Danny Downs Baggies, Santi Shines
Danny Welbeck’s header ensured Arsenal triumphed yet again over West Brom, but Santi Cazorla was the star of the show.
In a match that was short on quality, the most notable moment of the first half came when West Brom keeper Ben Foster tried to dribble past Olivier Giroud and promptly lost the ball — the Frenchman’s followup shot skimming just wide.
The only moment of magic was the goal. Cazorla injected a burst of pace down the left wing, left André Wisdom for dead, and produced a pin-point cross for Danny Welbeck to head in for his third league goal since joining the Gunners.
In truth, until the last twenty minutes, West Brom offered nothing at all. In fact, they didn’t have their first shot until midway through the second half.
West Brom did rally though, and hit the bar late on through Berahino. However, their efforts were in vain, particularly after the introduction of substitute Georgios Samaras.
West Brom ratings:
Foster 6— made good saves, but a few howlers too
Wisdom 5 — at fault for Arsenal’s goal
Dawson 6 — unspectacular but solid
Lescott 6 — didn’t have much to do
Pocognoli 6 — went off injured but was steady
Mulumbu 5 — totally anonymous
Gardner 6 — tried to create, no end product
Dorrans 5 — below par performance from the Scot
Sessegnon 6— occasional threat, inconsistent
Brunt 6 — worked hard, never stopped running
Berahino 7 — West Brom’s biggest threat, hit the bar
Gamboa 4— got booked, liability
Anichebe 5 — offered nothing
Samaras 5 — looked uninterested and lazy
Martinez 6 — barely had anything to do
Chambers 7 — solid and dealt well with Brunt and Berahino
Koscielny 6 — return to the first team could have gone better, outjumped by Berahino for West Brom’s big chance
Mertesacker 7 — steady and did the simple things well
Monreal 5 — injured after 20 minutes
Ramsey 6 — signs the Welshman is returning to his best form
Flamini 6 — no outstanding moments but did well
Sánchez 6 — an oddly quiet game from the Chilean
Cazorla 8 — StaRating man of the match, constant threat and assisted the goal
Welbeck 7 — took his goal well, got himself in good positions
Giroud 6 — possibly should have scored following Foster’s howler
Gibbs 7— solid defensively, good going forward too
Oxlade-Chamberlain 6 — pace to burn, impact sub could be his role for now
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