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Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Olivier Giroud scores for Arsenal

Arsenal celebrated their guaranteed Champions League spot for next season with victory over West Brom as Olivier Giroud's first-half header gave them the three points at Emirates Stadium.

After Everton's defeat by Manchester City on Saturday made the Gunners' top-four spot secure, the France striker grabbed the only goal of the game, rising in front of marker Craig Dawson to convert Santi Cazorla's corner.

Arsene Wenger 'proud' of top-four finish

West Brom, who rarely threatened, are all but confirmed as safe following Norwich's draw at Chelsea.

Pepe Mel's men are three points clear of the Canaries, who have a vastly inferior goal difference and only have one more game left to play this season.

At Emirates Stadium, the visitors played like a side who seemed certain of safety, barely making Arsenal's defence sweat on a warm day in north London.

Arsenal were slightly more spritely. They were in relaxed mood after Saturday's result ensured manager Arsene Wenger has led his team to a top-four finish in every season since he joined in 1996.

Giroud's early opening goal provided one of the few rousing moments during a sedate match.

The France international has a brilliant knack of losing his marker when the ball is played from the wings, and on this occasion he beat Dawson to score his 22nd of the season.

West Brom manager Pepe Mel
West Brom manager Pepe Mel finds it hard to watch the action at the Emirates Stadium

Baggies keeper Ben Foster was given little chance with that effort and perhaps should not have been given any with a Cazorla shot moments later. But the England World Cup hopeful was on his toes to push away the Spaniard's effort as it headed for the bottom corner.

How can they stay up?
West Brom P36 Pts 36 GD -13Sunderland P36 Pts 35 GD -19Norwich P37 Pts 33 GD -32
One point from their final two games against Sunderland and Stoke will mathematically secure safety.One win against West Brom or Swansea would guarantee safety. A point is likely to be enough thanks to their superior goal difference.Must beat Arsenal to stand any chance but also need Sunderland to lose both remaining games due to their goal difference.

Arsenal went close once more, after the break, when German Lukas Podolski mis-hit a half-volley from 10 yards that bounced off the post and into the arms of Foster.

Arsenal 1-0 West Brom: Baggies deserved a point - Mel

The Baggies' best effort of the match came in the first half - a Graham Dorrans 25-yard shot that Wojciech Szczesny patted down.

The Gunners, who deserved their victory, finish their league campaign at Norwich before an FA Cup final against Hull, as they aim to end a run of nine years without a trophy.

For Mel's side, it is a trip to an in-form Sunderland in midweek before they end their season at home to Stoke.

Line-ups

Arsenal

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Szczesny
  • 3Sagna
  • 17MonrealBooked at 64minsSubstituted forVermaelenat 80'minutes
  • 20Flamini
  • 4Mertesacker
  • 6Koscielny
  • 19CazorlaSubstituted forRosickyat 70'minutes
  • 8ArtetaSubstituted forKällströmat 63'minutes
  • 12GiroudBooked at 90mins
  • 11Özil
  • 9Podolski

Substitutes

  • 5Vermaelen
  • 7Rosicky
  • 21Fabianski
  • 22Sanogo
  • 24Abou Diaby
  • 25Jenkinson
  • 29Källström

West Brom

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Foster
  • 25Dawson
  • 11BruntBooked at 83mins
  • 21MulumbuSubstituted forVydraat 85'minutes
  • 14Lugano
  • 3Olsson
  • 18AmalfitanoSubstituted forAnichebeat 80'minutes
  • 7Morrison
  • 38Berahino
  • 29Sessegnon
  • 17DorransBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 10Sinclair
  • 13Myhill
  • 16Anichebe
  • 20Vydra
  • 23McAuley
  • 40O'Neil
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
60,021

Match Stats

Home TeamArsenalAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home15
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away10
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Arsenal 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Arsenal 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  3. Booking

    Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Booking

    Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Per Mertesacker.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kim Källström (Arsenal) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Diego Lugano.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross following a corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Bacary Sagna.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Dawson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graham Dorrans with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matej Vydra replaces Youssuf Mulumbu.

  13. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Laurent Koscielny.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  15. Booking

    Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Mesut Özil (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Victor Anichebe replaces Morgan Amalfitano.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Arsenal. Thomas Vermaelen replaces Nacho Monreal.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lukas Podolski (Arsenal) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomas Rosicky with a cross.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City36255696375980
2Liverpool36255696465080
3Chelsea37247669264379
4Arsenal37237766412576
5Everton37209859392069
6Tottenham37206115251166
7Man Utd361861260411960
8Southampton371510125345855
9Newcastle37154184257-1549
10Stoke371211144351-847
11Crystal Palace36134192843-1543
12West Ham37117194049-940
13Swansea37109185153-239
14Aston Villa36108183954-1538
15Hull36107193748-1137
16West Brom36715144255-1336
17Sunderland3698193857-1935
18Norwich3789202860-3233
19Fulham3794243883-4531
20Cardiff3779213172-4130
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