It was a much better performance from Arsenal as they beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns to get their first league game win after 2 consecutive losses.
The Gunners needed to be patient and solid and Laurent Koscielny’s return to the squad had massively benefited our defense. It took the Gunners 60 minutes to finally break the deadlock through a great cross from Santi Cazorla which was headed in fantastically by Danny Welbeck. Although the final 10 minutes was a bit nervous, the boys stayed solid and were able to finish the line and get all 3 points at the end of the day.
It’s time to get serious as after a rejuvenating big match win against Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League, Arsenal will now travel to the Hawthorns to face a daunting task against West Bromwich Albion in the Barclays Premier League.
TEAM NEWS: Jack Wilshere is out for 3 months with an ankle injury, Szczesny and Walcott are still out while Danny Welbeck faces a late fitness test. Koscielny is back in the squad.
In the pre-match interview, Wenger has made clear that in order to have a strong finish to the season his side needs to improve and build on the win against Dortmund until February of 2015 and for that they must take 3 points from this match up. The Gunners have been very poor in the league so far and if not for Alexis Sanchez they would have been struggling amongst the relegation area. With injuries piling up with each match, Arsenal needs to dig deep and find inspiration through some way to at least continue their yearly routine finish inside the top 4.
It was a boring match as Arsenal knew beforehand that their priority to snatch the 4th spot has been accomplished after seeing Everton lose earlier. But, they did managed to win the game through a beautiful header scored by Olivier Giroud.
There’s nothing much to write about this particular game. Wenger rested Aaron Ramsey as he had a minor thigh strain and wanted to protect him for the big FA Cup final ahead. This was Arsenal’s last home game of the season and throughout the season they had only lost once there so that’s a very good sign for the next season. If they can improve on their away record then they can be a genuine title contender next year.
So here it is, after a hard fought season, full of ups and downs, the Gunners have arrived at their final home game of the season and with Everton losing last night against Manchester City, their quest to secure the 4th place seems to have been sealed.
Arsenal have had a good home form this season. Their only loss came in the opening game of the season. Since then, it has been almost flawless but their downfall this season has been their away form where they have suffered huge defeats on many occasions. But, Arsenal would hope to end the season on a high and for that they must continue their recent winning run.
It was a tired performance by the Gunners as they were held to a 1-1 draw away at the Hawthorns against an in-form West Brom side. Arsenal came into this match having won all of their previous 10 games in all competitions this season but West Brom also were looking to pull off another upset after beating defending champions Manchester United at Old Trafford last week.
It was a tight affair with West Brom having more of the venom in front of goal. The Gunners got behind for the first time this season as West Brom scored just before the half-time when Claudio Yacob put the Baggies in front through a well-constructed header. Arsenal came back in the second half showing a little bit more hunger going forward but it was West Brom who had the chance to kill the game when former Gunner, Anelka had a couple of easy chances which h couldn’t convert. The Gunners took full advantage of West Brom’s shortcomings as a beautifully created play by Ozil and Giroud let Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere score a left footed deflected goal to earn a vital away point for Arsenal.
This result ends Arsenal’s phenomenal away winning record which started way back in March and also ended the Gunners 10 match winning run this season. But, despite that Arsenal finds themselves once again sitting at the top of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Liverpool on goal difference going into the international break.
The order for the day will be to play like the league leaders as current Barclays Premier League table toppers Arsenal visits the Hawthorns on Sunday in the Premier League. Arsenal are fresh off from their 10th consecutive win of the season in mid-week when they defeated the Italian powerhouse Napoli 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. West Brom are also playing with confidence at the moment as they shockingly beat Manchester United last week at the Old Trafford so this match is proving to be another tough away fixture for the Gunners.
Team news: Sagna is out for three weeks with a Hamstring injury. Other than that no fresh injuries from the mid-week game.
This match is the final match before another 2 weeks of International break so the Gunners must keep up the momentum in order to stay at the top after the break. Arsenal must not get carried away and they must play like the league leaders now. They have fought very hard to be in this position, faced lots of criticism after the opening game but the mental strength with which they overcame those odds must not die because to be the champions, a team has to put in their 100% effort every week and that’s what we want to see from our team.
We witnessed a typical cup match as Arsenal despite under-performing came out of the Hawthorns victorious as they beat West Bromwich Albion 4-3 on penalties after playing out a 1-1 draw after extra time.
As expected, Wenger made many changes to give our strongest 11 a bit of rest before this weekends league game against Swansea and fielded a mixture of young as well as experienced players to kick-off their campaign in this season’s Capital One Cup. It was a lackluster performance from both sides and for more than 55 minutes, neither teams could break the oppositions defense. In the second half though, the young guns showed a bit of composure for which they were rewarded when Nicklas Bendtner’s beautifully created pass reached Eisfeld’s feet and he thumped it in to give us the lead. But, after that West Brom stood up and made it very hard for our defense by launching crosses from left and right. Due to their persistent efforts, they were able to score the equaliser when Saido Berahino’s header from a well crafted corner finally beat the Arsenal keeper Fabianski. It finished 1-1 at full time and also at the end of extra time. So, the tie had to be decided on a penalty shootout which created a sense of high drama inside the Hawthorns. Arsenal went out of last year’s Capital One Cup in a heart wrenching penalty shootout against Bradford when Thomas Vermaelen missed the target so this time he did not took part in the shootouts and Wenger made a brave decision by naming 90% of our youngsters to take the penalties and they did their manager proud by winning the shootouts 4-3 when left back Nacho Monreal confidently netted in his penalty kick to take the Gunners into the 4th round of the league cup where Arsenal will face their London rivals Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.
It’s time for Wenger to unleash his youngsters as Arsenal starts their Capital One Cup (League cup) campaign away at West Bromwich Albion.
The Gunners are in top form at the moment, winning all of their last 7 games in all competitions. The only bad news is that they are also losing players to injury far too often, the latest casualty is Theo Walcott who could be out for another couple of weeks due to his muscle abdominal problem which he suffered prior to the Stoke game at the weekend.
Team news: Nicklas Bendtner, Ju-Young Park, Arteta and Vermaelen are looking likely to make a comeback to the first team. Youngsters like Akpom, Eisfeld, Hayden, Miyaichi, Gnabry etc. are also available for selection.
This is a huge game for the Gunners, knowing that the team haven’t won any trophies since 2005. So, with the arrival of star players like Mesut Ozil at the helm, Arsenal will be looking forward to end their barren run in terms of trophy wins.