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West Bromwich Albion - Arsenal
Premier League - 18 March 2017
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That is that. West Brom win 3-1, and the 'Wenger Out' banners are out in force. That is six defeats from nine games in all competitions for Arsenal. Those wins were against Hull in the league, and Sutton and Lincoln in the FA Cup.
Craig Dawson is named man-of-the-match, though I personally would have given it to Livermore. Three minutes of added-on time.
- OffNacer ChadliWest Bromwich Albion
- OnSam FieldWest Bromwich Albion
18-year-old Sam Field replaces Chadli for the Baggies. Three or four anti-Wenger banners are being held up from the Arsenal end.
Livermore blocks a shot from Ramsey on the edge of the box. Mustafi sees his follow-up cross from the right sail out of play.
Oxlade-Chamberlain holds his head after overhitting a pass to Monreal into the area.
Koscielny heads clear Fletcher's cross from the left under pressure from Robson-Kanu.
Oles from the Hawthorns crowd as West Brom play keepball.
The ref ignores a Robson-Kanu handball, but Mustafi clears McClean's cross from the left. Ramsey then concedes a free-kick down the left, but McClean's set-piece is poor.
Bellerin tries to control the ball in the WBA box, but there are four Baggies' defenders around him. McClean then does well to hold the ball up on the counter attack.
Ramsey is unable to get a clear connection on Mustafi's cross from the right, and Foster can catch easily.
- OffAlexis SánchezArsenal
- OnAlex IwobiArsenal
Sanchez, who has been hacked out of the game all afternoon, is replaced by Alex Iwobi.
Foster is across to punch clear a Arsenal corner.
- OffChris BruntWest Bromwich Albion
- OnClaudio YacobWest Bromwich Albion
Not a great time for a computer glitch. You also missed Brunt coming off and Claudio Yacob on.
- GoalCraig DawsonWest Bromwich Albion
GOAL: West Brom 3-1 Arsenal. Another set-piece, another goal for Dawson, this time from McClean's corner! But Oxlade-Chamberlain's marking was awful, he got drawn into the run by McAuley and left Dawson.
Xhaka's free-kick is straight into the wall. Swarbrick ignores Ramsey's call for a Livermore handball in the wall.
Brunt fouls Welbeck on the edge of the area, and Arsenal have a free-kick 20 yards out on the right of the WBA box.
CHANCE: On the breakway, Ospina clears from Robson-Kanu from Brunt's brilliant pass down the left. Mustafi then clears the follow-up effort off the line from Chadli.
HITS THE WOODWORK: Xhaka's corner from the right is met by Welbeck, but it rattles against the crossbar and West Brom can clear.
- OffTheo WalcottArsenal
- OnOlivier GiroudArsenal
That is Walcott's last contribution of the afternoon - he is replaced by Giroud.
Nyom oujumps Walcott to clear Sanchez's cross to the far post. Nyom then concedes a corner down the right.
Evans heads clear a whipped-in cross from the left by Sanchez.
West Brom are trying to slow the game down now. Wenger has called for Giroud to warm up.
Robson-Kanu had been on the pitch just 75 seconds before scoring, with just his second touch of the ball.
TV pictures show a furious Wenger complaining to fourth official Kevin Friend after the goal. But I think the officials got that right - McClean seemed level when he received the ball from Chadli.
McClean may well have been offside when he ran on to Chadli's pass, but he was not interfering with play in second-phase possession when Robson-Kanu netted.
- GoalHal Robson-KanuWest Bromwich Albion
GOAL: West Brom 2-1 Arsenal. Robson-Kanu prods home after Ospina can only half clear a header into the box by McClean, although Arsenal are furious as they think the Irishman is in an offside position when the ball rolls into the net.
Arsenal have had 79% possession in the second half.
- OffSalomón RondónWest Bromwich Albion
- OnHal Robson-KanuWest Bromwich Albion
Nyom clears the Xhaka corner under pressure from Walcott. Rondon, now goalless in 14 matches, is replaced by Hal Robson-Kanu, his 22nd appearance from the bench this season.
Livermore blocks a Bellerin cross on the touchline following a one-two between Bellerin and Sanchez.
Monreal goes under from a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge by Dawson. No penalty, says referee Swarbrick.
CHANCE: WBA clear the short corner, and on the counter attack, Rondon heads Brunt's inch-perfect cross from the right just wide of goal.
Walcott takes the ball down with his chest, and McAuley puts the ball out for a corner under pressure from Ramsey.
Ramsey finds Bellerin, then the ball ends up out on the Arsenal left. Mustafi joins the attack, then Livermore clears Bellerin's cross.
Sanchez fouls Dawson - the Chilean says to ref Swarbrick that the first foul was made by the WBA defender. He gets little sympathy from the match official.
- 2nd Half
West Brom kick off the second half, and the good news for the away fans is that Sanchez is fit enough to appear for the second 45 minutes.
- End of 1st Half
Referee Swarbrick blows the whistle on an excellent opening 45 minutes at the Hawthorns. It is WBA 1-1 Arsenal.
Evans steps out of defence and finds McClean, but his cross is headed clear by Mustafi.
Nyom clears as Ramsey's ball fails to find Walcott. Xhaka then overhits a wall pass to Sanchez, who does not appreciate being asked to run at pace.
Three minutes of additional time - Sanchez is running very gingerly out on the left.
Bellerin misses the header chasing down a high ball from Evans, but McClean slips just as he looks to take advantage.
Sanchez is coming off the field, but he looks like he will continue.
- Yellow cardJames McCleanWest Bromwich Albion
McClean takes out Sanchez, the ref plays an advantage but Xhaka decides to put the ball out of play. Swarbrick then shows the yellow card to the Ireland international.
Xhaka eventually loses patience, but his shot from 25 yards out is well wide of Foster's goal.
Plenty of keepball from Arsenal 30 yards out, but WBA's 4-5-1 is very difficult to break down.
Mustafi mistimes a pass down the right and the ball runs out for a goal-kick, to the cheers of the home fans.
- OffPetr CechArsenal
- OnDavid OspinaArsenal
A hamstring injury usually means a month on the sidelines - will Cech miss the FA Cup final against Manchester City at the end of April? On come Ospina
Cech falls to the floor, pointing to an injured hamstring, and will be replaced by David Ospina.
Dawson's low cross from the right is just beyond McClean. More good build-up play by Livermore as well, as West Brom recycle Chadli's cleared corner.
SAVE: Cech makes a fine one-handed save to keep out Fletcher's shot across goal from Livermore's inch-perfect pass.
SAVE: Foster makes a great save low to his left from Ramsey's shot, following good work by Sanchez, and Nyom can clear at the second attempt under pressure from Walcott.
Oxlade-Chamberlain almost finds Walcott with a 35-yard outside of the foot pass, but Foster is alert to the danger.
CHANCE: Dawson finds Chadli after Monreal is caught way out of position, and finds Rondon, who pulls his shot just wide.
12 of Alexis' 18 PL goals this season have come away from the Emirates Stadium.
Livermore angles a cross in from the right flank, but over any West Brom team-mate and Arsenal have the goal kick.
McClean wins the ball from a sloppy and weak Walcott, but his cross is over Rondon and Fletcher at the far post.
Ramsey clears away the corner at the edge of the six-yard box. Sanchez is fouled by Rondon as Arsenal attempt to counter attack.
Koscielny gets in front of Chadli to concede a corner down the right, which Brunt will take.
Welbeck is blocked by Dawson as he chases a pass on the left. That again was a clear foul ignored by referee Swarbrick.
There were just 2mins 45 secs between Dawson's opener and Sanchez's equaliser, his 18th PL goal of the campaign.
Swarbrick is having a word with Sanchez for his continual moaning. That is harsh, as Livermore had a little hack at the Chilean and that should have been a foul.
McAuley is very nearly caught in possession by Walcott. Fletcher clears, and Koscielny steps up to make Rondon offside.
Oxlade-Chamberlain sets free Monreal down the left, Bellerin clatters into Nyom at the far post and concedes the free-kick.
West Brom easily clear Oxlade-Chamberlain's hopeful chipped free-kick into the area.
McAuley catches Sanchez in midfield, and Sanchez moans at the referee at his treatment. No yellow card for the Irishman, though.
Livermore hacks clear a hopeful header into the box by Walcott.
- GoalAlexis SánchezArsenal
GOAL: West Brom 1-1 Arsenal. Sanchez nets his 22nd of the season, as he chests down Xhaka's pass and drills home beyond Foster and into the roof of the net.
Dawson gets free down the right but his cross is just too high for Rondon.
- GoalCraig DawsonWest Bromwich Albion
GOAL: West Brom 1-0 Arsenal. Chadli's corner is flicked home by Craig Dawson, his second PL goal of the season. That is 20 goals from set-pieces for the Baggies this season.
Brunt finds McClean with a threaded pass down the left, and the Ireland international forces a save and a corner off Cech.
Pulis is unhappy and moaning at the referee after he gives a throw to Arsenal. Ref Swarbrick is put right by his assistant, and the Baggies have the throw. Pulis is now all smiles!
Koscielny overhits a pass to Welbeck and he can only concede a throw as he chases down the ball.
McClean's header at the far post from Chadli's cross is weak and easily saved by Cech.
McClean robs the ball off Oxlade-Chamberlain with a hefty challenge, the ball comes to Dawson down the right and it is Sanchez who makes the challenge in the left-back position.
Brunt overhits a pass down the right as he tries to find McClean. Monreal then breaks down the left but Evans clears the low cross to the near post.
Nyom runs 30 yards to get into the Arsenal box after intercepting a pass meant for Walcott, but he cannot find Rondon and Fletcher in the area.
Livermore is dispossessed on the edge of the box, and Arsenal can build again down the left.
Xhaka spreads the ball out to Sanchez, who controls brilliantly but Fletcher can clear on the edge of the area.
Welbeck is dispossessed on the edge of the area and Brunt can complete the clearance. Welbeck is playing through the middle, with Sanchez seemingly starting on the left.
- 1st Half
Referee Neil Swarbrick blows for kick off, and Arsenal start the game from right to left. West Brom are attacking the Smethwick End which houses the Gunners' fans.
The teams are coming out of the tunnel now. The Baggies are in their usual blue and white striped shirts and white shorts, Arsenal are in their away kit of yellow shirts and black shorts.
Arsenal have scored in all 21 of their Premier League meetings with West Brom. Surprisingly, Arsenal have scored a league-high 13 goals from headers this season.
Tony Pulis has only lost one of his six previous Premier League home games against Arsenal, but he has won only one of his last nine Premier League matches against the Gunners, in last season's 2-1 win over the North Londoners at the Hawthorns.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is wary of West Brom's threat from set-pieces, with the Baggies netting 19 of their Premier League 36 goals this season from corners, free-kicks or from the penalty spot. "They score more goals than anybody else on set pieces. They have done very well in midfield and up front," he said. "They have [Hal] Robson-Kanu and [Salomon] Rondon who have done very well for them. They are equipped to deal with the Prem."
"The most important thing is that we get that mentality into the players and into everyone around the football club that we want to get more points, that we want to push on," Pulis said. "My aim is to get a team that can stay in the top 12 every year and get to cup finals. You've got to have that strong mentality and desire to do that."
West Brom head coach Tony Pulis is keen to ensure his players keep their focus after reaching the universally-accepted mark of Premier League safety so early in the season. Since hitting 40 points with a 2-1 win over Bournemouth on 25 February, the Baggies have failed to score in back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Everton.
Baggies' midfielder James Morrison misses the game with an ankle injury, while winger Matt Phillips has not recovered from the hamstring injury that has sidelined for the last three games.
ARSENAL: Cech, Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xhaka, Walcott, Ramsey, Welbeck, Sanchez...Subs: Mertesacker, Gabriel, Giroud, Ospina, Iwobi, Coquelin, Elneny.///WEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom, Fletcher, Livermore, Brunt, Chadli, McClean, Rondon. Subs: Olsson, Robson-Kanu, Yacob, Marc Wilson, Myhill, Leko, Field.
Mohamed Elneny starts on the bench for Arsenal after making a quicker than expected recovery from an ankle injury, as does Alex Iwobi after illness, but Lucas Perez and Mesut Ozil are missing with a thigh and hamstring strain respectively.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has made two changes to the side that started last Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park. Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon, a second-half substitute at Everton, starts up front in place of Hal Robson-Kanu as he looks to break a 13-game goal drought. Chris Brunt comes in for Claudio Yacob in midfield for the Baggies.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has made two changes to the side that started last Saturday's 5-0 FA Cup quarter-final win over Lincoln at the Emirates Stadium. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has recovered from a hamstring problem that forced him out of last weekend's win over the National League leaders with a hamstring problem. Danny Welbeck starts after illness, replacing Olivier Giroud, while Nachro Monreal comes in for Kieran Gibbs.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary from the Premier League fixture between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal. This is Nick Royle (@nickaroyle) taking you through all the action from the Hawthorns.