Jack Wilshere's second-half strike earned Arsenal a point at West Brom and returned the Gunners to the top of the Premier League on goals scored.

The Baggies took the lead when an unmarked Claudio Yacob headed home Morgan Amalfitano's cross.

Nicolas Anelka missed two good chances to double the home side's lead shortly before Wilshere's deflected 20-yard shot levelled for Arsenal.

Draw with Arsenal a fair result - Clarke

Olivier Giroud almost won it for the visitors but Boaz Myhill denied him.

Defeat would have been harsh on Steve Clarke's side, who followed last weekend's victory against champions Manchester United with a slick performance which saw them become the first team to take points off Arsenal since Aston Villa won at Emirates Stadium on the opening day.

The Baggies were composed in possession and a constant threat in the final third as the fluid movement and creativity of their front four continually exposed the Arsenal defence.

England Under-21 international Saido Berahino, who scored the winner at Old Trafford last week, produced another excellent display up front while Amalfitano and Stephane Sessegnon linked well with Anelka to cause the visitors problems.

Gunners on a roll

Arsenal are now unbeaten in 18 Premier League matches following a European tie (W13-D5).

Source: Infostrada

But Arsenal also had their moments and showed a resilience which is marking them out as genuine title contenders.

They were indebted to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny early on, the Pole getting down well to deny Berahino, who cut inside and fired in a low shot.

At the other end, Aaron Ramsey had Arsenal's best opportunity and the impressive Myhill reacted instinctively to beat the ball clear after his fellow Welshman's shot found its way through a crowd of players.

That save lifted the hosts, who went straight up to the other end and took the lead - Amalfitano putting an inch-perfect cross into the box from the right for Yacob to head home from six yards out.

Arsenal 'character' pleases Wenger

The hosts pressed for a second after the break and former Arsenal striker Anelka miscontrolled in the area after Berahino powered past Per Mertesacker on the left.

Mertesacker was having a shaky 10 minutes - which led to him being shifted from the right side of central defence to the left - and Anelka sprinted past the German before curling a shot agonisingly wide.

Arsene Wenger's side gradually began to assert their authority in midfield and equalised in impressive style when Tomas Rosicky and Giroud combined to tee up Wilshere for his first Premier League goal in almost three years.

The England midfielder was now snapping into the tackle and spraying passes around - his clever ball forward splitting the Baggies defence and putting Giroud through, but Myhill saved well as the Frenchman tried to round him.

Both sides continued to drive forward but struggled to break through, settling for a hard-earned point which sends Arsenal into the two-week international break at the league's summit and lifts West Brom up to 12th.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

West Bromwich Albion

  • 13 Myhill
  • 23 McAuley
  • 03 Olsson Booked
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 28 Jones
  • 38 Berahino
  • 05 Yacob
  • 29 Sessegnon (Morrison - 78' )
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 18 Amalfitano (Brunt - 89' )
  • 39 Anelka (Long - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Lugano
  • 08 Rosenberg
  • 04 Popov
  • 07 Morrison
  • 19 Daniels
  • 09 Long
  • 11 Brunt

Arsenal

  • 01 Szczesny
  • 06 Koscielny
  • 28 Gibbs
  • 25 Jenkinson
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 10 Wilshere Booked
  • 11 Özil
  • 08 Arteta
  • 20 Flamini Booked
  • 16 Ramsey (Rosicky - 59' )
  • 12 Giroud (Bendtner - 85' )

Substitutes

  • 17 Monreal
  • 05 Vermaelen
  • 44 Gnabry
  • 21 Fabianski
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 31 Miyaichi
  • 23 Bendtner
Ref: Lee Mason
Att: 24,839

Match Stats

Shots

12 14

On target

4 5

Corners

6 2

Fouls

6 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +4:10 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Arsenal 1.

90:00 +2:20

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

90:00 +2:20

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:57

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

90:00 +0:57

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Morgan Amalfitano because of an injury.

86:57

Attempt saved. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

84:58

Attempt missed. Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Shane Long with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

84:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Nicklas Bendtner replaces Olivier Giroud.

84:12

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

84:12

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:11

Offside, Arsenal. Wojciech Szczesny tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

80:22

Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:22

Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).

77:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Stéphane Sessegnon.

77:14

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

77:14

Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:25

Attempt missed. Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano with a cross.

75:13

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Wilshere with a through ball.

73:37

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

73:36

Attempt blocked. Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long.

72:36

Attempt saved. Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

71:16

Attempt missed. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

69:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

69:14

Delay in match Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal) because of an injury.

68:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Shane Long replaces Nicolas Anelka.

67:57

Attempt missed. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

67:26

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

64:46

Offside, Arsenal. Jack Wilshere tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

62:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Arsenal 1. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky.

61:14

Attempt missed. Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

59:31

Attempt missed. Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

58:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Arsenal. Tomas Rosicky replaces Aaron Ramsey.

57:49

Foul by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal).

57:49

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:58

Attempt blocked. Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

55:58

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonas Olsson.

55:13

Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

55:13

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:44

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Youssuf Mulumbu tries a through ball, but Nicolas Anelka is caught offside.

53:40

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal).

53:40

Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:05 Booking

Booking Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

52:53

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:53

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

51:12

Attempt missed. Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell with a through ball.

49:42

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Carl Jenkinson.

46:37

Attempt missed. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

45:00

Second Half begins West Bromwich Albion 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +3:40 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Arsenal 0.

45:00 +2:20

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +1:37

Delay in match Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

45:00 +1:03 Booking

Booking Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:56

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

45:00 +0:56

Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! West Bromwich Albion 1, Arsenal 0. Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano with a cross following a corner.

41:14

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

40:50

Attempt blocked. Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano with a cross.

39:48

Foul by Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal).

39:48

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:15

Attempt saved. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mesut Özil with a cross.

38:47

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Billy Jones.

36:55

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Carl Jenkinson.

36:34

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Liam Ridgewell tries a through ball, but Saido Berahino is caught offside.

35:08

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Ramsey.

31:51

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:48

Delay in match Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) because of an injury.

30:36

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Billy Jones tries a through ball, but Nicolas Anelka is caught offside.

25:33

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Billy Jones.

24:40

Attempt missed. Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

23:07

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:20

Delay in match Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) because of an injury.

22:20

Delay in match Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

21:54 Booking

Booking Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

19:42

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kieran Gibbs.

19:23

Foul by Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal).

19:23

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

17:55

Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:55

Foul by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).

17:14

Attempt missed. Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Mesut Özil.

15:01

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Morgan Amalfitano tries a through ball, but Stéphane Sessegnon is caught offside.

14:56

Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

14:56

Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:55

Attempt saved. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nicolas Anelka.

12:08

Attempt missed. Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

11:23

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:23

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

10:40

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:40

Foul by Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion).

9:47

Attempt blocked. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Wilshere.

9:19

Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:19

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

4:08

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

0:03

Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Nicolas Anelka.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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