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October 6, 2013 11:00 PM SGT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 24839‎
 
Top of the Match
Saido Berahino
Saido Berahino
West Bromwich Albion
Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Arsenal FC
Flop of the Match
Kieran Gibbs
Kieran Gibbs
Arsenal FC
Carl Jenkinson
Carl Jenkinson
Arsenal FC

West Brom 1-1 Arsenal: Wilshere ends drought to take Gunners back top

Claudio Jacob had headed the Baggies into the lead just before the break but the England international scored his first league goal for three years to earn the Gunners a point

Mikel Arteta Olivier Giroud West Bromwich Albion Arsenal Premier League 10062013
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Arsenal came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against West Brom courtesty of Jack Wilshere's first Premier League goal in three years.

Claudio Yacob headed the home side in front shortly before half-time, only for the England international to equalise in the 63rd minute to earn his side a point.

The result brought an end to Arsenal's run of eight consecutive away league victories but it was still enough to see Arsene Wenger's men leapfrog Liverpool to go back to the summit on goals scored.

VIEW FROM THE HAWTHORNS
By Tom Davis

Arsenal end the night top of the league on goal difference but they certainly weren’t given an easy ticket there today. Steve Clarke’s side looked well organised and restricted their opponents to very little in the first half and it only took a wonderful team move and fine strike from Jack Wilshere to put the Gunners level.

Arsene Wenger missed out on setting a club-record for consecutive away victories in the Premier League but the recent form of West Brom is strong and this will be a welcome point on the road. Albion will be delighted with the stand-out performance of Saido Berahino who looks to have a bright future at the club.
West Brom boss Steve Clarke was forced into two changes from the team that started last week’s victory at Manchester United, with Saido Berahino and Nicolas Anelka replacing the injured duo of Victor Anichebe and Scott Sinclair.

Wenger also made two alterations from the midweek Champions League victory over Napoli, Carl Jenkinson coming in for the injured Bacary Sagna at right-back while Wilshere was preferred to Tomas Rosicky in midfield.

After a quiet start, the hosts were denied an opener in the 15th minute as Wojciech Szczesny dived to his right to keep out Berahino's effort.

The visitors responded strongly, Mesut Ozil picking out Kieran Gibbs on the left-hand side of the area, but the full-back blazed his effort over.

Clear sights of goal were proving rare with Myhill not tested properly until the 40th minute, getting down to his right to deny Aaron Ramsey.

But despite the visitors being on top, Yacob put West Brom in front three minutes before half-time, heading home Morgan Amalfitano's glorious right-wing cross from six yards.

It should have been 2-0 a minute into the second half, Anelka getting his feet in a muddle after being picked out six yards from goal following superb work down the left from Berahino.

And in a frantic opening to the half, Arsenal responded immediately, with Wilshere firing high and wide after being played in by Olivier Giroud.

Anelka wasted another golden opportunity to double the lead in the 52nd minute after springing the offside trap from Liam Ridgewell's pass, but with just Szczesny to beat the ex-Arsenal man placed his effort wide of the right-hand post.

West Brom were punished for their wastefulness in the 63rd minute as Arsenal equalised with a goal of real quality.

Giroud fed substitute Rosicky, whose lay-off was met first time by Wilshere 20 yards out, and his sweet strike took a slight deflection of Jonas Olsson's shin, with the ball deviating just enough to beat Myhill low to his left.

Giroud then volleyed wide when well placed in the 72nd minute before Billy Jones stung the palms of Szczesny with a rasping drive a minute later.

Myhill did brilliantly to deny Giroud in the 75th minute when it looked as though the Frenchman had rounded the goalkeeper and would tuck the ball home.

West Brom had late appeals for a penalty turned down when Laurent Koscielny bumped into Shane Long in the area, but the referee was not interested.



West Bromwich Albion

13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Jonas Olsson
Defender
54′
3.00
6
Liam Ridgewell
Defender
2.50
23
Gareth McAuley
Defender
3.50
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
2.50
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
42′
2.50
18
Morgan Amalfitano
Midfielder
42′ 89′
3.00
21
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
3.00
28
3.50
38
4.00
39
3.00

Arsenal FC

3.00
1
2.50
4
2.50
6
2.50
25
2.00
28
2.50
8
Mikel Arteta
Midfielder
3.00
10
Jack Wilshere
Midfielder
47′ 63′
2.50
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
3.00
16
Aaron Ramsey
Midfielder
59′
2.50
20
2.50
12

Substitutes

19
Luke Daniels
Goalkeeper
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4
Goran Popov
Defender
 - 
2
 - 
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
79′
2.00
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
89′
2.00
9
 - 
21
Shane Long
Striker
69′
2.50

Substitutes

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21
 - 
5
 - 
17
Monreal
Defender
3.50
7
Tomas Rosicky
Midfielder
59′ 63′
 - 
31
2.00
23
 - 
44

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18 6
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Striker
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15 2
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Striker
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15 0