A Win Is A Win: West Brom 0 – 1 Arsenal – Report & Player Ratings

Final Score
West Brom 0 – 1 Arsenal

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After a convincing win against Dortmund, Arsenal travelled North to face West Brom. Three points were needed in order to kickstart Arsenal’s domestic comeback.

The first half was a bit of bore to be frank.

Cazorla was pulling the strings, but the chances weren’t falling as nicely as Arsenal would have wanted. Welbeck and Ramsey were having efforts, but it was a pretty glat performance overall.

Both Arsenal and West Brom looked far more lively in the second half though. The game definitely started to flow a little more.

“Cazorla continued to look good going forward, and it was the little Spaniard who managed to create Arsenal’s opener…”

Cazorla continued to look good going forward, and it was the little Spaniard who managed to create Arsenal’s opener. He skipped down the left wing and floated a great cross into Danny Welbeck. Danny leaped high and headed hard at Foster, who couldn’t keep the ball out. A well worked goal

Typically though, Arsenal didn’t use the goal to spur themselves on and dominate properly. Instead they started looking vulnerable, allowing West Brom into the game.

The Baggies had their chances, but Arsenal’s backline were holding on. Mertesacker made blocks, Martinez gathered crossed ant the crossbar had to make a save.

“Arsenal were looking seriously uncomfortable…”

West Brom intensified their attacks in the final minutes, and Arsenal were looking seriously uncomfortable. Thankfully though, The Gunners held on.

It wasn’t pretty, but it was a hard-earned three points.

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Arsenal Player Ratings

Martinez: [7/10]

Didn’t have many saves to make, but he dealt with crosses very well.

Chambers: [6.5/10]

Defended well and got forward quite a bit too.

Mertesacker: [6.5/10] 

Made some good blocks today and read the game well. Had a shot go horribly wide in the second half.

Monreal: [6/10] 

Did well up until his injury. Replaced by Gibbs early on.

Koscilenys: [6/10]

Did okay overall, but he was playing too deep at times, and played Berahino onside in the second half, leading to a one-on-one. Linesman thankfully flagged, incorrectly.

Ramsey: [5.5/10]

Still struggling. His shooting boots are missing, and he’s making bad decisions too.

Flamini: [6/10] 

Not an awful performance, but hardly the best.

Cazorla: [8/10] – MOTM

Two great performances in a row now. Santi was pulling strings all game, and crossed brilliantly for Welbeck’s goal.

Welbeck: [7.5/10] 

Switched from left to right and worked hard at times. An excellent headed goal.

Sanchez: [6.5/10] 

Worked hard, but lost the ball many times and failed to make his usual impact.

Giroud: [6.5/10]

Not bad for his first start in months. He battled aerially and linked with Welbeck quite well at times.

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Substitutes

Gibbs: [6.5/10]
Replaced Monreal and did well. Put in one great cross which was defended well.

The Ox [N/A]

A Win Is A Win

This one wasn’t exactly inspiring, but a win is a win.

The game against Dortmund restored some of my faith in the team because the win was accompanied by a great performance. Today’s win though, was accompanied by nothing.

In fact, West Brom very nearly equalised on a few occasions. It wasn’t a pleasant watch. But, the three points were ours in the end. Our squad isn’t at its strongest, and I think many players aren’t mentally firing on all cylinders.

Baby steps, I guess. But baby steps in the right direction.

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