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4 May 2014
• Emirates Stadium, London
Referee: M. Jones
• Attendance: 60021
O. Giroud 14'
West Bromwich Albion
That's it from me, Harry Slavin. Thanks to all of you for joining me today. Until next time, it's goodbye for now.
West Brom aren't quite safe yet, and they did have a chance today to pick something up. The likelihood hood is that it wont matter too much though. So long as Norwich lose at Stamford Bridge.
FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 WEST BROM. It wasn't the most dazzling victory but Arsenal maintain that winning habit at the expense of the Baggies. It's a satisfying end to a season at the Emirates that started with that chastening defeat at the hands of Villa.
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Graham Dorrans
90' + 1'
Yellow Card Olivier Giroud
90' + 1'
Into three minutes of stoppage time we go then. Giroud and Dorrans are both booked for an altercation off the ball. They went head to head but referee Jones thinks a booking apiece is enough.
Berahino may fail to see the funny side of this but the Arsenal fans haven't. The young striker is released down the right but he falls flat on his face with no one around him in pursuit.
It was at this stage in Newcastle's game against Cardiff yesterday that Loic Remy netted. Why do I mention that, you ask? Because the striker is here today watching Arsenal. Make of that what you will.
Dawson sends another header over the bar and then Anichebe fails to pick out Dorrans with a pass as another WBA attack breaks down. This game isn't over yet.
Berahino sees his cross turned behind for a corner. The Baggies are definitely going for it now as Vydra comes on for Mulumbu for the final five minutes.
Yellow Card Chris Brunt
It's up and over the wall but Foster is across to make a comfortable save. The decent atmosphere that filled the Emirates in the opening minutes has subsided here and it's all gone a bit quiet.
Berahino takes out Ozil from behind to present the home side with a decent shooting opportunity. The German will take it himself.
Mel does change things. He brings on 'super sub' Anichebe for the final few moments. Wenger also makes his final change as Vermaelen is on for Monreal.
Just over ten minutes to go and we've still seen just the one goal. Arsenal look quite happy with their lot. It's up to Mel to change things around if West Brom want to take something from this.
POST! Arsenal really should have this one wrapped up. A lovely move down the left sees Ozil cut the ball back into the area. It falls behind everyone but a poor touch from a WBA defender puts the ball in the path of Podolski, whose sliced half-volley comes off the post before hitting Foster on the shoulder.
A great opportunity for Ozil to wrap this game up! He dances his way into the area but he can't get his shot on target as it slithers wide of the far post.
Craig Dawson sends a looping header over the bar from yet another WBA corner. It wasn't a clear cut chance but that Arsenal defence does look to be creaking, just a little bit.
Arsenal make their second change of the game as Cazorla comes off and on comes Rosicky. Meanwhile Szczesny collects a weak free kick from WBA.
This a good little spell for WBA. They've forced a number of corners in quick succession and have Arsenal on the back foot. The only thing they haven't done is create a clear opening.
A great low cross from Brunt on the left tries to pick out Berahino. Mertesacker has to get his tackle perfect to put the ball behind for a corner, and he does.
Yellow Card Monreal
First substitution of the game as Kim Kallstrom comes on for Arteta. Moments later Monreal picks up the first booking of the match for blatantly pulling back Sessegnon right under Mike Jones' nose.
Ozil is beginning to pull the strings now. He links up with Podolski whose cross is turned behind for yet another corner. Arsenal turning up the heat on WBA now.
Ozil has barely featured this afternoon for the home side but he gets involved here and delivers a great ball across the six-yard box that is missed by everyone.
The ball drops for Podolski in the WBA box but he just can't get the ball out from under his feet to test Foster. Giroud has the same problem when the ball breaks to him and he's crowded out by Baggies defenders.
A rash piece of defending from Monreal presents WBA with half a chance. The Spaniard dives in on the half-way line and Sessegnon skips away from him with ease. Sagna comes across and does well to quell the danger, preventing the former Sunderland man from picking out Berahino in the area.
Cazorla fires in a zipping low cross that is deflected behind for a corner. They've already scored from one set piece today but they can't add a second here as the visitors clear.
Arsenal are just stroking the ball around in the sun at the moment. West Brom aren't putting much pressure on the ball and that could spell trouble if they allow Wenger's side the freedom to look for that telling pass.
West Brom have a free kick inside the Arsenal half but it's easily cleared by the home side. They need to do better from those positions, especially when they are bringing up their big guns from the back.
Cazorla is almost in immediately but the ball trying to find him has just too much pace on it and the Spaniard can't quite get there. An early warning shot for West Brom.
Away we go then for the second period. Can Arsenal build on their first-half dominance?
The teams are back out and we are about to get back underway at the Emirates.
HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 1-0 WEST BROM. The hosts lead at the break and they are good value for it. Giroud's header has set them on their way to celebrating fourth spot in style, but the Baggies are by no means out of this just yet.
45' + 1'
We are into two minutes of added time now. Lugano's poor clearance finds Flamini on the edge of the box but Foster is able to hold his effort.
A few fouls have littered this first half and there are a couple of interesting match ups appearing. Flamini and Berahino have exchanged words on a couple of occasions now.
More desperate defending from WBA prevents Giroud from getting his shot away on the edge of the area. Their finding quite a bit of space Arsenal and the visitors are living dangerously.
Just five minutes until the break. It was a slow start to this one but the chances have picked up for both teams in the past few minutes.
A corner for West Brom delivers a real chance for Dawson. He rises unchallenged to meet the set piece but plants his header way over the bar. A poor effort.
Cazorla! The little Spaniard fires low and hard towards goal at the end of another flowing Arsenal move, but Foster is alert to get down and turn the ball behind.
An awful mistake from Monreal gives Berahino another shooting opportunity but his shot flies just over the bar. A few reminders for the hosts that WBA are still in this.
A testing moment for Szczesny. Dorrans unleashes a rasping shot that almost catches the keeper out. It's palmed back into danger but Berahino was in an offside position as he latches on to it.
Back up and running, Arsenal are straight back in possession. They've had 70 per cent of the ball so far. Absolutely dominant.
Flamini now has his shot blocked as Arsenal continue their search for a second. Dawson makes the brave challenge but it looks as though it may have winded him. We've stopped for a bit of treatment.
Foster makes an important save with his feet as Arsenal threaten once more. Lugano's header at the back only serves to put his team under more pressure and the keeper has to block Podolski's low cross with his feet, with Giroud waiting to tap home at the back post.
An audacious effort from Morrison attempts to catch Szczesny off his line from just inside the Arsenal half. He doesn't find the target, but the keeper may have been struggling if he did.
Dorrans has a cross blocked behind for a corner as Sagna gets across to stop it. The corner is met by Mulumbu but his knock-back can't find a team-mate.
A dangerous ball picks out Podolski on the right and his ball into the box has to be turned behind by Chris Brunt for a corner. Arsenal have been targeting the makeshift left-back but up until now he's done okay.
Arsene Wenger is able to share a joke with his assistant on the bench. He's pretty happy with what he's seen so far.
Arsenal don't look content with just one and they're immediately back on the attack after going in front. This could get messy for Pepe Mel's side.
Assist Santi Cazorla
Goal Olivier Giroud
GOOOAAALLL!!! GIROUD FOR ARSENAL!!! From the corner, Arsenal take the lead. Giroud has proven this season that he's lethal in the air and he shows his aerial prowess once more, meeting Cazorla's corner at the front post.
CHANCE! The ball breaks kindly to Cazorla on the edge of the area and his lethal strike looks goalbound - but a desperate block from Mulumbu sends the ball over the bar for a corner.
The home side are just beginning to turn the screw here. They've penned WBA back inside their own half and they can't get out!
A bright start this from both sides. Arsenal have another opportunity but Podolski's effort can't find the target.
Berahino has a real chance for WBA here as he's slipped in behind the Arsenal defence. He goes for goal instead of squaring it back across the box and Szczesny gets down well to save.
Nice play from Arsenal creates the first opening of the afternoon. Ozil's cross finds Giroud who lays the ball back into the path of Podolski, but he flashes his shot wide.
Arsenal enjoying some early possession as the Emirates gets uncharacteristically loud. Foster picks off Sagna's cross to bring to an end the first meaningful attack.
Away we go in the North London sunshine! It's a glorious day for football in the capital.
The teams are out in London and we are about to get underway!
It looked for a while that Pepe Mel's West Brom were going to be in a relegation dogfight but a win against West Ham and defeats for Cardiff and Fulham yesterday means the Baggies are almost safe. Even if they don't get anything from the Emirates, defeat for Norwich later will ensure their top flight status.
WEST BROM XI: (4-3-3) Foster; Brunt, Olsson, Lugano, Dawson; Amalfitano, Mulumbu, Morrison; Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino
ARSENAL XI:(4-2-3-1) Szczesny; Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal; Flamini, Arteta; Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski; Giroud
We are about a quarter of an hour away from kick off so let's get some team news.
Without kicking a ball yesterday, Arsenal secured qualification for the Champions League thanks to Everton's defeat at the hands of Manchester City. That will come as a huge relief to Arsene Wenger and his side after it looked as though the Merseysiders may pip them to fourth spot.
Good afternoon and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and West Brom. I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through the action, kick by kick. Let's get cracking shall we?
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