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Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.
The referee signals the end of the game.
Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
Victor Anichebe has an effort at goal. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
Header by Kim Kallstrom misses right.
Clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
Header by Jonas Olsson misses right.
Chance falls to Craig Dawson who heads at goal. Blocked by Bacary Sagna.
Matej Vydra is brought on as a substitute for Youssouf Mulumbu.
Saido Berahino crosses the ball.
Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Saido Berahino on Mesut Ozil.
Clearance made by Bacary Sagna.
Clearance by Per Mertesacker.
Victor Anichebe replaces Morgan Amalfitano.
Nacho Monreal goes off and Thomas Vermaelen comes on.
Clearance made by Craig Dawson.
Lukas Podolski takes a shot and hits the post.
Mesut Ozil takes a shot and went wide left of the net.
Tomas Rosicky sends in a cross.
Header by Craig Dawson goes over the bar.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Graham Dorrans.
Morgan Amalfitano has an effort at goal. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.
Tomas Rosicky on for Santi Cazorla.
Nacho Monreal challenges Saido Berahino unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Corner taken by Morgan Amalfitano.
Chris Brunt crosses the ball.
Clearance made by Mathieu Flamini.
The ball is delivered by Graham Dorrans.
Foul by Nacho Monreal on Stephane Sessegnon, free kick awarded.
Corner taken by Mesut Ozil.
Kim Kallstrom joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mikel Arteta.
Lukas Podolski crosses the ball.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla from the right by-line.
Mesut Ozil crosses the ball.
The ball is delivered by Nacho Monreal.
Corner taken by Graham Dorrans from the right by-line.
Nacho Monreal makes a clearance.
Clearance by Diego Lugano.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla.
Craig Dawson makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Santi Cazorla.
Bacary Sagna crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Morrison by Lukas Podolski.
Clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Handball decision goes against Mikel Arteta.
The match restarts for the second half.
The ball is swung over by Nacho Monreal.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Per Mertesacker, free kick awarded.
The match has reached half-time.
Diego Lugano makes a clearance.
Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Olivier Giroud on Jonas Olsson.
Centre by Saido Berahino.
Free kick taken by Santi Cazorla.
Graham Dorrans concedes a free kick for a foul on Mesut Ozil.
Unfair challenge on Morgan Amalfitano by Laurent Koscielny results in a free kick.
Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Dawson.
The ball is swung over by Craig Dawson.
Header by Craig Dawson goes harmlessly over the bar.
Corner taken by Graham Dorrans.
The ball is crossed by Morgan Amalfitano.
Graham Dorrans restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Lukas Podolski on Youssouf Mulumbu.
Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
Foul by Stephane Sessegnon on Mathieu Flamini, free kick awarded.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Mesut Ozil.
Shot by Saido Berahino cleared the target.
Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Graham Dorrans takes a brilliant shot. Wojciech Szczesny fumbles the ball.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Saido Berahino on Bacary Sagna.
Mathieu Flamini takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Craig Dawson gets a block in.
Clearance made by Diego Lugano.
Header by James Morrison goes to the left of the goal.
The ball is crossed by Graham Dorrans.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mathieu Flamini on Youssouf Mulumbu.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Santi Cazorla.
Jonas Olsson restarts play with the free kick.
Stephane Sessegnon fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick.
Nacho Monreal takes the free kick.
James Morrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Lukas Podolski.
Corner taken by Santi Cazorla. Olivier Giroud scores. Arsenal 1-0 West Brom.Assist on the goal came from Santi Cazorla.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Blocked by Youssouf Mulumbu.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Youssouf Mulumbu gets a block in.
Nacho Monreal sends in a cross.
Centre by Nacho Monreal.
Saido Berahino takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.
Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
Free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.
A cross is delivered by Morgan Amalfitano.
The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
It's all about margins for Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels it is strange to see such a wide points gap from top to bottom in a Premier League season which has proved anyone can beat anyone.
The Gunners host West Brom on Sunday, one of several sides who are not yet mathematically secure of their top-flight status heading into the final two matches.
The campaign has been so full of unexpected results - including a win for the Baggies at Old Trafford in September, a first for 35 years - that they can no longer be considered as genuine shocks, with Sunderland's recent win at Chelsea the latest case in point.
Considering the need for all sides to guard against complacency when coming up against teams below them, Wenger believes the fact leaders Liverpool have more than double the points amassed by 12th-placed Swansea makes no logical sense.
He said: "It is strange because it looks like every big team could lose everywhere (this season) and you would think that the difference between the teams has been much closer.
"But if you look at the points, the gap between the top teams and the bottom teams is bigger than any other year before, so there's a little bit of a contradiction between what we've observed visually and mathematically."
Wenger, though, is determined not to allow his side to fall victim to another statistical anomaly this weekend, when Arsenal could wrap up fourth place and with it a shot at Champions League qualification once again.
"One of the ingredients we have this season is a response when everybody was writing us off," said Wenger.
"We've always responded in a very strong way, which means the mentality is strong and healthy and united inside the camp.
"The challenge now is of course to beat West Brom.
"If you look at the names that they have in the team, they're a good side, so we must play with a good focus and feel that we get stronger in every game.
"Recently we've been better in every game and controlled much better the games compared to one month ago."
Arsenal's title challenge faded after the turn of the year when they were unable to overcome the loss of key men like Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil to various spells of injury.
"We have missed some vital games and that is the regret we have of the season, some turning points in the season away from home where we failed to turn up with the right performance," Wenger said.
"Overall, though, we have been remarkably consistent.
"We played in the Champions League against Bayern, we are in the final of the FA Cup, coming through having played many big teams, we are seven points off Liverpool, who only played one competition.
"But in the Premier League. yes we missed some games and we pay for it now."
West Brom's Spanish boss Pepe Mel believes Wenger would have been sacked had he experienced a similar trophy drought in La Liga.
Wenger's barren spell with the Gunners stretches back nine years, yet the north London club have kept faith with their French manager.
Mel has the utmost respect for his opposite number, but the former Real Betis boss admits such a poor recent record would not be acceptable at a top Spanish side.
"I don't think Arsene would have survived in Spain," he said. "Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid is a good example. Three months ago he was under real pressure and now they are in the Champions League final.
"In Spain, England and Germany it is always the same, the head coach lives for the results.
"But I'm not surprised Arsene is still in a job as I agree with Arsenal. He has a good philosophy."
Mel believes his side need one more point to effectively secure their top flight safety.
The Spaniard endured a difficult start to life at The Hawthorns after replacing Steve Clarke in January, with victories hard to come by and off-field problems - such as the sale of Shane Long to Hull and the Nicolas Anelka 'Quenelle' saga - exacerbating the situation.
However, victory against West Ham put them on the verge of survival and Mel admits his job is more enjoyable at the moment.
"I enjoy my job and being at West Brom, and the fans," he said. "But January and February were very, very difficult for me, with Long leaving and the Anelka situation and more.
"The most important thing is at the end, though.
"If West Brom stay in the Premier League it is good work. But I want more than safety.
"I'm ambitious and want more. It's not enough. The next season in 17th is not enough. I want more. We want next season to be even better."
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