Tierney K. (23′)
Saka B. (28′)
Lacazette A. (60′, 64′)
Ball Possession: 38% – 62%
Goal Attempts: 7 – 21
Shots on Goal: 3 – 12
Shots off Goal: 3 – 7
Blocked Shots: 1 – 2
Free Kicks: 6 – 10
Corner Kicks: 3 – 5
Offsides: 3 – 2
Goalkeeper Saves: 8 – 3
Fouls: 7 – 4
Red Cards: 0 – 0
Yellow Cards: 1 – 2
Total Passes: 374 – 623
Tackles: 13 – 14
Attacks: 133 – 120
Dangerous Attacks: 51 – 66
Arsenal traveled to West Brom with the hope of 3 wins out of 3 after what seems to be a resurgence in good fortunes towards the end of 2020.
Arsenal started the game with full confidence from in-form golden boy Saka and E.S Rowe attacking with superb confidence.
In the early stages, Bellerin and Saka tested West Brom Goalie who made fine saves to deny Arsenal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also came close from a Saka’s cross.
In the 23rd minute, Left-back Kieran Tierney’s excellent solo run after going past Darnell Furlong before cutting back and producing a top drawer curler with his weaker foot into the top corner. It was an excellent strike from Tierney.
Shortly after, Arsenal doubled their lead with a Wengerball-Esque when Emile-Smith Rowe combined with Saka and Lacazette to slot in the ball for a Saka tap-in.
West Brom had the ball in the back of our net minutes after the restart, but it was disallowed for offside – it was a wake-up call for Arsenal not to become complacent.
Arsenal dominance continued when in-form Lacazette almost had his first goal of the match when his shot was cleared off the line. Lacazette would go on to score a few moments later when a converted from a rebound after a fine save by the West Brom Goalie.
Moments later, Lacazette got his second goal of the night after a fine assist by Tierney.
Arsenal continued to move the ball with guile and calm but the game would end with no further goals. It was a fine performance from the Gunner amidst a snowy night at the Hawthorns
It was Arsenal’s third league victory in a row after they had failed to win their previous seven.
MAN OF THE MATCH—Kieran Tierney
- West Brom are the first side to lose consecutive home Premier League games by at least four goals since Wigan in August 2010.
- Arsenal have scored in all 25 of their Premier League meetings with West Brom, the best 100% scoring record by one side against an opponent in the competition’s history.
- There were 20 passes in the build-up to Arsenal’s first goal scored by Kieran Tierney – since Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge on Boxing Day 2019, the Gunners have scored more goals following a sequence of 20+ passes than any other Premier League side (3).
- Tierney became the first Scottish player to score an away Premier League goal for Arsenal and the first to do so in the top flight since Charlie Nicholas against Ipswich Town in March 1986.
- Alexandre Lacazette has scored five away Premier League goals in 2020-21, his best such tally in a single season in the competition.
WHAT IS NEXT?
We start our defence of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday evening as we host Newcastle United in the third round.
Then Crystal Palace visits Emirates Stadium on January 14, before another game against the Magpies – this time in the Premier League – four days later.
Match Review by LeOmofomah