Arsenal rallied past Tony Pulis’ West Brom on a dreamy night at the Emirates. Alexandre Lacazette was once again the force which lifted Arsenal up and ensured 3 points from the clash. Unlike the last time when the gunners went down 3-1 against the Baggies, this was a visibly fair display of the attack strength Wenger’s men hold if positioned strongly. Arsenal came in as a team that didn’t want to lose; they knew it wasn’t just about the three points or being placed at a certain spot on the table. Wenger would have seen those plates with his name and big Red OUT’s up and rising at their own fortress if they were beaten.
Alexandre Lacazette netted a brace with a rebound goal and a successful penalty to see off the Baggies, 2-0, and once again Hector Bellerin impressed with his runs. The man who had warned his club of maintaining their momentum if they want to make it big into the season did justice to the statement with his performance. He had said Arsenal is already on the way to recovery and their display against West Brom was an evidence of the claim. After two disappointing losses against Liverpool and Stoke City at the beginning of the season, The North Londoners have won 4 of their last 5 encounters and scored 9 goals, conceding just 1.
Alexis Sanchez too had a phenomenal outing as he fuelled his team and provided them with extra push up front that helped Arsenal play around with the West Brom backline.
Baggies were passionate; they went close but not enough to pull Arsenal back. Nacho Monreal denied Rodiguez’s close header in the first half and gifted Petr Cech his 3d straight cleansheet. The Gunners so far have maintained a perfect home record. They are now unbeaten in their last 5 games.
Arsene Wenger’s plight
Wenger criticised the packed schedule ahead for them and mentioned, regular games impact his team selection.
“The schedule is a bit cruel, Over the weekend I think it should have been different.”
“For example, yesterday we had Brighton-Newcastle on television. They could have played tonight and we could have played yesterday. So for us the time is very short. But television decides, and I don’t complain about that. But what I want to say, for the [team] selection it has an impact for me,” he said in a press conference.
Talking about the game, the Arsenal manager was very clear and confident about his team’s display “It was a direct game, we dominated well in the second half, it was one way traffic in the second half and the better team in the set pieces won,” he said in a post-match interview.
Wenger was all praises for the French striker who played a knight in Arsenal’s victory. ” He is not just a goal-scorer, his link-up play is good, today he was not affected by the physical challenges put on him by West Brom and I think, he has adapted well in the league,” said the manager.
Penalty cry from Pulis
West Brom didn’t have a game they were expecting. Manager Tony Pulis criticized referee Bobby Madley’s decision to deny a deserved penalty to his side. He also accused Alexis Sanchez of cheating and said the forward should have been booked for his dive.
“In the game’s first free-kick Sanchez dives and should be booked. That’s cheating,” Pulis told Sky Sports.
“Then the tackle in the box on Jay, it is a stonewall penalty,” he said emphasising that the rough tackle from Gunners defender Shkodran Mustafi on Baggies forward Jay Rodriguez was a call which should have gone their way.