When you face a Tony Pulis side you know you’re in for a physical battle, and that was very much the case last night.
The Baggies had four players booked, were lucky not to see Craig Dawson sent off, and committed 17 fouls during the 90 minutes. As a player new to English football it’s the kind of game that can take some getting used to, but Arsene Wenger insisted that new boy Alexandre Lacazette wasn’t bothered in the slightest.
The French international scored twice (read the report and see the goals here), one in each half, and he just got on with things when he was on the end of a kick from one of their defenders.
The Arsenal manager sounded impressed with his record signing for his all-round game, as well as his goalscoring.
“He’s not only a goalscorer, his link up play is good,” said Wenger. “He fights as well, he’s not fazed by the physical challenges that West Brom gave us today and overall he looks to adapt very quickly and very well.”
The boss was also impressed with Mohamed Elneny, who provided energy and availability in midfield throughout the game.
“I felt that he did very well,” he said. “I am very pleased with his performance tonight, but he played on Wednesday in the League Cup, he played the week before against Cologne, so that shows as well when the guys get the games, they gain fitness and confidence.”