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Arsenal 2 West Brom 3 – What Went Wrong at the Emirates?

By Minal Vachheta

Arsenal hosted West Brom at the Emirates and after a successful mid week carling cup tie; they were seen to be the favourites for today. The Baggies had a penalty saved in the first half and it looked like the game wouldn’t go their way today that was until they took the lead early in the second half with a shot from Peter Odemwingie. They then scored their second goal 2 minutes later, the Gunners hadn’t had much chance to recover from the first goal and before they knew it they were 2-0 down at home. Gonzalo Jara scored the second in the 52nd minute, Jerome Thomas playing against his ex team Arsenal, scored West Brom’s third goal in the 73rd minute. Almunia was at fault for both the second and the third goals. Samir Nasri got Arsenal’s attack going with two late goals but it was too late in the day and they couldn’t find a third to salvage a point.

So what went wrong?

Arsene Wenger says

“I didn’t recognise my team today.”

Arsenal’s performance was a far cry from their mid week performance. It was sloppy and lacked focus. It was obvious that they were missing their injured captain Cesc Fabregas, Robin Van Persie and Theo Walcott.

West Brom on the other hand were ready for a battle at the Emirates, they were sharp and dedicated. They have had a good week after knocking Man City out of the Carling cup mid week and have now claimed their first away win in 18 premier league games. The Baggies had purpose, they knew what they wanted and got their 3 points.

Arsenal had a brief attacking moment before Nasri scored Arsenal’s double where they looked threatening Chamakh headed wide and Nasri shot wide. They never looked comfortable, as West Brom kept the pressure on.

This defeat has definitely put a dent in Arsenal’s challenge for the title and has certainly given them something to think about for their trip to Chelsea next Sunday. Chelsea dropped 3 points at Man City today and this was Arsenal’s chance to close the gap between them both. You can watch all the goals here.

Are Arsenal’s title hopes in danger?



  1. Ibrahim

    September 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    was not our day. One of the comments was very clever; bringing young players (2-3) is very good in this type of matches.Iit is at home, and they will show great detemination and work rate. We missed that a little bit yesterday.

    Fabrigas could have made the difference in the first half already, Im sure of that. I said before and I say it now, we are not the same without him.

    Nasri and Whilshere were the only two players who did their job correct. Nasri did very well, In other circumstances he could have been the man of the match for us for his performance.

    Chelsea can have a bad day too. They were also bad yesterday. United can not win when they travell, they prove that today too. I believe a win next week for us will bring the optimism back. It is still early to make judjments. I know a lot of fans have a lot of doubts about our team, but I m convinced we are more than capable of winnig the game next week and even winning the leagues.

  2. Minal Vachheta

    September 26, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    i am an arsenal fan have been for longer than i can remember and i love the team with all my heart, but i honestly dont think we’re going to have a fruitful season.

    I know all teams have off days but our off days are more frequent than others, also we can’t get anywhere when our keeper doesnt know how to keep the ball out of the net.

    During the winter transfers if we switch goalies and work harder on concentrating we will get somewhere.

    Everyone knows how great our game can be but they need to keep it consistent/

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