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Arsenal Defeat West Brom At The Emirates

by on November 6, 2011

Arsène Wenger made two changes to the team which played in midweek against Marseille, Robin Van Persie and Laurent Koscielny both returned. This meant Per Mertersacker and Park Chu-Young would both drop down to the bench. Thomas Vermaelen started his first Premiership game since August.

Roy Hodgson’s side were missing key players out through injury forwards Shane Long and Peter Odemwingie and the versatile Paul Scharner. Which meant Zolton Gera started for West Brom playing behind Simon Cox in attack.

Early on in the first-half Arsenal had won a free kick near the West Brom area but Andre Santos was going to take it rather than Van Persie. The Brazilian full-back’s effort went over Ben Foster’s goal.

Vermaelen was fouled on the half-way line which the free kick was taken quickly, Aaron Ramsey played a delightful through ball to Theo Walcott. The England international had space to shoot but couldn’t manage to beat Ben Foster. But Foster couldn’t keep hold of Walcott’s shot which rebounded for Van Persie to score, the Dutchman scoring from a couple of yards out he couldn’t of missed.

Gervinho had a good chance but opted to shoot straight at Foster and it was well saved by the former England international. The chance come from Walcott’s pass after Van Persie found his run.

An Alex Song cross in to the West Brom’s box for Van Persie to play the ball back across but Gervinho missed the ball. But Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen was their to strike the ball in to the back of the net, a great finish from a center back. Just before the half-time whistle Mikel Arteta tried his luck from distance but it was blasted over by the midfielder.

Vermaelen could of scored again early on in the second-half, after getting away from his marker but his header went inches wide of the goal. The North London side next chance came after good work from Gervinho who found Ramsey, the Welshman controlled well but his shot went wide.

Gervinho then played a one two with Arteta and shot from a tight angle but it was saved again. Arsenal made a double subsistion on the 71 mintue with Ramsey and Gervinho going off for Benayoun and Rosicky.

Moments later Arsenal got their third of the match after great build up play from Van Persie and Rosicky. The Dutchman passed  back to Arteta who was waiting on the edge of the box and the midfielders effort was placed in to the bottom corner. It was Arteta’s second goal for the gunners since joining them on deadline day in the summer from Everton.

Arsenal’s final change was Andrey Arshavin on for Theo Walcott. Vermalen made a great last ditch block on West Brom’s Tchoyi effort. The game ended 3-0 to Arsenal, another victory for the gunners. Now it’s an international break for the next two weeks Arsenal’s next game is against Norwich away on 19 November.

Arsenal: Szczesny, Jenkinson, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Song, Ramsey (Rosicky 72), Arteta, Walcott (Arshavin 78), Gervinho (Benayoun 72) Van Persie (c).

Substitutes not used: Fabianski, Djourou, Mertesacker, Park.

Foster, Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Jones, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans (Thorne 81), Gera (Tchoyi 63), Thomas, Cox (Mulumbu 71)

Substitutes not used:  Fulop, Shorey, Dawson, Fortune

Attendance – 60,091

Arsenal 3-0 West Brom

Van Persie 22, Vermaelen 39, Arteta 74

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