Arsenal 2 – 0 West Bromwich Albion. Finally. by KJ
It’s been quite a bit of time since we’ve won at the Emirates in the league (the 5-2 win against Tottenham was our last) but we’ve finally got the much needed win today. It was fortunate to say the least but we aren’t really going to complain about it considering the luck the likes of Man Utd get.
We started out pretty well and piled on the pressure. Gervinho was very impressive attacking but his final ball like usual was terrible. He really is a handful for the opponents but he constantly lets himself down with his final product.
Eventually, the pressure paid off with a penalty awarded to us in the middle of the first half. It was very fortunate as Cazorla did dive. It’s a shame that he resorted to that but I’m not too angry as it’s a massive part of the English game now that is instigated by the British contingence (Bale, Young, Rooney etc.). However, the media won’t ever concede that fact. Arteta as our penalty taker stood at the spot and took it comfortably to give us the lead. 1-0.
We dominated after that and never really were troubled by West Brom in the first half. We dominated possession and used it in effective areas. However, Giroud was disappointing as he yet again proved his lack of ability on the ball. He doesn’t open up the game enough for me when attacking and this forces the likes of Gervinho and Chamberlain to overcomplicate their play to get into the box.
The only other notable chance of the half was a well drilled Gervinho cross that should’ve been scored by Wilshere but he managed to hit it wide.
The second half started and it was more of the same. We were dominating possession and the chances. It was a lot more purposeful than the last few games which was definitely a positive.
Eventually, we were awarded a second penalty in bizarre circumstances. From where I was standing, it looked like Chamberlain fouled one of their players to get the ball on the edge of the box but was allowed to carry on before being hacked down inside the box forcing the referee to rightfully award us the second penalty of the afternoon. Arteta again took it and dispatched it for our second goal. 2-0.
West Brom finally got into gear and threatened our goal but it was nothing we couldn’t handle. Eventually the game finished with us the winners, but Podolski also managed to miss an extremely easy chance. I was just in awe… How did he miss that?
It was a very good game for the likes of Wilshere and Chamberlain. They were both brilliant. Wilshere was a lot more direct and risky with his passing; he was being responsible (which is astonishing for a 20 year old). Chamberlain similarly was very direct but he finally has learnt to stick on the wings rather than moving to the middle. It was a problem in previous games as he couldn’t take people on – something he is brilliant at.
It’s a very good result that should hopefully start a good run for us. I’m not fully convinced as we should’ve won the game 4 or 5 nil. We were slightly lucky as two referee decisions went for us.
I wanted to see more from Giroud. He really has been disappointing in my opinion. He needs to be doing more to score goals. I’m not questioning his commitment but more his abilities. I just can’t see how he’ll be the 25 goals plus striker that every top team needs.
Anyway, very happy with the win and I can’t wait for us to hopefully beat Bradford on Tuesday. Maybe we can still make something of this season yet!