Saturday March 19, 2011 Day 30 Finished The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 2 - 2 Arsenal

  • Reid 3’
  • Odemwingie 58’
  • Arshavin 70’
  • van Persie 78’

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  1. Arsenal fight back to rescue point

    Arsenal fight back to rescue point

    Arsenal overcame a two-goal deficit and a calamitous error from Manuel Almunia to salvage a 2-2 draw with West Brom at the Hawthorns. More

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    Time:90'
    • West Bromwich Albion
    • Arsenal
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    • 90+5' The final whistle goes and Arsenal have fought back admirably to claim a draw which just about keeps them int he title race. Manuel Amlunia will be a very relieved man!
    • 90+4' Plenty of panic in the West Brom as they struggle to clear their lines. Arsenal can't get a clean shot away, but they have another corner.
    • 90+3' More good build-up from Arsenal and the ball sits up nicely for Clichy to strike... Saved at the near post by Carson! Corner to Arsenal.
    • 90+2' Wilshere surges past Morrison and unleashes a shot from range... he caught the ball as it bobbled and send his effort over the bar.
    • 90+1' bendtner and Wilshere exchange passes on the edge of the box, but the big Dane's touch lets him down.
    • 90' Four minutes of added time are signalled.
    • 89' Koscielny gets his head to the corner but it is blocked and West Brom clear.
    • 88' Mulumbu brings down Arshavin. Arsenal need to make the most of this set piece... Nasri's delivery is headed behind for a corner by Olsson.
    • 87' Fortune comes in from the left this time, but Squillaci again thwarts the substitute as he looked to shoot.
    • 86' It is 14 months since Arsenal last avoided defeat after being 2-0 down, winning 4-2 at home to Bolton in January 2010. (Infostrada)
    • 85' The Hawthorns PA man has just announced Steven Reid as man of the match. Hard to argue, but we are not nearly done here yet!
    • 84' Nasri sends in the corner and Van Persie heads it off target.
    • 83' Van Perise's cross rebounds off Meite and out for a corner. Van Persie and all the travelling fans behind the goal claim handball, but the referee is not going to be conned. A corner it is.
    • 82' A wonderful dribbling run from Fortune sees him get through Koscielny and Nasri and goe for goal, only for Squillaci to slide in with a vital block.
    • 81' Nasri goes into the referee's for his foul on Reid. Not too sure what he did wrong, to be honest.
    • 80' Can Arsenal push on now and win this game? Or is there one more sting in the tail to come from West Brom?
    • 79' That is Van Persie's 15th goal of the season, and his 14th since the turn of the year!
    • 78' GOAL!! VAN PERSIE PULLS ARSENAL LEVEL!! Great work from Arshavin as he fends off two men to fire in his cross. Bendtner heads back across the six-yard box and the ball gets stuck under Meite's feet, allowing Van Persie to slide in and see the ball trickle over the line!
    • 77' Arsenal are unbeaten in the last 14 league matches in which Arshavin has found the net. (Infostrada)
    • 75' West Brom substitution: Marc-Antoine Fortune replaces Odemwingie.
    • 74' Clichy lifts in a half-hearted cross which shorey puts behind for a corner, but the whistle had already gone for an Arsenal foul.
    • 72' West Brom have 20 minutes to avoid conceding another goal and putting some crucial distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
    • 71' That goal was Arshavin's 10th of the season.
    • 70' GOAL!! Cracking strike from Arshavin! The russian plays the one-two with Chamakh, takes one touch and smashes it past Carson to give Arsenal hope of salvaging something from this game!
    • 69' Chamakh and Bendtner are both beaten in the air as West Brom continue to win almost every header contested.
    • 67' Van Persie almost breaks into a sprint as he runs up to take the free-kick, and smashes it wildly into the crowd!
    • 66' Chamakh turns swiftly and draws the foul from Morrison. Arsenal have a free-kick some 25 yards from goal. Van Perise will fancy striking this...
    • 65' Arsenal look shell-shocked at the moment. All the attacking impetus has deserted them for the time being.
    • 64' Odemwingie scored his 10th Premier League goal of the season. He is only the second West Brom player to reach double figures in a single Premier League season after Robert Earnshaw (11 goals) in 2004-05. (Infostrada)
    • 62' Brunt's delivery causes problems in the Arsenal box but they eventually clear.
    • 61' Koscielny brings down Odemwingie on the right wing and gets booked. Free-kick to West Brom in a dangerous area.
    • 59' So, just as in the reverse fixture back in September, a mistake from Almunia looks like it will cost Arsenal the game. Was that a smirk from Jens Lehmann on the Arsenal bench?
    • 58' GOAL!! ALMUNIA DOES IT AGAIN!! Odemwingie beats Squillaci to a long ball over the top and Almunia comes way out of his area to try and clear. Odemwingie knocks it round him and rolls the ball into the empty net!
    • 58' Arsenal substitution: Nicklas Bendtner replaces Ramsey. Three strikers on the field for Arsenal now.
    • 57' Ramsey floats in a cross from deep for Van Persie... headed wide of the far post! chances beginning to come for Arsenal now.
    • 56' Arsenal resume their domination of the possession, but they must be mindful of being hit on the counter.
    • 55' GREAT CHANCE FOR 2-0 GOES BEGGING! Cech hared into space down the left and played a low ball across to Brunt at the far post, but the midfielder put his effort wide! To be fair to him, Almunia had closed him down, but the Northern Ireland international knows how big a chance that was.
    • 54' Jonas Olsson played well in the first half, and he beats Chamakh to the corner flag to clear the ball.
    • 52' Arshavin digs out a cross which Chamakh gets his head to, but he couldn't generate the power necessary to trouble Carson.
    • 51' West Brom look as though they have set their stall out to stifle Arsenal and hit them on the break, even more so than in the first half.
    • 49' Arsenal have lost three of their four Premier League matches this season when they have been behind at half time – all when they were behind by a 1-0 score line at the break. (Infostrada)
    • 48' Wilshere chases the ball into the West Brom box but Mulumbu sees it out for a goal kick. Wilshere gives Mulumbu a petulant shove in the back and sends the midfielder running right through a gap in the advertsining hoardings! The big Congolese is not happy, and referee Stuart Atwell has to split them up before play can continue!
    • 47' Arsenal look full of intent in this half. Clichy's cross is blocked.
    • 46' Arsenal get the second half underway!
    • HT Arsenal substitution: Marouane Chamakh replaces Denilson. Two up top now for the Gunners.
    • HT West Brom substitution: Marek Cech will replace Paul Scharner for the second haf.
    • 45+5' The whistle goes for half-time, and Arsenal's problems continue.
    • 45+4' Van Persie bends in the set piece from the right flank, but West Brom are the winners in the air yet again.
    • 45+3' Shorey is penalised for a handball as he blocked Sagna's cross. Set piece chance for Arsenal.
    • 45+2' Van Persie goes for goal from the edge of the box, but he swipes his strike into the crowd. The Dutchman couldn't get his foot sufficiently round the ball.
    • 45+1' Shorey plays a cute reverse pass down the left flank, but Morrison can't catch it before it runs out of play.
    • 45' Four minutes of added time are signalled by the fourth official.
    • 44' Morrison darts after a ball down the right channel, but he went a little too early and is caught offside.
    • 43' Play restarts. No 10-minute absence for Shorey then.
    • 42' Sagna and Shorey clash heads this time, and again it is the West Brom man who comes off worse. Just as with the Morrison-Koscielny clash, both players were going for the ball in a fair but competitive manner.
    • 41' Scharner is caught late by Arshavin. Those two have already clashed a few times this afternoon.
    • 40' Nasri controls the ball over the top as eh turns inside the West Brom box, but the flag is up for offside against him.
    • 39' A solid tackle from Reid stops Arshavin's progress down the left. Arsenal look more purposeful as they come forward now.
    • 38' Thomas is finally up and the free-kick comes in from deep on the left. Almunia comes out to claim it, and does so but only after dropping the ball first.
    • 37' Thomas has remained down and is now receiving treatment.
    • 36' Thomas turns inside Denilson and the Brazilian cynically trips him. A clear booking for the Arsenal midfielder.
    • 34' Nasri fires in a cross on the turn which ricochets off Meite but safely into Carson's grasp.
    • 33' Arshavin follows Scharner acorss the field and gets in a good tackle despite big shouts of "Man On!" from the Hawthorns crowd.
    • 32' Arsenal again hogging the possession until Clichy misplaces another pass.
    • 31' Sagna is penalised for a foul on Nicky Shorey, giving West Brom a moment to breathe.
    • 30' Finally Morrison rejoins the match. His head is bandaged up and he's greeted by a big cheer from the home crowd.
    • 30' This time it's Scharner who gets his head to it and West Brom clear up the field.
    • 29' Meite heads Nasri's corner over the bar for a repeat set piece.
    • 28' Long diagonal ball forward for Arshavin, who wins another corner for Arsenal.
    • 27' The Gunners are beginning to see more of a return on their superior possession now.
    • 26' West Brom are still down to 10 men as Morrison is treated. Can Arsenal take advantage?
    • 25' Clichy motors down the left and crosses to Van Persie, who sends a looping header on to the bar! Ramsey pounces on the rebound... Carson spreads himself well to save!
    • 24' Arshavin tries to jink his way through two men inside the West Brom box, but he ends up losing the ball.
    • 23' Odemwingie strays offside for the third time already. The first two were marginal, but he had just switched off that time.
    • 22' Morrison goes off to have his head bandaged up. Looks like he will continue to play afterwards though.
    • 21' Morrison is bleeding rom the head. Hopefully it isn't as dramatic as it looks.
    • 20' Morrison has stayed down on the ground after clashing heads with Koscielny.
    • 19' Reid dives in to block Arshavin's cross at the expense of a corner. Nasri's corner is headed clear and Arsenal will try and build again. West Brom win the second aerial battle too, and play their way clear.
    • 18' Abdoulaye Meite is the first player to be booked for tripping Van Persie from behind.
    • 17' Odemwingie is caught offside again.
    • 16' The last time Arsenal won a league match after conceding the opening goal was the 3-1 win at Stoke in February 2010, coincidentally the game in which aaron Ramsey broke his leg. There is hope for the Gunners.
    • 15' Wilshere is trying to drive Arsenal forward and pick out Van Persie, but all in vain at the moment.
    • 14' Scharner brings down Andrei Arshavin with a foul from behind in midfield.
    • 13' Clichy plays a ball over the top for Robin van Persie to chase, but Scott Carson is off his line to gather it up.
    • 11' Arsenal are slowly playing their way into this game now, but they are struggling to make it into the final third. This West Brom looks more in the well-organised mould of Roy Hodgson every week.
    • 10' Arsenal have kept just one clean sheet in the 12 Premier League games that Koscielny & Squillaci have started together. Leaky. Via OptaJoe on Twitter
    • 9' Paul Scharner and Morrison are doing a good job of breaking up Arsenal's play in midfield in these early stages. This has suddenly become a real test of the Gunners' title credentials.
    • 7' Just for the record, Reid is 6'1", and was being marked at a corner by the 5'7" Wilshere.
    • 6' Sagna is back on the field. Thomas fires a low ball across the box but Odemwingie can't get his toe on it.
    • 5' That's Steven Reid's first league goal in almost a year. Bacary Sagna limps off the field after a rough challenge from Thomas.
    • 4' GOAL!! Steven Reid rises to power home a header from Chris Brunt's corner! Nightmare start for Arsenal. It was Jack Wilshere charged with marking the big defender!
    • 3' Laurent Koscielny heads behind to stop former Gunner Jerome Thomas and West Brom have the game's first corner.
    • 2' James Morrison intercepts a sloppy pass from Gael Clichy and West Brom have their first sight of the ball. The pass goes forward for Peter Odemwingie to chase, but he is caught offside.
    • 1' After an impeccably observed silence, West Brom kick off to get us underway!
    • 14:58 The players are out on the pitch. Before kick-off, there will be a minute's silence for all those who lost their lives in last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan...
    • 14:55 HEAD-TO-HEAD: West Brom and Arsenal have met 113 times in the league. West Brom have won 32, Arsenal 55 and there have been 26 draws. West Brom are looking to complete their first Premier League double over Arsenal and the league double for the first time since 1961-62. However, Arsenal have won four of their last five league games against the Baggies. (Infostrada)
    • 14:55 Roy Hodgson is enjoying fighting against relegation with West Brom more than he ever did trying to make an impact with Liverpool at the other end of the table: "It's nice to be here where the work I'm doing is appreciated." Hodgson enjoying basement battle
    • 14:50 Today is a big day for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who makes his first start for Arsenal since breaking his leg at Stoke in february of last year. Wales manager Gary Speed has hailed Ramsey's mental toughness as he prepares to welcome the Arsenal youngster back to the international stage ahead of England's visit to Cardiff next weekend: "Aaron will be looking forward to it as much as anyone... His recovery says a lot about him physically and mentally." Speed hails Ramsey mentality
    • 14:45 Today's referee at The Hawthorns is Stuart Atwell. The Nuneaton official had a three months break from Premier League duty is at the back end of last year. He sent off Bolton's Gary Cahill in Arsenal's 4-1 win over the Trotters back in September.
    • 14:40 Veteran goalkeeper Lehmann takes his place on the Arsenal bench after returning to his old club. Captain Cesc Fabregas (hamstring), winger Theo Walcott (ankle) and midfielder Alex Song (knee) are all not yet fit, but striker Nicklas Bendtner returns after missing the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United through illness. Centre-halves Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and Johan Djourou (shoulder) are sidelined, along with goalkeepers Wojciech Szczesny (hand) and Lukasz Fabianski (shoulder).
    • 14:35 West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt had been suffering from a fever, but has been passed fit to face Arsenal. Fellow midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is fit to play after shaking off a muscle problem. Graham Dorrans is out with an ankle injury, while on-loan striker Carlos Vela is not eligible to face his parent club.
    • 14:30 WEST BROM: Carson, Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey, Scharner, Mulumbu, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill, Cech, Tchoyi, Fortune, Tamas, Cox, Jara /// ARSENAL: Almunia, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Wilshere, Denilson, Ramsey, Nasri, Arshavin, van Persie. Subs: Lehmann, Rosicky, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Miquel, Bendtner.
    • 14:25 When these two sides met at the Emirates back in September, the Baggies won 3-2 thanks in no small part to a woeful performance from goalkeeper Manuel Almunia. At the time it looked as though the Spaniard had played his last game at the club, but now he is back in the team and Jens Lehmann is on the bench! Who could have predicted that seven months ago? Match report: West Brom win after Almunia horror show
    • 14:20 Arsenal are three points behind league leaders Manchester United - who kick-off against Bolton at the same time as this match gets underway - with a game in hand. West Brom go into this game just a point above the relegation zone. Premier League table
    • 14:15 Welcome to Eurosport-Yahoo!'s live coverage of the Premier League clash between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns!
  • Summary

    • 90+3' More good build-up from Arsenal and the ball sits up nicely for Clichy to strike... Saved at the near post by Carson! Corner to Arsenal.
    • 90+2' Wilshere surges past Morrison and unleashes a shot from range... he caught the ball as it bobbled and send his effort over the bar.
    • 82' A wonderful dribbling run from Fortune sees him get through Koscielny and Nasri and goe for goal, only for Squillaci to slide in with a vital block.
    • 78' GOAL!! VAN PERSIE PULLS ARSENAL LEVEL!! Great work from Arshavin as he fends off two men to fire in his cross. Bendtner heads back across the six-yard box and the ball gets stuck under Meite's feet, allowing Van Persie to slide in and see the ball trickle over the line!
    • 70' GOAL!! Cracking strike from Arshavin! The russian plays the one-two with Chamakh, takes one touch and smashes it past Carson to give Arsenal hope of salvaging something from this game!
    • 58' GOAL!! ALMUNIA DOES IT AGAIN!! Odemwingie beats Squillaci to a long ball over the top and Almunia comes way out of his area to try and clear. Odemwingie knocks it round him and rolls the ball into the empty net!
    • 57' Ramsey floats in a cross from deep for Van Persie... headed wide of the far post! chances beginning to come for Arsenal now.
    • 55' GREAT CHANCE FOR 2-0 GOES BEGGING! Cech hared into space down the left and played a low ball across to Brunt at the far post, but the midfielder put his effort wide! To be fair to him, Almunia had closed him down, but the Northern Ireland international knows how big a chance that was.
    • 25' Clichy motors down the left and crosses to Van Persie, who sends a looping header on to the bar! Ramsey pounces on the rebound... Carson spreads himself well to save!
    • 4' GOAL!! Steven Reid rises to power home a header from Chris Brunt's corner! Nightmare start for Arsenal. It was Jack Wilshere charged with marking the big defender!
    • 14:30 WEST BROM: Carson, Reid, Meite, Olsson, Shorey, Scharner, Mulumbu, Brunt, Morrison, Thomas, Odemwingie. Subs: Myhill, Cech, Tchoyi, Fortune, Tamas, Cox, Jara /// ARSENAL: Almunia, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Wilshere, Denilson, Ramsey, Nasri, Arshavin, van Persie. Subs: Lehmann, Rosicky, Eboue, Gibbs, Chamakh, Miquel, Bendtner.

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