took a dubious penalty to set up a 2-0 win over stuttering West Brom.

Santi Cazorla's tumble made for an unsatisfying opener (26) but Mikel Arteta converted a second spot-kick after the break (64) to give an irritable Arsene Wenger a first win in five.

How Arsenal needed an early goal to thaw the chill after defeats by Swansea and Olympiakos but when a Boaz Myhill punch dropped tantalisingly for Gervinho just minutes in, the striker scuffed his shot horribly.

West Brom - beaten for the third game in a row - were forced into a reshuffle, Goran Popov on for an injured Liam Ridgewell, and as an impressive Jack Wilshere surged forward into space, home discord gave way to cautious optimism.

Cazorla curled wide and volleyed another high under pressure but, though Arsenal were the better side, his breakthrough soon after never should have been. Steven Reid swiped at air and seemingly not man as the Spaniard cut back but Mike Jones pointed to the spot and Arteta accepted the gift.

Wilshere slid in to almost add a second seven minutes from the break but Arsenal deliveries had in truth been hit and miss and West Brom lethargic opponents.

The flashpoint made for second-half spice as both sides raised the tempo but glorious chances came - and went - for the home side.

Gervinho found dangerous positions only to flounder with alarming frequency; missing the ball completely, albeit under pressure, just yards from goal, while Lukas Podolski would later shank hopelessly high.

Steve Clarke swapped a peripheral Peter Odemwingie for the pace of Romelu Lukaku but any hope of a fightback was extinguished when Chris Brunt brought down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with two flailing legs.

The Arsenal winger tussled with Popov in the build-up but Arteta kept his focus and the job was done.

Wenger's side had hardly been at their best but they hadn't needed to be.

team line-up

1Wojciech Szczesny
5Thomas Vermaelen
3Bacary Sagna
4Per Mertesacker
28Kieran Gibbs
10Jack Wilshere
8Mikel Arteta
19Santiago Cazorla88
15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain78
27Gervinho81
12Olivier Giroud

substitutes

16Aaron Ramsey
22Francis Coquelin78
18Sébastien Squillaci
36Damián Martinez
7Tomas Rosicky81
9Lukas Podolski88
25Carl Jenkinson

referee

Michael Jones

team line-up

13Boaz Myhill
2Steven Reid
3Jonas Olsson
6Liam Ridgewell7
23Gareth McAuley
24Peter Odemwingie62
7James Morrison
21Youssuf Mulumbu
11Chris Brunt
22Zoltán Gera76
9Shane Long

substitutes

19Luke Daniels
8Markus Rosenberg76
32Marc-Antoine Fortuné
17Graham Dorrans
4Goran Popov7
30Gabriel Tamas
20Romelu Lukaku62

referee

Michael Jones

match stats

possession %5941
shots on target31
shots off target95
corners74
tackles won2015
offsides65