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Arsenal   2 - 3   West Brom

Gonzalo Jara (left) celebrates with Chris Brunt (centre) and Peter Odemwingie
Jara (left) grabbed the second goal at the Emirates Stadium

By Les Roopanarine

West Brom capped an unforgettable week by outclassing Arsenal to secure a first away win in 19 top-flight games.

Chris Brunt had a first-half penalty saved, but Peter Odemwingie later fired the opener from Jerome Thomas's centre.

Brunt fed Gonzalo Jara for the second, although Manuel Almunia should have saved his shot, and Thomas made it three after some dismal defending.

Samir Nasri scored a late double for Arsenal, but it provided little consolation for boss Arsene Wenger.

It was West Brom's second major scalp in the space of four days following Wednesday night's Carling Cup victory over Manchester City, but that was a game contested by what effectively amounted to two reserve sides.

Wenger unhappy with 'poor performance'

This could hardly have been more different, a promoted Albion side producing a performance full of enterprise and endeavour to secure a famous win against a Premier League heavyweight.

True, the absence of a clutch of injured stars - including captain Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott - meant the home side, who remain second in the league table, lacked their usual creativity and fluency.

But Arsenal, their performance as sloppy and error-strewn as West Brom's was inspired and purposeful, looked a long way from being title contenders.

Sunderland had delivered an object lesson in how to contain Arsenal last weekend, pressing and harrying to deny the Gunners space and time, but only in the final throes of the game were West Brom forced to settle into a similar pattern.

If anything, until Nasri led a belated Arsenal fightback, it was West Brom who looked more credible title aspirants, although they first had to overcome a difficult start.

Perhaps betraying understandable unease at the prospect of facing an Arsenal attack that had previously been in electric form at home, scoring 16 goals in three games in all competitions, the Albion defence made a hash of a routine early clearance.

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A series of attempts to usher the ball away ricocheted around the box, a skewed skyward punt followed, and the danger was finally snuffed out only when Jonas Olsson hacked down Emmanuel Eboue, earning a yellow card.

West Brom were soon in trouble again as Eboue swung in a cross from the right and Andrey Arshavin, nipping in ahead of Brunt, side-footed against the post.

Briefly, Arsenal threatened to click into gear as Marouane Chamakh headed a Sagna cross wide before Nasri drove a low 25-yard effort just the wrong side of Scott Carson's left-hand upright.

But it proved a false dawn for Arsenal, and as West Brom began to press and close down their vaunted opponents, the home side looked increasingly discomfited.

Arsenal should have fallen behind when Almunia raced off his line before bringing down Odemwingie on the edge of the area.

It was a poor challenge and the Premier League's youngest referee, Michael Oliver, who had a quietly impressive afternoon, rightly pointed to the spot.

Brunt's penalty, struck low to Almunia's right, was weak, and the Arsenal keeper redeemed himself by getting down quickly to smother the danger.

The Spaniard apparently injured his shoulder in the initial challenge and received treatment at the break, but questions will inevitably be raised about his second-half performance.

Di Matteo praises courageous West Brom

There was little Almunia could do when Thomas, cutting in from the left, wriggled past Sagna to provide Odemwingie with an easy finish.

But he was clearly at fault for West Brom's second, scored by Jara after he had danced through the Arsenal defence. The Spaniard fumbled the Chile international's shot, which went in off his arms as he crouched to gather the ball.

Almunia was equally at fault for the visitors' third, inexplicably racing out to meet Brunt's run into the right-hand side of the area, a manoeuvre which left the Baggies midfielder with the simple task of squaring for Thomas, who gleefully slotted home.

Three down in their own backyard, a rocked Arsenal finally stirred.

Nasri led the rearguard action, shuddering the bar from range before lashing in his third and fourth goals of the week following his Carling Cup exploits against Tottenham.

But West Brom, inspired by the obduracy of a defence brilliantly marshalled by Olsson, hung on for a memorable victory which will inevitably raise questions about Arsenal's title credentials ahead of next Sunday's trip to Chelsea.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

"It was a poor performance, defensively and offensively. Not one player performed to their level.

"We had an off day and were not good enough to win the game.

"We didn't give up, that was the one positive, but we started the game too late and we have to learn from that."

West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo:

"I would say we deserved it, the way we played, the way we created chances, scored goals and played very well.

"We pressed them very high, we pressed them all over the pitch. We managed not to let them play their usual way.

"And when we had the ball we passed it very well and created chances ourselves.

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 2-3 West Brom FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Nasri 75
  • Nasri 90+1
  • Odemwingie 50
  • Jara 52
  • Thomas 73

Arsenal

Substitutes

West Brom

Substitutes

Ref: OliverAtt: 60,025
ARSENAL
WEST BROM

Possession

  • Arsenal 49%
  • West Brom 51%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 12
  • West Brom 5

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 12
  • West Brom 2

Corners

  • Arsenal 16
  • West Brom 4

Fouls

  • Arsenal 15
  • West Brom 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:16 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+4:32 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.
  • 90:00+3:59 Corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin, save by Scott Carson.
  • 90:00+3:33 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin, save by Scott Carson.
  • 90:00+2:21 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 90:00+0:11 Assist by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 90:00+0:11 GOAL - Samir NasriArsenal 2 - 3 West Brom Samir Nasri grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-3 West Brom.
  • 89:13 Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Odemwingie on Tomas Rosicky. The ball is crossed by Jack Wilshere, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 88:46 Foul by Somen Tchoyi on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
  • 85:20 Bacary Sagna concedes a free kick for a foul on Somen Tchoyi. Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 82:35 Substitution (West Brom) makes a substitution, with Somen Tchoyi coming on for Jerome Thomas.
  • 81:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Carlos Alberto Vela on Ibanez Pablo. Scott Carson takes the free kick.
  • 81:25 Peter Odemwingie concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Song. Alex Song restarts play with the free kick.
  • 79:40 Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 79:40 Booking Tomas Rosicky goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 79:30 Steven Reid fouled by Tomas Rosicky, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 78:25 Jerome Thomas is ruled offside. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
  • 77:04 Substitution Graham Dorrans on for James Morrison.
  • 75:38 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 74:14 Bacary Sagna provided the assist for the goal.
  • 74:14 GOAL - Samir NasriArsenal 1 - 3 West Brom Samir Nasri scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-3 West Brom.
  • 73:56 Samir Nasri takes a shot.
  • 72:09 Assist on the goal came from Chris Brunt.
  • 72:09 GOAL - Jerome ThomasArsenal 0 - 3 West Brom Jerome Thomas scores a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 0-3 West Brom.
  • 70:39 Substitution Steven Reid on for Paul Scharner.
  • 70:06 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the right by-line, Paul Scharner makes a clearance.
  • 68:19 Gael Clichy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner. Direct free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 68:04 Samir Nasri takes a outswinging corner.
  • 67:16 Direct free kick taken by Jack Wilshere. Samir Nasri takes a shot.
  • 67:16 Booking Paul Scharner booked.
  • 67:10 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Paul Scharner, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 66:31 Corner taken by Carlos Alberto Vela from the left by-line played to the near post.
  • 66:12 Corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin to the near post, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.
  • 65:52 Short corner worked by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 65:49 Samir Nasri takes a shot.
  • 65:35 Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky from the right by-line.
  • 65:15 Substitution Laurent Koscielny leaves the field to be replaced by Carlos Alberto Vela.
  • 64:21 Alex Song takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 62:44 Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 62:44 Booking Marouane Chamakh receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 62:38 Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Carson.
  • 62:14 Free kick awarded for a foul by James Morrison on Gael Clichy. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 62:05 Peter Odemwingie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 61:19 Peter Odemwingie challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
  • Correction - 57:33 Samir Nasri takes a shot. Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Scharner. Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, clearance made by Chris Brunt.
  • 57:33 Alex Song takes a shot. Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Paul Scharner gets a block in. Corner from the left by-line taken by Andrey Arshavin, Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.
  • 55:46 Substitution Tomas Rosicky replaces Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 55:46 Substitution Jack Wilshere joins the action as a substitute, replacing Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 54:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emmanuel Eboue on Youssouf Mulumbu. Direct free kick taken by Ibanez Pablo.
  • 53:53 Foul by Chris Brunt on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
  • 52:47 Inswinging corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line played to the near post, Chris Brunt manages to make a clearance.
  • 52:28 Booking The referee shows Gonzalo Jara a yellow card.
  • 51:30 Chris Brunt provided the assist for the goal.
  • 51:30 GOAL - Gonzalo JaraArsenal 0 - 2 West Brom Gonzalo Jara fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-2 West Brom.
  • 51:12 Free kick taken by Ibanez Pablo.
  • 51:12 Booking The referee shows Laurent Koscielny a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 51:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Morrison by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 49:35 Assist on the goal came from Jerome Thomas.
  • 49:35 GOAL - Peter OdemwingieArsenal 0 - 1 West Brom Peter Odemwingie gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 West Brom.
  • 48:19 The referee blows for offside against James Morrison. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
  • 47:50 James Morrison takes a inswinging corner.
  • 46:43 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 46:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Laurent Koscielny. Paul Scharner takes the direct free kick.
  • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:57 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+2:19 Andrey Arshavin takes a outswinging corner.
  • 45:00+1:29 Jerome Thomas challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Headed cross/shot by Bacary Sagna, save made by Scott Carson.
  • 43:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.
  • 41:21 Corner taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Sebastien Squillaci goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 40:26 Jerome Thomas challenges Alex Song unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is delivered by Andrey Arshavin, Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Ibanez Pablo gets a block in.
  • 38:49 Corner taken by Chris Brunt, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Paul Scharner goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 37:16 A save by Manuel Almunia from penalty by Chris Brunt. Arsenal 0-0 West Brom.
  • 36:34 Booking Manuel Almunia is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
  • 36:24 Unfair challenge on Peter Odemwingie by Manuel Almunia results in a Penalty.
  • 35:05 Samir Nasri produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 34:21 Foul by Gonzalo Jara on Andrey Arshavin, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Samir Nasri, Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 33:40 Emmanuel Eboue sends in a cross, Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line played to the near post, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.
  • 32:53 Marouane Chamakh concedes a free kick for a foul on Gonzalo Jara. Ibanez Pablo takes the direct free kick.
  • 30:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Peter Odemwingie. Indirect free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.
  • 28:52 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Indirect free kick taken by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 27:26 The ball is delivered by Nicky Shorey, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
  • 26:54 Corner taken by James Morrison from the left by-line, Sebastien Squillaci manages to make a clearance.
  • 26:24 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Brunt, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 25:47 Peter Odemwingie takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 24:41 Sebastien Squillaci concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 24:02 Long distance shot from Samir Nasri misses to the left of the goal.
  • 23:35 Peter Odemwingie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
  • 23:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Scharner by Alex Song. Nicky Shorey takes the direct free kick.
  • 21:51 Foul by Gonzalo Jara on Emmanuel Eboue, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andrey Arshavin from left wing, Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 20:00 Peter Odemwingie concedes a free kick for a foul on Laurent Koscielny. Vassiriki Diaby restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:09 Bacary Sagna gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 18:50 Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the right by-line.
  • 18:22 The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
  • 16:46 Peter Odemwingie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.
  • 15:50 The ball is sent over by Manuel Almunia.
  • 14:37 Effort on goal by Samir Nasri from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 13:11 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot from inside the six-yard box that strikes the post. Samir Nasri produces a left-footed shot from close range and bounces off the post. Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, Header by Bacary Sagna from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 12:11 Emmanuel Eboue produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • Correction - 10:52 Paul Scharner has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 10:52 Paul Scharner produces a left-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.
  • 10:09 Bacary Sagna challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Paul Scharner from the free kick.
  • Correction - 8:50 Strike comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick. Shot by Bacary Sagna from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 8:50 Shot on goal comes in from Samir Nasri from the free kick. Shot by Bacary Sagna from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 8:50 Booking Jonas Olsson shown a yellow card.
  • Correction - 8:35 Emmanuel Eboue fouled by Jonas Olsson, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 8:35 Jonas Olsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue.
  • 8:07 Gael Clichy takes a shot. Blocked by Ibanez Pablo.
  • 6:44 Youssouf Mulumbu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Song. Free kick crossed right-footed by Bacary Sagna from right channel.
  • 5:12 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jerome Thomas. Sebastien Squillaci restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 19 15
2 Arsenal 6 9 11
3 Man Utd 5 7 11
4 Man City 6 5 11
5 West Brom 6 -3 10
6 Fulham 6 1 8
7 Tottenham 6 1 8
8 Blackburn 6 0 8
9 Newcastle 5 2 7
10 Sunderland 6 0 7
11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
12 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
13 Blackpool 6 -5 7
14 Bolton 5 -1 6
15 Liverpool 6 -3 6
16 Wolves 5 -2 5
17 Wigan 6 -11 5
18 Stoke 5 -3 4
19 West Ham 6 -9 4
20 Everton 6 -3 3

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