Head boy Danny fires Gunners to win over Baggies
Danny Welbeck scored on the hour mark to give Arsenal a narrow 1-0 win over West Brom in the Premier League clash at the Hawthorns this afternoon.
t was a much-needed Premier League win for the Gunners after back-to-back defeats against Swansea City and Manchester United
Following Arsenal’s 2-0 midweek Champions League win against Borussia Dortmund, match-winner Welbeck feels confidence remains high among his team-mates.
He told BT Sport: “I think the clean sheet’s very important and we always believed in ourselves to score goals so it was a vital three points for us today.
It was Welbeck’s sixth goal of the season as Arsenal overcame a dogged West Brom side.
The Gunners created a umber of openings in the first half, with Alexis and Santi Cazorla both having early opportunities.
Nacho Monreal was injured early in the match, and was eventually replaced by Kieran Gibbs in the 29th minute.
Welbeck was denied by Baggies keeper Ben Foster, Olivier Giroud spurned an opening and Aaron Ramsey shot narrowly wide as the Gunners strived for the breakthrough before the interval.
Emiliano Martinez had little to do in the first half on his Premier League debut for the Gunners. with West Brom’s only threat coming from set pieces.
The pattern remained the same in the second half with Ramsey, Welbeck and Per Mertesacker all having chances.
Arsenal made the decisive breakthrough on 60 minutes, when Cazorla escaped Andre Wisdom down the left flank and delivered an inch-perfect cross for a leaping Welbeck to head past Foster.
West Brom who have only managed one home win in the Premier League this season went all out for an equaliser in the final ten minutes.
Saido Berahino hit the bar with a firm header from inside the area.
Craig Gardner flashed a shot wide in injury time, but the Gunners held on for their first away win in a month.
The win takes the Gunners up to fifth in Premier League table.
Arsenal: Martinez 7, Chambers 6, Koscielny 7, Mertesacker 6, Monreal 5 (Gibbs 6), Flamini 7, Ramsey 6, Cazorla 8, Welbeck 7, Alexis 6, Giroud 7 (Oxlade-Chamberlain)