Arsenal 1-0 West Brom: match report


Arsenal hosted West Bromwich Albion today at the Emirates stadium and with both teams secure in their places in the table the match felt more like a slumber party than a football match.

It took 16 minutes but Arsenal were the first to wake from their sleep when Cazorla’s corner found Giroud’s head and the ball found Mulumbu’s leg before finding the net. It was a dream start and Arsenal’s 8th goal from a set play this season. Liverpool have 23 goals from set plays and Man City have 19. That’s not counting penalties. Counting penalties Arsenal have 11 goals from set plays, Liverpool 33, and Man City 25. I say that for no other reason but to make you angry and because I am 7amkickoff, this is what I do.

Up 1-0 and slumbering through the game, West Brom nearly woke Arsenal in the 32nd minute when Dorrans the Explorer took a wicked shot from outside the box. The ball dipped right in front of Szczesny and he spilled the ball right to the onrushing Berahino. Berahino’s shot found row z and he was spared blushes when the sideline official brought fourth the flag.

The game stirred for a minute after West Brom forced another turnover in Arsenal’s final third, this time on Özil, and Bearahino had a curling effort go straight to the same fans he just shot into. Maybe he hates those people? Maybe it’s a message? Dreams are often hard to interpret.

Arsenal responded with a quick counter. Koscielny tackled the ball away, Flamini cleaned up the garbage and played forward to Özil who spotted Podolski steaming in to the West Brom box, a neat little pass put the German in and his drag-back found Cazorla at the top of the box for a shot low and in the corner which was well saved.

From there, the game slipped back into a dream. Flamini and Sessegnon had a little talk after Sessegnon tackled his ankle instead of the ball. Flamini was angry but quickly realized a stupid foul would mean he missed the FA Cup final.  So, I think he asked Sessegnon nicely not to tackle his ankles or he will have to blind him.

Both teams peeked at the clock, 33 minutes gone, and decided to slap the snooze button.

The second half started the same as the first. West Brom stirred a bit in their pyjamas, scratched their nether regions and then rolled over.  Arsenal yawned and realized they should probably get up and brush their teeth.

Did I just see Özil sprinting back to cover on defense? His touch has been dreamy all day but covering on defense too?

Arteta gives way to Kallstrom amid great applause from the Arsenal crowd.

We have been informed that Loic Remy is watching in the stands, Mandzukic is rumored to be watching at home on TV, Draxler is listening to the game on the radio, and Diego Costa is going to read about the game in tomorrow’s paper.

Oh man, Özil just did this neat little dribble down the touch line. What was that? And a slide tackle? What is going on? I thought Arsenal were supposed to be asleep. Is it me? I did get up late.

Arsenal bring on Rosicky for Cazorla. More applause.

Özil is easily the man of the match here. He has a nice little shot, tried to be cute and chips it just wide. He plays in a cross for Giroud to head just wide. Podolski finds him with a through ball and he crosses to Olsson who passes to Podolski. Poldi hits the crossbar. Özil is everywhere. Özil is everything.

Nacho off, Vermaelen on. Amalfitano off, Anichebe on. We are informed that Anichebe likes to score against big teams.

Anichebe gives Arsenal a little scare, in the 92nd minute, backing his ample frame into Sagna and then turning to shoot. It took an intervention from Mertesacker to prevent a shot.

The contest comes to a close as Arsenal open one eye, roll over, and decide to have a lap around the kitchen. Searching for a cup of coffee, whilst whistling about “going to Wemberly”.


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