West Brom v Arsenal
Barclays Premier League
Kick off: November 29, 2014 12.45 PM BST
The Gunners won the game thanks to Danny Welbeck’s header on the hour mark. It was a solid performance from the Gunners and another clean sheet under Emiliano Martinez’ belt.
It’s important to break a bad streak and this victory might give us momentum in the forthcoming fixtures, especially given that our next opponents are the high-flying Saints.
Here are the ratings from this match:
Emiliano Martinez | 7.0: The young Argentinian keeper has managed to keep a clean sheet for the second time in a row. He was big when it mattered and well-positioned when the hosts had occasional attempts.
Calum Chambers | 7.0: Looked tired at the end but all-in-all gave a solid performance.
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Per Mertesacker | 7.5: Looked much better with Kos next to him and kept our air clean in the dying minutes.
Laurent Koscielny | 7.5: The Frenchman’s return is a great thing for us as our defence finally has a more natural look with him. No wonder Mertesacker welcomed him back warmly on his official Facebook-page after the game.
Nacho Monreal | N/A: Was finally moved to his natural position but picked up an early injury. It remains unknown whether it is a serious one.
Mathieu Flamini | 7.0: His passing is not on Arteta’s level but he did well today in protecting the back four.
Aaron Ramsey | 6.0: He needs a goal to build on like he did last term. The problem is, he forces things too much and tries to shoot from every possible position. He should have scored in the first half though.
Alexis Sánchez | 7.25: He didn’t score a goal or create one but he could have got on the score-sheet at the beginning of the match but perhaps should have passed the ball to someone. Made a great pass for Welbeck that didn’t ended with a goal due to both Welbeck’s poor control and the defender’s use of arms.
Santi Cazorla | 7.75 (MOTM): Santi has been in good shape this week, let’s hope he’ll carry on in the same rhythm. He made a fantastic run prior to the cross that was met by Welbeck’s match-winning header. He tried with his left foot in the first half a lot – three attempts that could have yielded at least one goal. One step more in the box and he would celebrated a goal with his third attempt.
Danny Welbeck | 7.5: Finally found the net. Had a great chance in the first half but was denied by Foster. His touch was too heavy on more than one occasion, his shooting needs improvement ASAP but he did well and this goal might do wonders for his confidence.
Olivier Giroud | 6.75: Did well to force Foster’s mistake but opted for a shot from an awkward angle instead of feeding up Alexis who was incoming. Gave a physical presence to our team that we missed while he was out.
Kieran Gibbs | 7.25: Did well but he gave us an injury scare, hopefully nothing more than that.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | 6.5: Was on the pitch for a short amount of time but managed to make one good run and to give us an injury scare just like Gibbs. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.