West Brom v Arsenal: Match in pictures
Arsenal picked up their third win in a week as they dismantled West Brom 4-0 at The Hawthorns. In a swirling snow storm, it looked a potentially tricky task, but the Gunners look back in form and made light work of their old foe Sam Allardyce.
Kieran Tierney opened the scoring with a dipping strike, Bukayo Saka then made it two when Mikel Arteta’s men rolled back the years with a flowing move reminiscent of the glory days under Arsene Wenger. Albion had a goal disallowed for offside in the second half, before Alexandre Lacazette continued his fine goalscoring form with a second-half brace.
Here’s how Express Sport rated the Arsenal players on another fine night for the Gunners:
Arsenal player ratings against West Brom
Bernd Leno 7
Little more than a spectator, but did react sharply to parry away Matty Phillips’ first half volley and then a really smart stop to deny Harper in stoppage time.
Kieran Tierney 9
Brilliant attacking play to score a wonderful, curling effort after twisting and turning his way past Darnell Furlong. Then set up Lacazette’s second with an inch-perfect cross. The Scot looked perfectly at home in the swirling snow and could have had another assist or two on another night.
Pablo Mari 7
Arsenal’s centre back pairing were rarely troubled, but it was still a pretty dominant display, what Arteta would do for one of Gabriel or Mari to be right footed.
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Rob Holding 7
It’s his name that will go down on the assist for Tierney’s goal, but he was nothing more than a spectator for the wonderful strike. Has become a trusted part of Arteta’s squad and rarely lets him down.
Hector Bellerin 7
Got forward well in the first half and could have scored himself, if not for a smart stop by Johnstone. Went off shortly after the break after piking up a knock.
Granit Xhaka 7
Did his work well in the middle of the park and allowed Ceballos to dominate the possession, the lack of threat from the opponents helped, but he was good.
Dani Ceballos 7
Back in the line-up for Elneny to provide extra attacking thrust. Sees a pass that many others don’t and uses the ball so cleverly.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 6
It feels strange to watch such a dominant attacking Arsenal display with Aubameyang on the peripheries of his action. Looks desperate for a goal, however it comes.
Emile Smith Rowe 9
What. A. Player.
His movement for Arsenal’s second was breathtaking, allowed Lacazette to find him before he calmly rolled the ball across to Saka. Never seems to make the wrong decision.
Bukayo Saka 10
The beating heart of Arteta’s side. Looked desperate to score from the off and capped off a wonderful flowing move to make it two. It was his driving run that set up Arsenal’s third. In the form of his career.
Alexandre Lacazette 9
Lifted a delightful ball to play in Smith Rowe for what will be in the conversation for goal of the season. Showed his clinical edge to score two in the second half to continue his fine form, looks a man reborn in Arteta’s new formation.
Maitland-Niles (on for Bellerin, 54 mins) 6
Replaced Bellerin, but less than 10 minutes later, the game was effectively over a contest. Didn’t need to get forward much and the hosts offered absolutely nothing in an attacking sense.
Willian (on for Saka, 70 mins) 6
Spurned a chance from a Tierney cross, but was full of energy off the bench. Likely given some extra motivation after watching Saka’s performance in his position.
Willock (on for Smith Rowe, 77 mins) 6
It’s just cameos at the minute, but he has some very clear examples of how quickly that can turn around under Arteta.
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