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  • Date:06 Apr 2013
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:The Hawthorns
  • Attendance:26,144
  • Morrison - pen (70)
  • Rosicky (19) Rosicky (49)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

Olivier Giroud has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

94mins

The offside flag is raised against Romelu Lukaku. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

91mins

Claudio Yacob takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

89mins

Santi Cazorla goes off and Francis Coquelin comes on.

89mins

Effort on goal by Shane Long from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

86mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Ridgewell on Santi Cazorla. Liam Ridgewell is booked. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

84mins

Effort on goal by Romelu Lukaku from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

83mins

Billy Jones fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta receives a caution. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.

81mins

Kieran Gibbs joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tomas Rosicky.

80mins

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Brunt, Close range headed effort by Gareth McAuley misses to the right of the target.

78mins

Billy Jones challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Billy Jones goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.

77mins

Shane Long challenges Nacho Monreal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nacho Monreal takes the direct free kick.

76mins

Romelu Lukaku produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

75mins

Olivier Giroud is ruled offside. Jonas Olsson restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Shane Long is caught offside. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.

73mins

Thomas Vermaelen joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yao Gervinho.

72mins

Markus Rosenberg gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

70mins

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Per Mertesacker. The referee shows Per Mertesacker a red card for professional foul. Penalty taken right-footed by James Morrison and scored. West Brom 1-2 Arsenal.Assist by Shane Long.

70mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by James Morrison. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

69mins

Unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley by Olivier Giroud results in a free kick. Gareth McAuley takes the free kick.

67mins

Chris Brunt takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski. Inswinging corner taken by Markus Rosenberg from the left by-line played to the near post, Close range headed effort by Shane Long clears the crossbar.

67mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.

65mins

Laurent Koscielny challenges Shane Long unfairly and gives away a free kick. Laurent Koscielny goes into the referee's book. Romelu Lukaku shoots direct from the free kick, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.

63mins

Corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla from the left by-line to the near post, Shane Long makes a clearance.

62mins

Romelu Lukaku on for Graham Dorrans. Markus Rosenberg comes on in place of Jerome Thomas.

62mins

Jerome Thomas has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

61mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on James Morrison. James Morrison takes the free kick.

60mins

Santi Cazorla produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

57mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Graham Dorrans, Aaron Ramsey makes a clearance.

52mins

Unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Olivier Giroud results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.

52mins

Left-footed shot by Chris Brunt went over the net.

50mins

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Goal scored by Tomas Rosicky from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. West Brom 0-2 Arsenal.Aaron Ramsey provided the assist for the goal.

48mins

Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Santi Cazorla takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Ben Foster. Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

44mins

Chris Brunt takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Lukasz Fabianski makes a fantastic save.

43mins

Santi Cazorla takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Olivier Giroud produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

43mins

Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.

41mins

James Morrison takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

38mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Santi Cazorla played to the near post.

36mins

Tomas Rosicky concedes a free kick for a foul on James Morrison. Tomas Rosicky receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Strike comes in from Chris Brunt from the free kick.

33mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Laurent Koscielny on James Morrison. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.

31mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud by Jonas Olsson. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

30mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Olivier Giroud. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.

28mins

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster. Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.

28mins

Yao Gervinho challenges Claudio Yacob unfairly and gives away a free kick. Claudio Yacob takes the direct free kick.

26mins

Aaron Ramsey concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerome Thomas. Aaron Ramsey receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.

24mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Billy Jones by Tomas Rosicky. Chris Brunt produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.

23mins

Olivier Giroud concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell. Liam Ridgewell takes the free kick.

23mins

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

20mins

Tomas Rosicky finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. West Brom 0-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Yao Gervinho.

19mins

Bacary Sagna challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.

18mins

Shane Long is caught offside. Laurent Koscielny restarts play with the free kick.

17mins

Shane Long has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

12mins

Corner taken by Chris Brunt played to the near post, Claudio Yacob takes a shot. Blocked by Tomas Rosicky. Shot on goal by Claudio Yacob from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

11mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans from the left by-line to the near post, Per Mertesacker makes a clearance.

9mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Shane Long. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

8mins

Nacho Monreal produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

5mins

The offside flag is raised against Billy Jones. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.

3mins

Unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky by Claudio Yacob results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.

1mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Shane Long. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

Match Preview

Clarke wants Baggies to look ahead Steve Clarke has stressed the importance of West Brom not standing still and the head coach is already planning to improve the squad for next season. The Baggies have banished their reputation of being a yo-yo club between the top two divisions by guaranteeing a fourth successive campaign of Barclays Premier League football. But Clarke knows eighth-placed Albion have to continue to look to strengthen ahead of the encounter with Arsenal at the Hawthorns. He said: "We have been thinking about next season's plans since September last year. It's something we're always looking and thinking about, how we can improve what we have. "We would like to think that's going to continue, but if you stand still in the Premier League, other teams come charging past you. "It's important we don't stand still, it's important we look to improve the squad we have and give the players we've got a bit of help for next season. "That's something we will endeavour to do between now and the kick-off of next season. "Whether they are resolved early in the summer transfer window or whether we have to wait until July-August time, only time will tell." An experienced football man, Clarke knows how the game works at the top level. And, as a result, he believes Arsenal's current run without a trophy is just part of football's cycle of different teams enjoying periods of success. He said: "Normal cycles are where you have periods at the top and then you have periods of not being at the top. "At the moment, Chelsea aren't at the top either. They have slipped a couple of places down. "It's just the way it is in football that, at different times, different clubs will be up there challenging and being the main one or two. "Normally the Premier League boils down to two teams at the end of the season. "This year it has boiled down to one (Manchester United) which is unusual and not so good for the competition, I don't think." Baggies midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will start a three-game ban for his sending-off at West Ham but Clarke has a ready-made replacement in James Morrison who has recovered from a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Nacho Monreal has revealed manager Arsene Wenger has given him an abundance of self-confidence since signing for Arsenal. Wenger paid around #8.5million to bring the Malaga left-back to the Emirates in January and the 27-year-old has impressed in his short time at the club. The Spain international has praised Wenger's positivity for helping him adapt to the Barclays Premier League. "Since I've been here the manager has given me a lot of confidence and he's been starting me," he told Arsenal Player. "This has been very important for me because it helps a lot to feel that the manager has faith in me, especially as I've just arrived. This in turn this leads to good performances. "Everything has been challenging in different amounts, because the league is completely different to La Liga. Coming here and not speaking the language, being unable to communicate with my team-mates, is one of many difficult situations that is making me grow as a person and as a player." Monreal spent two years at Malaga after establishing himself at Osasuna and his move to north London represents a first venture into club football away from Spain. "It has been tough adapting to the type of football played here in England as the players are a lot more physical," he added. "There's also a different style of play, as I've said before there's an emphasis on reaching your opponent's goal as quickly as possible. I've been here two months now and little by little I am adapting to this style of play. I am happy to be here. "The worst change for me is the difference between a very hot town in the south of Spain and the freezing cold weather over here." Monreal has overcome a knee injury and is likely to retain his place in Wenger's starting line-up. England duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott both have an outside chance of being fit for the Hawthorns clash.

Formation:4231Manager: Steve Clarke

West Brom

Formation: 4321Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Ben Foster
  • Billy Jones
  • Gareth McAuley
  • Jonas Olsson
  • Liam Ridgewell
  • Claudio Yacob
  • Chris Brunt
  • Graham Dorrans
  • James Morrison
  • Jerome Thomas
  • Shane Long
  • SUBS
  • Boaz Myhill
  • Goran Popov
  • Markus Rosenberg
  • Romelu Lukaku
  • Gabriel Tamas
  • Marc-Antoine Fortune
  • Isaiah Brown

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Match Report

West Brom 1-2 Arsenal: Match Report - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game as it happened.


Rosicky brace sees off Baggies

Tomas Rosicky's double earned 10-man Arsenal a 2-1 victory over West Brom - their sixth win in the past seven Barclays Premier League games - and increased the pressure on Chelsea and Tottenham in the battle for a Champions League spot.

Rosicky broke the deadlock at the Hawthorns with his first league goal of the campaign and then added a second early in the second period.

West Brom midfielder James Morrison reduced the arrears from the penalty spot after Per Mertesacker was red carded for bringing down Shane Long but the Gunners held on to claim the three points.

Victory enabled Arsene Wenger's side to climb above Chelsea into fourth spot and they are now only a point behind Spurs with their two main rivals both in action tomorrow.

Arsenal were worthy winners despite the continued absence of injured duo Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott and have the momentum - and no European distractions unlike their main competitors - entering the final phase of the season.

Rosicky's overall contribution was impressive but there were also key performances from Santi Cazorla and skipper Mikel Arteta.

Albion only came to life after the introduction of substitute striker Romelu Lukaku and Mertesacker's red card but they are comfortably placed in mid-table.

Arsenal needed a goal-line clearance from Rosicky to prevent Albion taking the lead after 12 minutes. Chris Brunt's corner picked out Claudio Yacob's run to the near post and his glancing header beat Lukasz Fabianski only for Rosicky to head away.

The Gunners did not look convincing at the back and Long created an opening from himself after cutting inside but he failed to hit the target.

But after 20 minutes Arsenal broke the deadlock through Rosicky's first Premier League goal of the campaign. Arteta's long pass was seized upon by Gervinho who turned past Gareth McAuley before crossing for Rosicky who headed home at close range.

West Brom tried to retaliate and Fabianski went down at the foot of a post to smother a Chris Brunt free-kick.

But Arsenal were dominating the game and Gervinho extended Foster with a low shot on the turn.

Aaron Ramsey became the first player to be yellow carded for a challenge on the recalled Jerome Thomas and then Rosicky was booked for a late tackle on James Morrison.

Ramsey should have doubled Arsenal's lead two minutes before half-time but he poked the ball wide of the far post after good play by Giroud and Cazorla.

The second half continued in the same vein and Foster blocked a shot from the overlapping Bacary Sagna after being teed up by Gervinho.

After 51 minutes Rosicky doubled Arsenal's lead with his second goal of the game.

Ramsey's pass was volleyed by Rosicky with plenty of power and Foster was unable to hold the shot. Rosicky was the first to react to the rebound and made no mistake from eight yards out.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke responded by bringing on strikers Lukaku and Markus Rosenberg in place of Graham Dorrans and Jerome Thomas respectively.

Koscielny was booked for bringing down Long but the Gunners were in control of the game and Lukaku's weak free-kick straight at Fabianski summed up Albion's performance.

There was a rare moment of danger for the Gunners when Fabianski blocked Brunt's near-post effort.

Albion were given a lifeline after 71 minutes when last defender Mertesacker was sent off for bringing down Long in the box and the resulting spot-kick was converted by Morrison.

Wenger took off Gervinho and brought on Thomas Vermaelen to replace Mertesacker.

Albion came close to levelling was when McAuley headed just wide from a Brunt corner. Lukaku curled a shot just wide and Long fired over the bar but Arsenal held on.

Form Guide

    WWLWDL
  • West Brom
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • WWWLWW

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 08/12/2012
  • West Brom
  • 2 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 13/05/2012
  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • West Brom
  • 05/11/2011
  • West Brom
  • 2 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 19/03/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 3
  • West Brom
  • 25/09/2010
  • West Brom
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 03/03/2009

Top Scorers

West Brom

  • R Lukaku 11
  • S Long 6
  • Z Gera 4
  • PO Odemwingie 4
  • J Morrison 3
  • G McAuley 2
  • C Brunt 2
  • M Fortune 1
  • Y Mulumbu 1

Arsenal

  • SG Cazorla 12
  • T Walcott 11
  • O Giroud 10
  • L Podolski 8
  • YK Gervinho 5
  • P Mertesacker 2
  • M Arteta 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • NE Monreal 1
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain 1

Goals

West Brom

    • Total goals 82
    • Goals per game 41
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 9 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 9 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 100
    • Goals per game 59
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 8 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 11 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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