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Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion Live Commentary, 10/5/21

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3 - 1
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WBA
E. Smith Rowe (29)
N. Pépé (35)
Willian (90)
Matheus Pereira (67)
Emirates Stadium

Commentary

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Arsenal are next in action against Chelsea on the road on Wednesday in the Premier League. West Brom take on Liverpool in their next outing next Sunday at The Hawthorns.
Arsenal secure a 3-1 victory over West Brom in their Premier League clash this evening. The result relegates the Baggies from the top flight after only one season, while Sam Allardyce loses his record of having never been relegated from the Premier League. Goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe put the home side ahead at the break. However, Matheus Pereira notched a fine strike with a mazy run to give the visitors hope. Willian ended West Brom's survival bid with a brilliant free-kick to score his first Arsenal goal.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: ARSENAL 3-1 WEST BROM
90' + 3' BLOCK! Pereira latches on to a cutback from Townsend in the box, but Holding is on hand to block his strike out for a corner.
90' + 2' Willian has scored his first direct free kick in the Premier League July 2020 for Chelsea (v West Ham).
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
Willian
Goal
Arsenal
90' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! WILLIAN SCORES SUPER EFFORT!!!! 3-1 ARSENAL!!!! The Brazilian gets off the mark for the Gunners with a sublime strike from a free-kick. Willian arcs his effort over the ball and it soars away from Johnstone into the top-left corner. Arsenal are on their way to the three points this evening.
89' Willian drives forward through the middle of the park and shoots with power. Bartley blocks his attempt, but then brings down the Brazilian as he gathers the rebound. The Gunners have a free-kick in a threatening position.
88' Townsend throws the ball long into the box for the visitors from the left flank, but Chambers rises highest in the middle for the Gunners to clear the danger.
86' Diangana runs at the Arsenal defence down the right flank, but he floats an easy cross into the middle for Leno to claim. 
84' CHANCE! Chambers latches on to a deflected cross from Tierney on the edge of the West Brom box, but he can only slice his effort over the bar.
81' OVER! Furlong rises to connect with Pereira's cross from the left flank, but the nods his effort over the bar.
80' Lacazette gives away a free-kick on the left flank as he fouls Gallagher in the air. The Gunners are looking a tad nervy out there.
78' The Baggies have come to life since Pereira's strike and the home side are being pushed back towards the edge of their own box.
T. Partey
Dani Ceballos
Arsenal
76' Ceballos is withdrawn for the Gunners and is replaced by Partey in the middle of the park.
C. Gallagher
Yellow Card
West Bromwich Albion
76' Gallagher falls over and handles the ball in the process. He goes into the book for the Baggies.
75' Phillips does well down the left flank and he curls another dangerous cross into the box that Leno has to punch clear.
74' Pereira is the first West Brom player to reach 10 goals in a Premier League season since Saido Berahino in 2014-15 (14).
73' CHANCE! Phillips drops his shoulder down the left flank and he supplies a good cross into the box. Furlong makes a late run and plants a header at goal, but he sends it wide of the right post.
72' Pepe has a run at Townsend down the right flank, but the defender remains strong and wins possession for the visitors.
Dani Ceballos
Yellow Card
Arsenal
70' Ceballos brings down Gallagher in the middle of the park and goes into the book.
G. Diangana
C. Robinson
West Bromwich Albion
68' Diangana comes on for the visitors to replace Robinson on the left flank.
C. Townsend
Assist
West Bromwich Albion
67' Townsend releases the run of Pereira, who does the rest with a sublime finish.
Matheus Pereira
Goal
West Bromwich Albion
67' WHAT A GOAL!!!! PEREIRA PRODUCES A GREAT SOLO RUN AND GOAL!!!! 2-1!!! The Baggies are back in the game as the Brazilian runs the length of the field before finding the back of the net. Pereira takes control in the middle of the park and runs at the Arsenal defence. The Gunners back off and Pereira needs no invitation to shoot, placing his effort past Leno with the aid of the right post.
65' OFFSIDE! Lacazette fails to turn Saka's cross home six yards out, although he will be relieved to see the flag raised for offside.
K. Tierney
E. Smith Rowe
Arsenal
63' Smith Rowe is withdrawn for Tierney, which will see Saka move into an advanced role in the final third.
H. Robson-Kanu
Yellow Card
West Bromwich Albion
61' Robson-Kanu catches Elneny with a stray arm and goes into the book.
A. Lacazette
Gabriel Martinelli
Arsenal
60' Lacazette replaces Martinelli in the final third. The Brazilian was off the boil today.
60' MISS! Arsenal break on the counter down the left flank and Saka collects an offload from Pepe. He drills a low ball across the face of goal that somehow Martinelli and Smith Rowe fail to convert, both missing their kicks. 
59' Pereira almost catches Leno out with a deep delivery forcing the keeper to push the ball behind for another West Brom corner.
58' Holding heads behind Pereira's frist corner from the right flank before Phillips sees a strike deflected over the bar.
57' Gallagher releases the run of Phillips down the right flank, but Ceballos gets back to divert his cross behind for a corner.
H. Robson-Kanu
M. Diagne
West Bromwich Albion
56' Robson-Kanu replaces Diagne for the visitors in the final third. It has not been Diagne's day.
54' Pepe latches on to a loose clearance from the Baggies and works an offload into the path of Martinelli, but the forward fails to take the pass in stride and spurns an opening at goal.
52' Townsend knocks a cross from Phillips into the path of Diagne in the box, but the forward loses out to Holding before he can threaten.
50' CHANCE! Willian sees an effort charged down by the Baggies defence before Smith Rowe drills an attempt at goal, only to see his effort saved by Johnstone.
49' SAVE! Pepe latches on to a loose ball in the right-inside channel and hammers a left-footed strike towards goal, but Johnstone beats it behind for a corner.
46' We're back under way at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners were not at their best in the early stages of the contest, but Saka has been outstanding on the left flank creating chance after chance. There will be more goals in the game for Mikel Arteta's men if they maintain their standards in the second half.
Arsenal hold a 2-0 lead over West Brom at the break in their Premier League clash. The Baggies made a bright start, but went behind when Emile Smith Rowe converted Bukayo Saka's cross for his first Premier League goal for the Gunners. Nicolas Pepe doubled their advantage with a rocket into the top-left corner from 20 yards. As it stands, the Baggies are heading back to the Championship.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: ARSENAL 2-0 WEST BROM
45' There will be one minute of added time.
44' SAVE! Willian releases Saka in acres of space down the left-inside channel, but Johnstone denies the full-back with a stop at his near post. The Baggies are all over the place at the back on their right side.
43' Pepe has been directly involved in 17 goals in all competitions this term (12 goals, 5 assists), with only Aubameyang (18) and Lacazette (20) having a hand in more for Arsenal.
42' OVER! Willian feeds a pass through to Chambers, who sweeps his leg at a strike, only to clear the bar with his effort. It was a decent attempt from the Arsenal defender.
41' Willian sends Saka in acres of space down the left flank and the full-back sends a cross into the box. Gabriel tries to connect with a header, but Bartley does enough to force it wide with a deflection.
40' Willian makes a run down the left flank and he wins a corner off the legs of Furlong. Arsenal could kill off the game before the break with a third.
39' Martinelli lines up an ambitious strike from 25 yards on his right foot, but he lifts his effort comfortably over the bar.
37' Townsend floats a cross into the box for Ajayi to attack. He heads a powerful effort towards goal that Leno has to turn over the bar, although it would not have counted anyway as Diagne fouled Gabriel.
36' Saka has made 19 assists in all competitions for Arsenal, the most of any player for the club since making his debut in November 2018.
C. Chambers
Assist
Arsenal
35' Chambers rolls a simple offload down the right for Pepe. The winger does the rest by cutting in on his left foot and hammering home his strike.
N. Pépé
Goal
Arsenal
35' WHAT A GOAL!!!!!! PEPE SCORES A STUNNER!!!!!!! 2-0 ARSENAL!!!!! The Gunners double their lead as Pepe rockets a strike into the top-left corner. The Frenchman collects an offload from Chambers on the right flank and is afforded space and time to cut in on his left foot. He connects superbly with his effort and the ball soars past Johnstone into the back of the net. A super goal.
33' The Gunners have a vital lead in the contest and now the Baggies are forced out of their defensive shape.
31' Smith Rowe has scored his first Premier League goal for Arsenal.
B. Saka
Assist
Arsenal
29' Saka runs down the left flank and looks up to see Smith Rowe's run. He delivers a perfect delivery for the midfielder to attack and convert.
E. Smith Rowe
Goal
Arsenal
29' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! SMITH ROWE GETS THE BREAKTHROUGH!!!! 1-0 ARSENAL!!!!! Smith Rowe puts the Gunners in front with a fine finish from close range. Saka causes havoc down the left flank and clips a perfect cross into the middle. Smith Rowe times his run to perfection and thumps a left-footed strike past Johnstone.
28' Chambers flicks on a low cross from Willian, but it evades Gabriel at the back post before the visitors clear the danger.
28' Willian hangs a cross towards the back post aiming for Pepe, but Ajayi takes no chances in heading behind for another Arsenal corner.
27' Willian hangs a cross into the right-inside channel for Holding to connect with a volley, but his effort is cleared behind by Townsend.
25' Phillips lunges in on Ceballos as he turns in the final third and gives away a free-kick in a useful position for the home side.
23' Saka battles with Robinson down the right flank and he clears into touch, although it comes at a price. Saka limps away from the challenge.
21' Willian works an offload towards Elneny from the left flank and the midfielder opens up space for a strike at goal on his right foot. However, it's a tame effort and straight at Johnstone.
19' Pereira continues to torment the Arsenal defence. He whips a sublime cross towards the near post from the left flank, but Diagne on the stretch just cannot make contact in the box.
18' CHALLENGE! Furlong saves a certain goal with an inch-perfect challenge to deny Saka. The full-back is beaten at first by the Arsenal man, but he reacts well with a sliding challenge to prevent a strike at goal.
17' Saka has a run at the Baggies backline down the right flank. He bursts past Furlong and fires a low ball across the face of goal, but no one in a red and white shirt can connect in the middle.
16' WIDE! Pereira leads a counter into the space vacated by Chambers. The Brazilian strikes with power on his left foot, blazing his effort just wide of the left post.
15' Smith Rowe and Pepe combine down the right flank, but the offload from the former fails to find Chambers on the charge.
14' OFFSIDE! Robinson strikes the bar from close range, although he is offside as he makes contact with Townsend's cross from the left flank. There are warning signs out there for the Gunners.
12' CLOSE! Pereira turns in the final third and lines up a curling strike towards the top-left corner. Leno makes a desperate dive to his right, and he watches the ball travel inches wide of the left post.
10' The Gunners have not been able to settle into a rhythm amid a combative start to the game from the visitors. This will not be an easy task for the home side tonight.
8' West Brom have made a bright start to the contest and are looking to bring Pereira into the game whenever possible.
6' OVER! Ceballos releases Saka down the left flank and he sends a low cross into the box. The Baggies clear the danger before Martinelli lifts a ball back into the middle. Pepe collects and goes for a quick strike that he sends over the bar.
5' Townsend has space down the left flank and he digs out a cross into the box that Leno comes through traffic to claim.
4' Pereira twists his way down the left flank and fires a low cross towards the middle that Holding has to clear for the home side.
2' The Baggies put the pressure on in the early stages as Pereira sees a shot from the edge of the box cleared before Robinson's cross is repelled by Elneny.
1' We're under way at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal have won 10 of their 12 home Premier League games against West Brom, failing only in November 2004 (1-1) and September 2010 (2-3).
West Brom have made two changes to their side from their 1-1 draw against Wolves last time out. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is unavailable against his parent club and is replaced by Robinson. Phillips gets the nod to start in place of O'Shea as Allardyce alters his system to start with a back four. Phillips and Robinson play on the right and left flanks respectively with Pereira in behind Diagne in the final third.
Arsenal have made six changes to their side from their goalless draw against Villarreal during the week. Chambers and Gabriel slot into the back four alongside Holding. Saka could drop into a back four to start the contest, although Arteta may also operate with a back three. Ceballos and Elneny start in front of the backline, while Willian and Martinelli get the nod in the final third. Bellerin, Tierney, Partey, Odegaard and Aubameyang drop to the bench, while Pablo Mari misses out altogether.
WEST BROM SUBS: Hal Robson-Kanu, Jake Livermore, Grady Diangana, Lee Peltier, David Button, Dara O'Shea, Karlan Grant, Taylor Gardner-Hickman, Caleb Taylor.
WEST BROM (4-4-1-1): Sam Johnstone; Darnell Furlong, Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Conor Townsend; Matt Phillips, Okay Yokuslu, Conor Gallagher, Callum Robinson; Matheus Pereira, Mbaye Diagne.
ARSENAL SUBS: Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney, Alexandre Lacazette, Martin Odegaard, Runar Alex Runarsson, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Cedric Soares, Thomas Partey, Eddie Nketiah.
ARSENAL (4-2-3-1): Bernd Leno; Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Gabriel Magalhaes, Bukayo Saka; Mohamed Elneny, Dani Ceballos; Nicolas Pepe, Willian, Emile Smith Rowe; Gabriel Martinelli.
It's now or never for West Brom. Anything other than a win this evening will end their time in the Premier League after only one season back in the top-flight. Sam Allardyce's side are 10 points behind 17th-place Burnley with four games remaining. As a result, the Baggies must be flawless in their remaining four games. Back-to-back draws have not been good enough against Aston Villa and Wolves. Their form has been decent of late, but only a victory will suffice tonight.
Arsenal suffered a disappointing exit from the semi-finals of the Europa League during the week. The Gunners were held to a goalless draw by Villarreal, resulting in a 2-1 aggregate defeat. Mikel Arteta and his men must now turn the page to keep their hopes of returning to the competition alive next season. Arsenal are sitting 10th ahead of kick-off, but a win would put them back in the race for a top-seven spot. They cannot afford another disappointing outing.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Arsenal and West Brom at the Emirates Stadium.