- Arteta OG wins it for WBA
- Giroud put Gunners ahead
- Coquelin, Arteta both injured
- Cazorla misses late PK
West Bromwich Albion beat Arsenal 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday as Tony Pulis‘ side battled back to win.
Olivier Giroud headed Arsenal into the lead but James Morrison equalized and then an own goal from Mikel Arteta sealed all three points for the home team who also saw Santi Cazorla miss a late penalty kick as he slipped when kicking the ball.
With the win the Baggies move up to 13th on 17 points, while Arsenal drop to fourth on 26 points.
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West Brom made a decent start as James McClean whipped in a dangerous cross but no Baggies attacker could get on the end of it.
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Arsenal were handed an early injury blow as Francis Coquelin had to go off injured after clattering into a challenge with Claudio Yacob. The Frenchman was clutching his right knee and was replaced by Mike Arteta. The Gunners went close to taking the lead as Alexis Sanchez’s free kick looped up and over the wall but Boaz Myhill saved well.
Giroud did give Arsenal the lead before the half hour mark as he headed home Mesut Ozil’s free kick with the German grabbing an assist for the seventh-straight PL game.
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Before half time the Baggies were level as Morrison cleverly finished with the outside of his right foot to make it 1-1. The Hawthorns was bouncing. Five minutes before half time West Brom went 2-1 up as Salomon Rondon played in McClean down the left and his cross was pushed onto Arteta’s hand by Petr Cech and the ball bobbled into the goal. Own goal, as Arsenal trailed 2-1.
In the second half Arsenal’s injury woes continued with Arteta, the sub, had to be subbed through injury with Matheiu Flamini coming on. Despite that setback Arsenal pushed hard for an equalizer as Ozil hit the post and Kieran Gibbs had an effort which was superbly blocked by Craig Dawson. Late on Arsenal continued to push with Ozil hitting the post but Chris Brunt headed across the bar as West Brom thought they had gone 3-1 up but goal-line technology said otherwise and a free kick was also given for a push in the box.
In the 83rd minute Arsenal were then handed a penalty kick as Brunt was adjudged to have knocked Sanchez to the ground in the box with Mark Clattenburg pointing to the spot. Cazorla stepped up to take the PK but slipped as he did so and the ball looped up and over the bar in a huge let-off for the Baggies.
West Brom held on to win despite late pressure from Arsenal, as Arsene Wenger‘s side missed the chance to go top of the Premier League.