West Bromwich Albion (Morrison 35, Arteta (O.G) 40) – Arsenal 1 (Giroud 28)
Man of the Match – James McClean (West Bromwich Albion)
Arsenal succumbed to a disappointing defeat at The Hawthorns, at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, leaving them 4th in the table. The Gunners enjoyed a near perfect October, defeating Manchester United, Watford, Bayern Munich, Everton and Swansea, but November has been tough, having taken a pounding at the hands of Bayern Munich and a home draw with Tottenham.
Arsenal suffered an early blow, when Francis Coquelin had to come off in the 14th minute through an injury, to be replaced by Mikel Arteta. In the 28th minute, Arsenal got the lead through an Olivier Giroud header from a Mesut Ozil free-kick. But, West Brom put on a dogged performance, and turned the match on its head within the space of 12 minutes.On 35 minutes, James Morrison had equalized, with a fine volley, before Mikel Arteta calamitously deflected a James McClean cross into his own net.
Arsenal had majority of the possession, in the second half, but to no avail, as a well drilled West Brom defence marshalled by Jonas Olsson, put their bodies on the line several times, to take 3 points. Arsenal did miss guilt-edged opportunities though. Substitute Joel Campbell missed from 4 yards out with only keeper Boaz Myhill to beat, before Santi Cazorla slipped over his penalty. Craig Dawson then blocked a Kieran Gibbs shot from 6 yards out, as West Brom clinched the win.
Arsenal now host Dinamo Zagreb, in a must win Champions League clash, before travelling to Norwich City.
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