West Brom 1 Arsenal 1 – Jack Wilshere helps Gunners stay top and unbeaten
Arsenal’s assignment at The Hawthorns was always going to be a difficult one and so it proved on Sunday, with West Brom serving it up to the Gunners and taking a first-half lead against the Premier League table-toppers.
October 6th, 2013
Claudio Yacob was the unlikely scorer for the Baggies after the midfielder powered home a header shortly before the break, with midfield partner Mulumbu helping to stifle Arsenal’s midfield play.
Both teams created their fair share of chances throughout the ninety minutes, with Steve Clarke setting his team up with an adventurous formation which saw Saido Berahino start alongside the impressive Stephane Sessegnon and former Arsenal player Nicolas Anelka.
It was the player who lit up Old Trafford last week who assisted Yacob’s goal on Sunday, with Morgan Amalfitano’s delivery inch-perfect and ensuring that the home fans were a goal to the good going into half-time.
However, Arsenal were determined to preserve their eleven-match unbeaten run and Jack Wilshere was able to take advantage of some bright movement between Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky, with the English midfielder powering the ball past Boaz Myhill.
Arsenal go into the international break top of the table and Arsene Wenger was full of praise for the performance despite failing to win the game. Steve Clarke was also pleased with the West Brom display and felt his team could have won the match.
“I’m pleased with the players for another good game against another top team,” said the Scot.
“On the back of what we did at Old Trafford four points from these two games is a good return for us.
“But it’s not just the fact we’re getting results against top teams it’s that we’re in the game. We look a good team.
“It was a good game between two good teams. I thought we more than deserved the point.”