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  • Date:05 Nov 2011
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,091
  • van Persie (21) Vermaelen (38)
    Arteta (73)
Goal!

Live Commentary

91:17 +1.17

The official flags Jerome Thomas offside. Laurent Koscielny takes the indirect free kick.

89:54

The assistant referee flags for offside against Somen Tchoyi. Clarindo Andre Santos takes the indirect free kick.

89:10

Mikel Arteta takes a short corner.

88:19

The offside flag is raised against Somen Tchoyi. Indirect free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

88:03

James Morrison takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

85:50

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, Steven Reid takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

85:36

Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Song.

83:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clarindo Andre Santos on James Morrison. Steven Reid restarts play with the free kick.

81:46

Short corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.

79:32

Somen Tchoyi takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen. George Thorne joins the action as a substitute, replacing Graham Dorrans.

78:21

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Jonas Olsson.

77:01

Theo Walcott leaves the field to be replaced by Andrey Arshavin.

76:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Jenkinson on Jerome Thomas. Chris Brunt restarts play with the free kick.

75:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley by Yossi Benayoun. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

74:33

Tomas Rosicky fouled by James Morrison, the ref awards a free kick. Robin van Persie takes the free kick.

73:10

A goal is scored by Mikel Arteta from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.

70:08

Shot on goal by Robin van Persie from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Youssouf Mulumbu coming on for Simon Cox. Tomas Rosicky comes on in place of Aaron Ramsey. Yossi Benayoun replaces Yao Gervinho.

67:51

Chris Brunt takes a shot. Somen Tchoyi gets a block in.

66:58

Alex Song takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

65:59

Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Somen Tchoyi results in a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

64:57

Aaron Ramsey challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.

62:07

Unfair challenge on Clarindo Andre Santos by Simon Cox results in a free kick. Zoltan Gera goes off and Somen Tchoyi comes on. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

59:37

Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

57:09

Jerome Thomas fouled by Carl Jenkinson, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gareth McAuley. Chris Brunt takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

53:52

Graham Dorrans produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

51:21

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, Header from close in by Thomas Vermaelen misses to the left of the target.

49:53

Shot from just outside the box by Graham Dorrans misses to the right of the target.

47:03 +2.03

Mikel Arteta produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

45:31 +0.31

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Zoltan Gera, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel. Jonas Olsson is caught offside. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

45:30

The referee gives a free kick against Chris Brunt for handball. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.

44:00

Carl Jenkinson challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Dorrans restarts play with the free kick.

40:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clarindo Andre Santos on Simon Cox. James Morrison delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.

38:42

A goal is scored by Thomas Vermaelen from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 West Brom.The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.

37:57

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie.

36:37

Simon Cox concedes a free kick for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Thomas Vermaelen restarts play with the free kick.

32:56

Simon Cox challenges Clarindo Andre Santos unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

31:41

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Simon Cox, free kick awarded. Jonas Olsson takes the direct free kick.

29:46

Theo Walcott fouled by Billy Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

28:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Simon Cox. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.

25:53

Yao Gervinho is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

21:23

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. A goal is scored by Robin van Persie from close in low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 West Brom.Assist by Theo Walcott.

21:13

Thomas Vermaelen fouled by Simon Cox, the ref awards a free kick. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.

16:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Simon Cox. Gareth McAuley restarts play with the free kick.

11:49

Zoltan Gera gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey. Robin van Persie restarts play with the free kick.

7:46

Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on Yao Gervinho. Clarindo Andre Santos produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

6:05

Unfair challenge on Carl Jenkinson by Jerome Thomas results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

5:11

Jerome Thomas is ruled offside. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

3:00

The assistant referee signals for offside against Simon Cox. Clarindo Andre Santos restarts play with the free kick.

1:22

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zoltan Gera on Aaron Ramsey. Aaron Ramsey takes the free kick.

0:53

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.

Match Preview

Wenger happy with improving Gunners Arsene Wenger believes his ever-improving Arsenal side can prove the naysayers wrong this season. The Gunners endured a disastrous start to the campaign but have responded superbly to an 8-2 mauling at Manchester United in August. Arsenal have won five of their seven league matches since the Old Trafford defeat and manager Wenger wants his side to continue their fine run against West Brom tomorrow. "For us it is of course a vital game tomorrow because we are coming back into a better position in the league," he said. "We feel at home we are managing to win games and we want to continue to do that. "What was important at Chelsea was that we won the game. That was important for confidence. "But away from home up until now we have not produced the points you need when you want to play at the top. That's good for the confidence of the team. "The [midweek Champions League] Marseille game was a difficult one because we were on such a high after Saturday, which made Tuesday night a bit more difficult. "But, having had chance to watch it again, we produced enough chances to win the game [despite drawing 0-0]." While Arsenal are starting to find a winning rhythm in the league, there remains those doubting their ability to finish in the top four. Earlier this week Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart told the Gunners not to get carried away with their win over Chelsea and insisted Tottenham are the best team in north London. Asked about the comments, Wenger retorted: "Well nobody is guaranteed to be in the top four after 10 games. "Nobody has enough knowledge or is prophetic enough to say who will finish there. "Historically we have not been bad in there so I don't see why somebody can say that. "Let's just let everybody else talk and we will play. If we play better and better, then we have a chance." Arsenal have been given a kind-looking set of fixtures over the coming weeks, with matches against Norwich, Fulham and Wigan after tomorrow's encounter with West Brom. Wenger knows it will not be as easy as some suggest but highlighted the importance of heading into December with a good points tally. "Football is not as rational and mathematical as [saying we will get lots of points from these upcoming fixtures]," the Frenchman said. "I believe in the Premier League you get what you deserve from the quality of your performance." Robin van Persie will return to the starting line-up while Wenger is without Marouane Chamakh (knee), Kieran Gibbs (stomach), Abou Diaby (hamstring), Jack Wilshere and Bacary Sagna (both ankle). West Brom manager Roy Hodgson admits he found it laughable when Wenger's future came under the spotlight and praised the way he is building another side capable of challenging for honours. Hodgson believes the Gunners have started to overcome the summer loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. He witnessed at first hand their stunning 5-3 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge courtesy of a Robin van Persie hat-trick, and knows Albion will have to improve on last weekend's performance against Liverpool to have any chance of repeating last season's 3-2 win at Arsenal. Hodgson said: "Are Arsenal back? Have they ever been away? Where did they go? There was all the stuff about Arsene being under the spotlight and pressure. "I think all managers at this level will accept they come under the spotlight and pressure if your team isn't winning as many games as people would like to see you win. "But I would find it very hard to believe if Arsenal FC were considering Wenger's future because for the last 15 years he has done a fantastic job. "He has proved himself to be one of the best managers in the world and has made that club an enormous amount of money when other clubs are losing money and staring administration in the face. "He has made that club stronger and stronger, richer and richer. His list of achievements just goes on and on." Hodgson added: "I put those moments when even people like Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are called into question as one of the amusing aspects of the job. "Arsene has had a chance after the upheavals of the summer with Fabregas and Nasri to accept it is time to move on from those players and to bring new players in. "Those new players are bedding in better and better, at least if you look at the results it would seem that way because they are doing very well at the moment." end

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 433Manager: Roy Hodgson

West Brom

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Carl Jenkinson
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Clarindo Andre Santos
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Alex Song
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Theo Walcott
  • Robin van Persie
  • Yao Gervinho
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Chu-Young Park
  • Johan Djourou
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Yossi Benayoun

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Match Report

Van Persie fires Gunners Another Robin van Persie-inspired performance saw Arsenal collect a 3-0 victory over West Brom. The Holland international started the dreary midweek Champions League draw with Marseille on the bench, but was recalled to the starting line-up as Arsenal won their 400th Premier League game. While unable to match his hat-trick heroics at Chelsea last weekend, Van Persie was the difference once more as he netted the first and then turned provider for both Thomas Vermaelen and Mikel Arteta. Aaron Ramsey's exquisite through-ball helped the Arsenal skipper net his 11th league goal of the campaign, finishing from close range after Ben Foster blocked a Theo Walcott effort. Vermaelen then netted his first goal for almost two years as he turned in a Van Persie cross and, after the break, Arteta fired home after neat work between the Dutchman and substitute Tomas Rosicky. Van Persie and Laurent Koscielny were the only two changes Arsene Wenger made to his starting line-up heading into the match, while counterpart Roy Hodgson made four alterations to the side that lost 2-0 to Liverpool last weekend. Arsenal started the stronger of the sides and dominated the early proceedings in north London, but were struggling to turn their possession into clear-cut chances. Van Persie, fresh from collecting the October player of the month award, saw a shot blocked by Gareth McAuley inside the opening minute and then Andre Santos thumped a 20-yard free-kick over the bar. Those attempts were all Arsenal had to show for their early exertions as the Baggies defended resolutely, with Jonas Olsson receiving a cut under his eye when challenging Vermaelen. The patched-up Sweden international was forced to change shirt and shorts in order to continue for the visitors, who soon eked out their first opportunity as Simon Cox sent in a low cross that Zoltan Gera came close to pouncing on. The Baggies were matching the home side with their endeavour, but were undone in the 22nd minute by an exquisite pass from Ramsey. The Wales international's low ball cut through the West Brom defence and straight to Walcott, whose blocked shot fell kindly for Van Persie to net his 29th goal in 28 games this year. The goal spurred Arsenal into life as they pressed for a second, with Arteta seeing a penalty shout rejected before Gervinho was adjudged offside in a dangerous position. Wenger's side were still struggling to regularly test Ben Foster, but managed to double their advantage six minutes before the break. Alex Song's ball to the back post was volleyed across goal by Van Persie, allowing Vermaelen to fire home his first of the season. Arsenal continued to test West Brom's backline after the break and only a late block by McAuley stopped Carl Jenkinson's right-wing cross finding Gervinho. Vermaelen headed just wide from the resulting corner as the home side pressed for a third, before Ramsey lashed across the face of goal. West Brom were struggling to get out of their own half and only a quick reaction save from Foster thwarted a Song drive. With less than 20 minutes remaining, Wenger brought on Yossi Benayoun and Rosicky in a bid to add another attacking dimension and force a third. The move immediately had the desired effect as Arsenal scored with the next attack as Van Persie and Rosicky played a neat one-two, before the former teed up Arteta to fire home from 20 yards. Somen Tchoyi saw a shot blocked by Vermaelen at the other end as West Brom looked to reduce the deficit, although Arsenal were still dominating the majority of possession. Steven Reid tested Wojciech Szczesny with a late header, but the Gunners held out for a comfortable victory and a clean sheet.

Form Guide

    LWLWWW
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • West Brom
  • LDDWWL

Last Meetings

  • West Brom
  • 2 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 19/03/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 3
  • West Brom
  • 25/09/2010
  • West Brom
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 03/03/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 16/08/2008
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 1
  • West Brom
  • 15/04/2006
  • West Brom
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 15/10/2005

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 10
  • T Walcott 2
  • YK Gervinho 2
  • A Arshavin 1
  • M Arteta 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • A Ramsey 1

West Brom

  • S Long 3
  • PO Odemwingie 2
  • P Scharner 1
  • J Morrison 1
  • C Brunt 1
  • J Olsson 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 41
    • Goals per game 20
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

West Brom

    • Total goals 30
    • Goals per game 9
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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