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April 6, 2013 3:00 PM BST
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 26144‎
 
71′ (PG) James Morrison
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: West Brom 1-2 Arsenal

Two goals from Tomas Rosicky proved enough despite Per Mertesacker's red card and James Morrison's subsequent penalty setting up a nail-biting finish at the Hawthorns

By Tom Marshall-Bailey at The Hawthorns

  • Ben Foster
    8
    15
    3.00

    Ben Foster

    Distributed the ball effectively and dealt with several shots that were peppered in on his goal. Could do little about either of the Arsenal goals.

  • Jonas Olsson
    3
    15
    2.50

    Jonas Olsson

    Was troubled throughout by Giroud's willingness in the air but dealt with the threat well. Got caught out of position for Rosicky's second of the afternoon.

  • Liam Ridgewell
    4
    15
    2.50

    Liam Ridgewell

    Was given a tough test as Gervinho and Sagna doubled up on him down the Gunners' right-hand side and was not offered much help from Thomas in front of him.

  • Gareth McAuley
    3
    12
    2.50

    Gareth McAuley

    Was caught napping for the opening goal but was always on hand to deal with the intricate play the Gunners attempted through the heart of the hosts' defence.

  • Billy Jones
    4
    13
    2.50

    Billy Jones

    Marauding runs down the right aside, the right-back found several of Arsenal's attacks too quick, with Monreal eager to overlap the ever-changing partner down the left.

  • Claudio Yacob
    5
    14
    2.50

    Claudio Yacob

    Wasteful in possession and often guilty of not tracking his runners as Cazorla and Rosicky found pockets of space to work in.

  • James Morrison
    9
    12
    3.00

    James Morrison

    Was overrun in midfield by the creative trio of Arteta, Rosicky and Cazorla but fought valiantly to get his team back in the match. Kept a cool head to tuck home a spot-kick to get the Baggies back in contention.

  • Chris Brunt
    4
    12
    3.00

    Chris Brunt

    Tidy in midfield but lacked an end product in the final third as Arsenal dominated proceedings in the middle of the pitch.

  • Jerome Thomas
    2
    13
    2.50

    Jerome Thomas

    Failed to get the better of Sagna, and when he did, he was unable to take advantage and provide the service Long craved.

  • Graham Dorrans
    4
    12
    2.00

    Graham Dorrans Flop of the Match

    Anonymous throughout and did little to help his side regain any momentum down the right-hand side. Failed to track the impressive Monreal.

  • Shane Long
    13
    10
    3.50

    Shane Long

    Caught offside numerous times and was unable to get the better of Koscielny and Mertesacker in a frustrating afternoon for the Irish forward. Got the reward his tireless running deserved when he won the penalty.

Substitutions

  • Markus Rosenberg
    2
    11
    2.00

    Markus Rosenberg

    Did very little to help the Baggies' cause as they searched for an equaliser.

  • Romelu Lukaku
    54
    11
    3.00

    Romelu Lukaku

    Came agonisingly close to an equaliser and brought fresh impetus to the attack, posing the Gunners backline several problems.

  • Lukasz Fabianski
    186
    12
    3.00

    Lukasz Fabianski

    A tidy display from the Pole, whose distribution was consistent and made the necessary stops when required to do so.

  • Bacary Sagna
    112
    40
    3.00

    Bacary Sagna

    Provided an attacking outlet but his crossing was often wayward but stuck to his defensive duties throughout and snuffed out the threat of Thomas.

  • Per Mertesacker
    96
    89
    2.00

    Per Mertesacker

    A largely solid display from the German, who dealt well with the direct balls the Baggies launched at the Gunners until he brought down Long. The pace of the game caught up with him and his red card left his side clinging on in the closing exchanges.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    212
    6
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Marshalled the defence superbly and was always on hand to mop up behind Mertesacker. Caught Long offside several times as Arsenal's defensive line held well.

  • Monreal
    209
    4
    3.50

    Monreal

    Another solid display from the ever-improving Spaniard, who didn't' allow Dorrans a chance to run at him and got forward effectively too.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    409
    5
    4.50

    Tomas Rosicky Top of the Match

    Was the difference between the two teams. Took his goals superbly and was a constant thorn in the Baggies' defence as he probed for a decisive through-ball. Even threw in a goal-line clearance in the opening period for good measure.

  • Mikel Arteta
    194
    8
    3.50

    Mikel Arteta

    Acted as the midfield metronome and carried out his duties superbly as he allowed the likes of Ramsey, Rosicky and Cazorla to get forward.

  • Aaron Ramsey
    204
    45
    3.50

    Aaron Ramsey

    Brilliant performance from a player often criticised by Gunners fans. Set the tempo in midfield although his passing often let him down in the final third. Missed a great chance to double the lead in first half but provided the assist for Rosicky's second.

  • Santi Cazorla
    181
    19
    3.50

    Santi Cazorla

    His typical tidy self, pulling the strings for the Gunners in midfield and winning a number of free kicks for his side when they had to hold on.

  • Olivier Giroud
    104
    133
    2.00

    Olivier Giroud

    Provided a physical figure up front and some of his link-up play was exemplary at times but faded badly in the second half and was guilty of not closing down.

  • Gervinho
    197
    20
    3.00

    Gervinho

    Started off his frustrating self but slowly grew into the game. Set up the goal brilliantly after twisting Jones before firing in superb cross for Rosicky.

Substitutions

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    192
    6
    3.00

    Thomas Vermaelen

    The club captain did a superb job of shoring up the defence when he was introduced to make up for the loss of Mertesacker.

  • Kieran Gibbs
    117
    10

    Kieran Gibbs

    Came on as a late substitute as Arsenal clung on for a win.

  • Francis Coquelin
    116
    9

    Francis Coquelin

    Had no time to make an impact after replacing Santi Cazorla very late on.

Results
 
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