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Post-Match Report

Arsenal 2-0 West Brom: How it happened

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Emirates Stadium
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  Arsenal
      
                  Lacazette (20'
                   67' pen)
            
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Arsenal
Lacazette (20'
67' pen)
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West Bromwich Albion

WHAT HAPPENED

Two goals from Alexandre Lacazette, one in either half, gave us a hard-fought win at Emirates Stadium.

His brace took the striker's tally to four goals from three Emirates Stadium appearances this season, and all three games have ended in victory.

The first was a poacher's effort after Alexis struck the bar from a free-kick, the second came from the penalty spot after Aaron Ramsey was bundled over.

It was enough to give us all three points, but we survived two huge let offs along the way. Petr Cech made a excellent fingertip save and Nacho Monreal cleared off the line – both from Jay Rodriguez – during an eventful first half.

It was Alexis, back in the starting lineup, who had our first shot at goal – a direct free-kick that fizzed just wide.

We survived our first let off inside the opening 10 minutes. Shkodran Mustafi mistimed his tackle on Rodriguez inside the area, but rather than give the penalty, the referee allowed play on as Rodriguez picked himself up and fired goalwards. Cech dived to his left and made a fantastic low save to flick the ball onto the post, and Jake Livermore scuffed the rebound wide.

The Emirates faithful breathed a sigh of relief.

Aaron Ramsey headed over from a Hector Bellerin cross as we tried to work our way back into the game.

It was a fairly even opening 20 minutes, until we took the lead. Mohamed Elneny was fouled just outside the area, Alexis curled his free-kick against the bar and Lacazette pounced from close range.

At the other end former Gunner Kieran Gibbs flashed a speculative effort over, but we were on the front foot now.

Alexis struck another free-kick wide as Arsenal put the visiting defence under increased pressure.

As the half drew to a close, we were indebted to Monreal, who made a spectacular, acrobatic clearance to prevent Rodriguez heading Albion level.

The visitors certainly ended the half on top, and our defence had to stand firm as West Brom won a succession of corners.

Lacazette celebrating his first goal of the game

The half-time break allowed us to settle, and we began the second period full of intent.

Lacazette saw an effort charged down when Mohamed Elneny laid the ball off to him in the area before we doubled the lead from the penalty spot.

Ramsey did superbly well to beat Allan Nyom by the touchline inside the area, and the Cameroonian defender bundled him over.

Lacazette made no mistake from 12 yards.

We were in control now. Lacazette nearly had his hat-trick but he smashed over after taking the ball round Ben Foster, and Hector Bellerin saw his long-range goalbound effort well saved by the keeper.

The manager brought on Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud for the final few minutes.

The latter set up Ramsey in the box late on, and the Welshman forced another good save from Foster. 

It's five unbeaten now, and some momentum is starting to build.

ALEXIS AND LACAZETTE WATCH

This was the first time the two forwards had been on the pitch at the same time this season, and they combined well to take us to victory.

5       Alexis is fouled on the edge of the area, takes the free-kick himself and whips the shot just wide.

20     Alexis strikes another free-kick, which hits the bar and Lacazette is in the right place to head home the opener.

26     Alexis dummies for Lacazette on the edge of the area, but the ball doesn't quite run for the Frenchman.

32     Alexis threads a superb defence-splitting pass through to Ramsey in the area, but Ben Foster saves.

36     Another Alexis free-kick, this time from slightly further out, is sent just wide.

51     Lacazette's shot from inside the area is deflected over the bar after good work from Alexis and Sead Kolasinac on the left.

61     Alexis beat two players with a neat dragback, and crossed towards Lacazette, but Foster intercepted.

67     Lacazette strokes his penalty into the bottom right corner after Aaron Ramsey was fouled by Allan Nyom.

70     Lacazette smashes the ball over from a narrow angle after Alexis found him with a deep, searching pass.        

83     Both players are withdrawn to a well-deserved Emirates ovation.

WHAT IT MEANS

We kept our 100 per cent home record in tact to rise from 12th to seventh in the Premier League, six points behind the early leaders.

WHAT'S NEXT

Our first away match in the Europa League is coming up on Thursday, and the boss is expected to make wholesale changes for the 1,200 mile trip to Minsk in Belarus to take on BATE Borisov. Then it's another home game in the Premier League, against Brighton, on Sunday.

The Breakdown

Analysis: How lethal Lacazette set the tone

We sealed our eighth straight Premier League victory at Emirates Stadium as we beat West Bromwich Albion 2-0 on Monday night.

In the latest episode of The Breakdown, Adrian Clarke examines our performance and also focuses on:

  • How Alexandre Lacazette showed his predatory instincts
  • The defensive issues we experienced in the first half
  • The importance of our quick passing in stretching West Brom
  • Aaron Ramsey's composed performance at the back

Click the 'Play' button above to watch the latest episode of 'The Breakdown' and then check out the following:

Interview

The story behind Lacazette's celebration

It’s becoming rather a familiar sight this season: Alexandre Lacazette scoring at Emirates Stadium.

We’ve seen plenty of what is quickly becoming his trademark celebration in recent weeks, but what does it mean?

“It was based on a bet with a friend of mine who really likes music that involves trumpets,” Lacazette told Arsenal Player.

“It was a joke between the two of us. That’s how it all started, it was all a bet. I’ve just kept doing it and I really like it. 

“The first time was in a friendly: Lyon against Sporting Lisbon, I believe, and then I did it in the league at Nancy.”

A goal in each half from Alexandre Lacazette gave us a well-earned 2-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

The France striker headed us into a first-half lead before doubling the advantage from the penalty spot midway through the second period.

You can now watch all the match action from Emirates Stadium. Our extended highlights are available at the top of the page, and a bitesize cut is viewable below. And don't forget to watch Nacho Monreal's crucial first-half goal-line clearance.
 


Interview

'Lacazette is just ice-cold in front of goal'

What a start to life at Arsenal for Alexandre Lacazette: three home games, four goals and an immediate fan favourite at Emirates Stadium.

Granit Xhaka has been hugely impressed with his new team-mate - who netted twice against West Brom on Monday - but has set him a new challenge.

“He’s an important player for us,“ the Swiss midfielder said. “We know his qualities and you can see that he’s ice-cold in front of goal. Now he needs to do the same away - then I’ll be really pleased. 

“I think the game against Chelsea gave us morale and self-belief,” Xhaka added. “We gave a good performance [against West Brom], kept another clean sheet, which is really important for us and we’re satisfied with the 2-0 scoreline.

“I think with these fans behind us, we can play with freedom. At home we’re a force, you’ve seen that in the past and today, and we’re pleased to have won at home. We need to make sure we do the same away from home.”
 

Interview

Lacazette - We won well... all was perfect

Alexandre Lacazette's brace against West Brom saw him become our first player to score in his first three home league games for us since Brian Marwood in 1988.

But the France international insists that personal achievements are secondary to securing positive results with the team.

After the match he spoke to the media, and this is what he said:

on making history with his goalscoring…
They said I did, but I am not looking for this particular type of record but more stability with the team. We won and we won with a clean sheet. All was perfect, possession, goals.
 
on the team’s recovery in recent weeks…
During the month of September we have reconstructed ourselves defensively, we are working together.    
 
on the squad pulling together…
There was no feeling of panic in the team - we knew that working together would pay off. 
 

Alexandre Lacazette stole the headlines with a match-winning brace on Monday night, but Mohamed Elneny and Nacho Monreal also excelled in a hard-fought win.

Arsène Wenger spoke to Arsenal Media after the game about the contribution of the pair, and also the growing partnership between Alexis and Lacazette.

On the game…
The first half was quite even and West Brom played quite well. They were very physical, very well organised as they usually are. Overall we were maybe lucky in one special circumstance, but we were 1-0 up at half-time and in the second half we controlled the game well and I think we deserved to win.

On Alex Lacazette's form at Emirates…
Yes, he has found confidence and I believe he is adapting quickly to the demands of the Premier League. I think it's quite positive. Now he has to score away from home, but he was unlucky as well away to Stoke I must say. Overall it's a good sign that he keeps scoring at home.

On his partnership with Alexis…
Both of them can score goals, both of them can give assists so I expect a positive response from them on that. We work on the partnership in training of course, but the best way is to play together in competitive circumstances, so I believe that will come very quickly.

On big performances from Monreal and Elneny…
They were outstanding, both of them. I am pleased for both of them of course, but especially for Elneny because he has not always played, but what he did tonight was very positive. The two of them are top players who have a fantastic mentality.

On building momentum…
Yes, and I believe you see that we are much stable defensively now. At the start of the season we conceded too many goals, and you have no hope if you always concede goals, and on that front we have stabilised very well.

Press conference

'It's important to keep our home strength'

 We’ve won all three of our Premier League home matches this season.
 

After our 2-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday, Arsène Wenger spoke to the media and discussed our form at the Emirates, the visitors’ penalty appeal and Mohamed Elneny’s performance.
 
on the performance…
In the first half it was difficult because they are physically very strong, very mobile, they disturbed our build up and went very direct. It took us some time to adapt to that. In the second half we controlled the game much more, they dropped a little bit in their intensity and then it became more comfortable for us. Overall it finished in a comfortable way, but the first half was a bit nervy.
 
on Lacazette…
He’s not only a goalscorer, his link up play is good. He fights as well, he’s not fazed by the physical challenges that West Brom gave us today and overall he looks to adapt very quickly and very well.
 
on Mustafi's potential penalty…
The referee left the advantage and they nearly scored from that, they hit the post and I think the decision is defendable on both sides had he given a penalty or not. He left the advantage, if he gives a penalty and doesn’t give the advantage and they miss the penalty then you say why did he not leave the advantage, it’s this kind of situation.
 
on a third consecutive home win…
Look I don’t go in definite conclusions as quickly as you, but what is important is we are strong at home. We have played six games now, three difficult away games at Chelsea, at Liverpool, at Stoke and overall it’s important we keep our home strength. We know we can make results away from home and we’ll do that, so what was very important for us tonight was the three points because everybody else won and you’re under pressure not to drop points tonight.
 
on Elneny…
I felt that he did very well. I am very pleased with his performance tonight, but he played on Wednesday in the League Cup, he played the week before against Cologne, so that shows as well when the guys get the games, they gain fitness and confidence.
 
on the team being in a different place…
Yes of course we are in a different position, a different mental aspect as well, but we know we live in a world where when you miss a game like where we did at Liverpool, you face a very difficult environment afterwards. But there’s only one way to respond, that is to show your character and respond with results on the pitch.

News

Who was our best player against West Brom?

The team celebrate Alexandre Lacazette's second goal against West Brom

Two Alexandre Lacazette goals gave us a deserved Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.

The Frenchman scored in each half, with Nacho Monreal and Mohamed Elneny also among those to impress.

But who was your man of the match? Vote below.

 

Interview

'I was in the right place at the right time'

Alexandre Lacazette may take most of the plaudits after scoring twice in Monday night’s 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion - but the result could have been different were it not for a crucial Nacho Monreal intervention.

Jay Rodriguez had looked set to equalise for the visitors just before half-time, but Montreal raced back before clearing the ball from underneath his own crossbar.

After the match, our defender spoke to the media - and here’s what he said:

on how hard we had to work for the win…
We knew it was going to be a hard game but I think we played better than them, we scored two goals and in every moment we had the control. They only had one chance in the first half but I was so lucky to be in the right position at the right moment. After that, we were better than them. It was hard but we played a good game.

on his clearance…
It wasn’t only me. I think all the players are in a good moment, we had a good performance against Chelsea in a difficult game, so after we got one point against Chelsea we needed to get the three points today, to keep in the top positions. We have to continue playing like that. Now we play in the Europa League, after that it’s Brighton, so we are looking forward to winning the next two games.

on having firepower up front…
Obviously every single game we try to get a clean sheet. It’s not easy because in the Premier League, anybody can score in any moment. But in the last games we’ve had clean sheets, which means that all the team are working really hard defensively. We have to keep doing that.

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