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Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post.
Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Nicky Shorey gets a block in.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri, save by Scott Carson.
Gael Clichy takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
Shot by Jack Wilshere from outside the box goes over the target.
Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball, Shot by Bacary Sagna from 12 yards. Scott Carson makes a save.
Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Chris Brunt makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Youssouf Mulumbu. Samir Nasri crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Centre by Gael Clichy, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
Gael Clichy produces a cross, Jack Wilshere takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line to the near post, Robin van Persie produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Bacary Sagna gets a block in.
Samir Nasri receives a yellow card.
The ball is swung over by Jack Wilshere, clearance made by Abdoulaye Meite.
Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. Indirect free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Laurent Koscielny. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
A goal is scored by Robin van Persie from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 2-2 Arsenal.
A cross is delivered by Marek Cech, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
The ball is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Marc-Antoine Fortune.
Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on in place of Peter Odemwingie.
The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy.
The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna.
Peter Odemwingie is caught offside. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Robin van Persie.
Andrey Arshavin finds the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. West Brom 2-1 Arsenal.Assist by Marouane Chamakh.
Bacary Sagna fouled by Marek Cech, the ref awards a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.
Robin van Persie sends in a cross, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Steven Reid gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by James Morrison results in a free kick. Robin van Persie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Andrey Arshavin challenges Steven Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Steven Reid.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Reid on Jack Wilshere. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
Marouane Chamakh challenges Jonas Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
Caution for Laurent Koscielny. Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Brunt from right wing, clearance by Peter Odemwingie.
The ball is crossed by Marouane Chamakh, save by Scott Carson.
Peter Odemwingie grabs a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 2-0 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Steven Reid.
Nicklas Bendtner is brought on as a substitute for Aaron Ramsey.
The ball is delivered by Jack Wilshere, Headed effort from inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the right of the goal.
Gael Clichy sends in a cross, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Robin van Persie on Abdoulaye Meite. Indirect free kick taken by Scott Carson.
The ball is swung over by Marek Cech, Shot from close range by Chris Brunt misses to the right of the target.
Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, clearance made by Steven Reid.
Nicky Shorey is adjudged to have handled the ball. Robin van Persie delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
Bacary Sagna crosses the ball.
Gael Clichy sends in a cross, clearance by Jerome Thomas.
Shot from outside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the target.
Gael Clichy delivers the ball.
Nicky Shorey sends in a cross, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
The referee blows for offside. Gael Clichy takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Reid.
The referee blows for offside against Samir Nasri. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
Neves Denilson is cautioned. Neves Denilson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt, save by Manuel Almunia.
The ball is crossed by James Morrison, save by Manuel Almunia.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Aaron Ramsey. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri, save by Scott Carson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Bacary Sagna on Jerome Thomas. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Paul Scharner on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, Abdoulaye Meite manages to make a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Abdoulaye Meite.
The ball is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Abdoulaye Meite makes a clearance.
Jack Wilshere has an effort at goal. Save by Scott Carson.
The ball is crossed by Gael Clichy, Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
Robin van Persie sends in a cross, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Neves Denilson from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Volleyed left-footed shot by Aaron Ramsey. Save made by Scott Carson.
The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy, Robin van Persie takes a shot.
Samir Nasri sends in a cross, clearance made by Abdoulaye Meite.
Gael Clichy produces a cross, Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
Peter Odemwingie is caught offside. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.
Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Abdoulaye Meite.
Abdoulaye Meite is given a yellow card. The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Indirect free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
The ball is delivered by Samir Nasri, clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Paul Scharner concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrey Arshavin. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Aaron Ramsey. Free kick taken by Scott Carson.
The ball is sent over by Robin van Persie, Abdoulaye Meite makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Jerome Thomas.
Jerome Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Gael Clichy takes the indirect free kick.
Steven Reid scores a headed goal from inside the penalty area. West Brom 1-0 Arsenal.Chris Brunt takes the outswinging corner, assist on the goal came from Chris Brunt.
The offside flag is raised against Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Hodgson enjoying basement battle
Roy Hodgson is enjoying fighting against relegation with West Brom more than he ever did trying to make an impact with Liverpool at the other end of the Barclays Premier League table.
The Baggies go into their clash with Arsenal at the Hawthorns just one point above the drop zone.
Hodgson has enjoyed a positive start to his reign at Albion, winning one and drawing three of his first four games since taking over from Roberto Di Matteo.
His side will have their work cut out to continue that unbeaten run for the next month, with matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham to come in the coming weeks.
But the former Fulham boss is relishing the battle to beat the drop.
"I suppose the truthful answer would be yes, I'm enjoying it more now (than he did at Anfield) because no-one likes to be in a situation where the work you're doing is not appreciated," said Hodgson, who left Liverpool in January after a forgettable six months in charge.
"It's nice to be here where the work I'm doing is appreciated.
"But I've also got a sneaking suspicion that some of the work I did at Liverpool was appreciated by certain people."
West Brom go into their clash with Arsenal in the rare position of looking to complete a double over Arsene Wenger's men following their 3-2 win at the Emirates earlier in the campaign.
If that was a low point in the Gunners' season, the past few weeks have hardly gone to plan as, from fighting for trophies on four fronts, they have lost the Carling Cup final to Birmingham and been knocked out of the Champions League by Barcelona and the FA Cup by Manchester United.
Whether now is a good time to play them, or anything but, is open to debate.
"We don't think about whether they are wounded or not wounded, whether the results they have had have improved their play or made them weaker," said Hodgson.
"We just look at them as the very, very good team that they are.
"When you draw Barcelona in the Champions League, I don't care who you are, there's a risk you might not win the tie. And when you're drawn away to Manchester United in a cup game there's a risk you won't win that one either.
"I don't think those matches will affect at all the fact they are a very good team with very good players."
The only chance of silverware now left for Arsenal, who have not lifted a trophy since 2005, is the Premier League, but Hodgson rejects the idea Wenger has to win something this season.
"Of course I don't subscribe to that theory," he said. "I'm a football coach, I'm a football manager. Only one team can win the league.
"But if I was an Arsenal fan and I had had the chance to watch the football teams he's put together I'd be more than happy. So not only do I not subscribe to it but I find it offensive that it should be suggested."
West Brom are sweating on fitness of midfielder Chris Brunt ahead of the clash.
Brunt is suffering from a fever but Hodgson is hopeful he will recover in time, while Youssouf Mulumbu is fit to play after shaking off a muscle problem.
Graham Dorrans is definitely out with an ankle injury, while on-loan striker Carlos Vela is not eligible to face his parent club.
Jens Lehmann hopes some of his 'Invincibles' aura can rub off on Arsenal's young squad as they look to finish the season on a high by finally landing the Premier League title.
The 41-year-old has rejoined his old club on a short-term monthly rolling contract to aid an injury crisis after Wojciech Szczesny joined Lukasz Fabianski and Vito Mannone in the treatment room.
Lehmann is set to provide experienced back-up to Manuel Almunia, whom he duelled for the number one jersey before leaving in 2008, and will be on the bench at West Brom.
The former German international certainly brings plenty of kudos with him - having played in every one of Arsenal's 38-match unbeaten run to the title in 2003/2004 as well as lifting the 2005 FA Cup and helping the team reach the Champions League final in the following season, where he was famously sent off after just 18 minutes.
"I have got that - in terms of experience, I am still good, so I need to give that onto the young lads," Lehmann told Arsenal TV Online.
"I hope we will be successful in getting the trophy, to give that extra bit of conviction to the players - that is why I am here and why the boss has asked me to come."
Gunners lose ground in title race
Arsenal's title challenge suffered a blow as their late rally was only enough to secure a 2-2 draw at West Brom.
Albion were 2-0 up just before the hour mark when Peter Odemwingie capitalised on a mix-up between Manuel Almunia and Sebastien Squillaci to add to Steven Reid's early header.
The Gunners staged a comeback with goals in the 70th minute from Andrey Arshavin and 78th from Robin van Persie, but they could not find a winner and are now five points behind Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United, who beat Bolton 1-0.
The Baggies, meanwhile, are a point above the relegation zone in 16th place as they were at the start of the day.
Arsene Wenger's team were in need of a lift following their Carling Cup final defeat and elimination from the Champions League and FA Cup over the last few weeks, but they made the worst possible start as West Brom took the lead after only three minutes.
Albion skipper Chris Brunt swung in a corner and Reid was allowed the space to jump and crash a header beyond Almunia for his first Premier League goal for nearly five years.
Aaron Ramsey - who was starting a game for the Gunners for the first time since breaking his leg last season - appeared to be the main culprit in failing to mark Reid as Arsenal's defensive frailties were laid bare.
Moments later Jerome Thomas won the ball and broke forward, sending in a dangerous delivery that just evaded Odemwingie.
The visitors started to gain more possession but were struggling to get a proper foothold and the game was temporarily halted after 20 minutes when Laurent Koscielny clashed heads with James Morrison, the latter having to come off for treatment.
While Morrison was off the pitch Arsenal showed some threatening signs, with only the head of Jonas Olsson preventing Ramsey getting on the end of a Gael Clichy cross.
Arsenal should have then equalised when Van Persie's header came back off the bar.
The ball dropped to Ramsey right in front of goal, but the Wales midfielder could only strike it straight at Scott Carson.
As Morrison returned with a bandage around his head the Gunners continued to press, Samir Nasri seeing a cross come off the legs of Abdoulaye Meite towards goal but Carson was able to avert the danger.
Van Persie tried his luck just before the break but his shot was off-target.
There was a substitution for each side at half-time as Albion boss Roy Hodgson brought on Marek Cech for Paul Scharner, who had also taken a knock to the head, and Wenger introduced Marouane Chamakh in place of Denilson in an attempt to give his side more attacking impetus.
Chamakh soon sent a header goalwards but it did not trouble Carson and within minutes, the Baggies were almost 2-0 in front as Brunt slid in to meet Cech's cross, the captain just poking it the wrong side of the post.
Wenger bolstered his forward line again with Nicklas Bendtner coming on for Ramsey, but just seconds later West Brom did score again - thanks in no small part to Almunia.
The Spanish goalkeeper came charging out of his box when Youssouf Mulumbu launched a long ball forward but completely misjudged it before getting in a tangle with Squillaci and Odemwingie gleefully slotted into the net.
The watching Jens Lehmann, back on the Arsenal bench after rejoining the club on a rolling monthly contract earlier in the week, looked less than impressed.
When Koscielny picked up a booking for a hefty challenge on Odemwingie and Van Persie blazed a free-kick over the bar, the Gunners seemed to be fading, but a slick move saw them suddenly pull a goal back through Arshavin, who played a one-two with Chamakh before turning and rifling a shot beyond Carson.
Marc-Antoine Fortune came on for Odemwingie but Arsenal began pouring forward and eight minutes after Arshavin's strike they found a leveller, with the Russian again the catalyst.
His looping cross hit the post and Meite was unable to deal with the rebound before Van Persie bundled it over the line.
Arsenal now looked the more likely winners, but Fortune went close at the other end, cutting into the box and seeing his shot deflect wide.
Play switched once more and the Gunners sent a succession of balls into the West Brom box, but there was no way through.
Jack Wilshere shot over the bar and Carson saved from Clichy at the death as Albion hung on for a vital point.
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