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West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Arsenal

By Marc HigginsonBBC Sport
Jack Wilshere

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.

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.


West Brom

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Myhill
  • 23McAuley
  • 3OlssonBooked at 54mins
  • 6Ridgewell
  • 28Jones
  • 38Berahino
  • 5Yacob
  • 29SessegnonSubstituted forMorrisonat 78'minutes
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 18AmalfitanoSubstituted forBruntat 89'minutes
  • 39AnelkaSubstituted forLongat 69'minutes


  • 14Lugano
  • 8Rosenberg
  • 4Popov
  • 7Morrison
  • 19Daniels
  • 9Long
  • 11Brunt


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Szczesny
  • 6Koscielny
  • 28Gibbs
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 10WilshereBooked at 45mins
  • 11Özil
  • 8Arteta
  • 20FlaminiBooked at 22mins
  • 16RamseySubstituted forRosickyat 59'minutes
  • 12GiroudSubstituted forBendtnerat 85'minutes


  • 17Monreal
  • 5Vermaelen
  • 44Gnabry
  • 21Fabianski
  • 7Rosicky
  • 31Miyaichi
  • 23Bendtner
Lee Mason

Match Stats

Home TeamWest BromAway TeamArsenal
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, West Bromwich Albion 1, Arsenal 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Nicklas Bendtner replaces Olivier Giroud.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    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.

  20. Post update

    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.

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12West Brom72327619
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