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October 6, 2013 11:00 PM MYT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 24839‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 1-1 Arsenal

The home side took the lead after an unmarked header from Claudio Yacob found the net but Jack Wilshere rescued a point with a stunning strike from the edge of the box

By Tom Davis at The Hawthorns

  • B. Myhill
    5
    5
    3.00

    B. Myhill

    Could do little about Wilshere's thunderbolt from distance which was too sweetly struck. He got down low well to deny Giroud at close range.

  • Jonas Olsson
    2
    6
    3.00

    Jonas Olsson

    Nearly trod on the ball and collided with his own player in the early stages yet won most aerial battles with Giroud and made timely tackles. Still looked a little error prone, but an improved performance.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    2
    5
    2.50

    Liam Ridgewell

    Gave his side great width going forward which in turn allowed Berahino to get so much of the ball. Looked flaky in defence at times and didn't do enough to stop balls into the box.

  • Gareth McAuley
    2
    5
    3.50

    Gareth McAuley

    He looked at ease in the first half, standing up strong to Wilshere when he drifted inside and not giving him much room.

  • Billy Jones
    2
    5
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Tried a number of long balls down the line but with just Anelka to aim for they often came to nothing.

  • Claudio Yacob
    3
    7
    2.50

    Claudio Yacob

    Strolled into the box unmarked to put his side ahead with his first ever goal at the club, making his first real impression on the game after one or two clumsy challenges.

  • Morgan Amalfitano
    2
    5
    3.00

    Morgan Amalfitano

    Didn't hog the right wing as much as he did in his sensational performance in their last home game. Fired in numerous crosses into the box and eventually saw one find the net off Yacob. Replaced as he left the pitch with a knock.

  • Youssouf Mulumbu
    3
    5
    3.00

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    Strong and assured on the ball when in tight situations but seemed frustrated by his teammates on a few occassions. Challenged Wilshere in the box with a sliding tackle as he got a touch of the ball, but seen them go against some players.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    4
    5
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Ever-present in the final third and at the heart of most of their creative moves going forward. Unlucky not to get on the score-sheet as his play merited it in the first half but replaced in the second.

  • Saido Berahino
    4
    5
    4.00

    Saido Berahino Top of the Match

    Real bright performance as he made his first league start. He made strong runs and hit several decent attempts on goal, coming close with a deflected effort and seting up Anelka for a tap-in after breaking in his own half.

  • Nicolas Anelka
    3
    5
    3.00

    Nicolas Anelka

    Chased some half-hearted balls down the line and dropped in deep at times but missed a guilt-edged chance just yards out after he couldn't adjust his feet. Narrowly missed the post with a shot minutes later but grew into the game.

Substitutions

  • James Morrison
    2
    5
    2.00

    James Morrison

    Replaced Sessegnon in the second half but didnn't have long enough to make an impact.

  • Chris Brunt
    2
    4
    2.00

    Chris Brunt

    Came on for Amalifitano with not long left in the game.

  • Shane Long
    2
    5
    2.50

    Shane Long

    Entered the fray in place of Anelka when the score was level and immediately thrust into action with a clumsy aerial challenge on Jenkinson. Nearly threaded a fine ball over the top for Berahino.

  • Wojciech Szczesny
    16
    3
    3.00

    Wojciech Szczesny

    A deflected effort from Berahino in the first half had him fumbling accross his goal. Did well to push a stinging shot from Jones away from goal in the second.

  • Per Mertesacker
    13
    6
    2.50

    Per Mertesacker

    Looked slow at times and the pace of Berahino gave him troubles down the left-hand side.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    13
    4
    2.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Only had one man at a time to deal with up front but the interchanging of Sessegnon and Anelka - forming a strong partnership already - caused problems at times.

  • Carl Jenkinson
    9
    11
    2.50

    Carl Jenkinson

    The 21-year-old slipped in at right back with Bacary Sagna out injured. He made some strong runs forward but was caught out in possession and Berahino evaded him one too many times.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    11
    9
    2.00

    Kieran Gibbs Flop of the Match

    Dived into a few challenges when he should have stayed on his feet then seemed to be unaware of Yacbob's presence in the box for the opening goal.

  • Mikel Arteta
    7
    7
    2.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Started brightly and looked to help dictate the play but shrunk as the game went on.

  • Jack Wilshere
    15
    11
    3.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Looked weak at times out on the left and didn't offer enough width. Poor first half but got his side back into the game from nowhere with a stunning drive from distance and could have scored the winner had it not been for a late Mulumbu tackle.

  • Mesut Özil
    20
    4
    2.50

    Mesut Özil

    Not as sharp as he has been since joining on deadline day and wasn't direct enough to make an impact in the first half. Better performance in the second and started the move for the equaliser.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    13
    4
    3.00

    Aaron Ramsey

    Read the game well making some smart interceptions and dropping the ball off deep, whilst also providing breaks from midfield. Eventually replaced in the second half.

  • Mathieu Flamini
    11
    5
    2.50

    Mathieu Flamini

    Helped keep the flow of the game for the visitors early on but placed a nasty challenge on Amalifitano to earn the game's first booking.

  • Olivier Giroud
    9
    7
    2.50

    Olivier Giroud

    Matched for strength by Olsson at the back but managed to get a strong shot on goal in the first half. Forced a fine save from Myhill in the second but could have perhaps hit it earlier instead of taking a touch.

Substitutions

  • Tomas Rosicky
    20
    4
    3.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Introduced into the game in the second half in place of Ramsey when his side weren't showing enough in the attacking third and they looked better off for it. Made an instant impact with a neat lay-off for Wilshere's leveller.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    12
    6
    2.00

    Nicklas Bendtner

    He came on as the game neared it's conclusions to chants of 'Super Nicklas Bendtner'. He didn't have an opportunity to repay those fans however.

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