Claudio Yacob today claimed Albion can take on anyone after his first Baggies goal helped them hold Premier League leaders Arsenal to a draw.
Steve Clarke’s men followed up their historic victory at Manchester United with a 1-1 draw against the Gunners at The Hawthorns, with Yacob heading them ahead before half-time.
And the Argentina international, who saw his goal cancelled out by Jack Wilshere in the second half, said the last two results have left Albion brimming with confidence.
“I am very happy with my first goal but for me the most important thing is always the team and we played well against a very good team with top players,” he said.
“But we know we have very good players too. We know that we can win against Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea or anyone, anywhere.”
Yacob – a free-transfer signing from Argentine side Racing Club in the summer of 2012 – dedicated his first goal in English football to his parents and revealed they were behind the celebration that saw him kiss both biceps after running to fans in the Smethwick End.
“I have tattoos for my mother and father on each arm and always when I score I kiss my arms for them,” he said. “They always know when I score I do that.”
Yacob’s goal capped a return to form for the 26-year-old, who started the season slowly but played a key role in the results against United and Arsenal.
And yesterday he again dovetailed well with man-of-the-match Youssouf Mulumbu in the heart of midfield.
Clarke said: “They’ve been a key part of the team since I came here. They’ve been a good, solid base for us.”