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WEST BROM v ARSENAL RECAP: Baggies get one over Gunners

West Bromwich Albion caused an upset win over Arsenal on Saturday.


Tony Pulis' Baggies scored a 2-1 triumph at The Hawthorns despite conceding the first goal to Arsene Wenger's Gunners.

Olivier Giroud netted his seventh league goal of the season in the 28th minute when he glanced home Mesut Oil's free-kick with a close range header.

Arsenal's lead was short-lived, however, as James Morrison volleyed home Chris Brunt's set piece just seven minutes later.

Albion edged in front five minutes half-time when Mikel Arteta deflected in James McClean's cross from the byline before Santi Cazorla missed a fantastic opportunity in the 84th minute when skying his penalty having slipped at the death.

The loss denied fourth-placed Arsenal the chance to go top of the league as West Brom moved up to 12th having arrested a two-game losing streak.


MATCH OVERVIEW

West Bromwich Albion: 2 (James Morrison 35', Mikel Arteta (OG) 40')
Arsenal: 1 (Olivier Giroud 28', missed penalty: Santi Cazorla 84')
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich - 24,343


TALKING POINTS

- Can a win of this nature direct Albion towards the top half? Do they have the ability to consistently trouble the top teams?

- Another blow for Arsenal who always seem to slip up whenever things appear to be in good order. Can Wenger motivate this team towards a title pursuit?


WHAT'S NEXT?

Arsenal tackle Dinamo Zagreb in the Champions League at home on Tuesday prior to their trip to Norwich City on Sunday.

West Brom will be hoping to build on this victory when they head to West Ham United on the weekend.



TWITTER INSIGHT


QUOTES CORNER

Arsenal's Wenger on the result and his side's performance:

"It was a very bad afternoon for us. We had 70 per cent possession, we scored an own goal, we missed a penalty, we gave away a goal from a set-piece, that is perfect to make the afternoon a nightmare.

"We missed open-goal chances. I believe West Brom did fight with 100 per cent commitment as well and you have to give them credit for that."


West Brom boss Pulis praises his Baggies for their strong win:

"There's been games here this year where we've been disappointed because we've lost. The lads deserve it for the effort and commitment, but we've played better and done better and not got the results."


STATS SPECIALS
*Thanks to Opta

Andrew Slevison
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