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West Brom hold Arsenal at the Hawthorns

Posted on December 31, 2017 by David Nugent

West Brom held Arsenal to a frustrating 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.

The home side offered the first threat on goal on seven minutes. Matt Phillips chipped a good ball into Jay Rodriguez, whose header failed to trouble Petr Cech.

The Gunners offered their first threat on the home goal on nine minutes. Alexandre Lacazette picked up the ball on the edge of the area and found space. However, the striker’s effort deflected wide of goal off a Baggies defender.

The visitors threatened again four minutes later. This time Alex Iwobi found space just inside the area and curled an effort a few yards wide of the top corner.

The home side saw a Chris Brunt free-kick go well off target on 27 minutes, as the home looked to gain a vital opening goal. On the half-hour mark, Ben Foster produced a rather unorthodox save from an Iwobi effort from the right side of the box.

On 38 minutes, Sead Kolasinac limped off after earlier picking up an injury. Youngster Ainsley Maitland Niles replaced the former Schalke star.

The second period started in a very scrappy manner. It took until the 56th minute for the first attempt on goal, as Baggies centre-back Ahmed Hegazi scooped an effort wide when under pressure.

Just before the hour mark, Arsenal came close to taking the lead. Lacazette produced a good first touch into the box before he saw a low shot kept out well by Foster in the West Brom goal. Soon afterwards the French striker poked just wide of the Baggies goal after getting in front of Jonny Evans.

The Gunners started to show more going forward and Alexis Sanchez fired an effort into the side netting from the left edge of the area. Iwobi tried a long-range effort on 73 minutes that Foster saved quite comfortably.

West Brom showed a rare threat on 77 minutes, as Cech had to parry a Jay Rodriguez effort from the edge of the Arsenal area. Arsenal took the lead on 83 minutes. Alexis Sanchez hit a free-kick from the edge of the box that took a deflection off James McLean before beating Foster in the Baggies goal.

The home side were awarded a penalty on 88 minutes. Calum Chambers was adjudged to have handled Kieran Gibbs cross. Jay Rodriguez made no mistake with the resulting spot-kick.

In the third minute of stoppage-time, Sanchez fired wide with a shot from distance. The effort was the last of the game. Arsenal underperformed, but the Gunners will feel aggrieved at the penalty decision.

The Gunners moved up to fifth place in the table, but trail fourth-place Liverpool by three points.

Did Arsenal deserve to win at the Hawthorns?

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