West Brom 3 Arsenal 1 - Report and pictures

Two Craig Dawson headers and a Hal Robson-Kanu toe-poke heaped more pressure on Arsene Wenger today as the Baggies put to rest any concerns they had downed tools at 40 points.

The right-back nodded in corners in the 12th and 75th minute to bookend a fantastic home performance against the under-fire Gunners.

Robson-Kanu scored his second goal of the season a minute after coming on for Salomon Rondon as the Baggies hit 43 points - the same tally they finished last season with - and with nine games still to play.

Albion started brightly, with a superhuman burst from Allan Nyom past three Arsenal players down the left wing waking everyone up.

James McClean tested Petr Cech with a stinging shot following a typically swift counter-attack so it was arguably deserved when Dawson nodded in the resulting corner after a late near-post run to give the Baggies the lead.

Not that it lasted long. Just three minutes later Sanchez, who was left in acres of space at the back post, was easily picked out, darted inside, and roofed his finish.

Just after the half-hour mark Aaron Ramsey forced Ben Foster into a full-stretch save before Nyom dug out a clearance with Sanchez biting at his ankles, and then a minute later, Darren Fletcher forced Cech into a similar save after Jake Livermore had played him through.

That was the Arsenal keeper's last contribution though, because he was forced off soon after with what looked like a rolled ankle before an enjoyable first half ended even.

Ten minutes after half-time, Tony Pulis brought off the ineffective Salomon Rondon and threw on Hal Robson-Kanu. It proved to be an inspired decision.

Barely a minute later, the Wales international toe-poked a shot past David Ospina after Chadli had lifted the ball over the defence.

James McClean was standing in an offside position but he let the ball go through his legs and the goal was rightly allowed to stand.

Danny Welbeck then crashed a header against the crossbar from a corner, before Robson-Kanu nearly added a second after Shkrodan Mustafi's mistake.

Ospina rushed out to snaffle the shot but then Chadli rounded the keeper and had his shot cleared off the line.

But the Baggies weren't ruing that miss for long, because in the 75th minute Dawson added his second and Albion's third. It was another header from a corner and it put the Baggies in control.

Wenger brought the limping Alexis Sanchez off soon after and the hosts comfortably saw the game out to get back to winning ways at home.

Analysis

Tony Pulis and Arsene Wenger have always espoused vastly different styles, and they've fallen out over it plenty of times in the past.

These days the rivalry has mellowed, but the differences between the two remain as pronounced as ever. At times, this was a breathless battle between two contrasting teams.

The visitors kept the ball for long periods of time and probed at the Baggies back-line over and over again, while the hosts happily sat back and invited pressure onto themselves before counter-attacking at break-neck speed. Boy, did it work.

The game's natural order was set early on, with Arsenal camped in Albion's half while the home side kept 10 men behind the ball and invited their visitors to break them down.

But the Baggies have been dangerous on the break this season, particularly at home.

It was one of those sweeping moves up the pitch that led to a corner in the 12th minute when Petr Cech palmed James McClean's stinging shot behind following a pin-point pass from Chris Brunt and good hold-up play from Salomon Rondon.

Before the match, Arsene Wenger warned his side about Albion's threat from set-plays, no Premier League team has scored more from dead balls this season.

But it either fell on deaf ears, or the Gunners simply couldn't deal with the big defenders trotting up.

Gareth McAuley has been the most dangerous player in the box this season, but Craig Dawson has had his fair share of chances too.

Today, he timed his near post run perfectly and nodded in a brilliantly simple goal to give the Baggies the lead.

But before they could settle, Arsenal were level. It was Dawson, the goalscorer, who got sucked inside and Nacer Chadli, who was playing on the wing with Chris Brunt in central midfield, was caught dozing, leaving the one man you don't want to afford any space to in absolute acres of it.

Alexis Sanchez brought the ball down, checked inside, and roofed his shot. It was a clinical finish from the Chilean and his 18th Premier League goal of the season.

But that goal didn't knock the stuffing out of Albion as some would predict, far from it.

The Baggies continued to soak up pressure before flying out of the traps, sweeping up the pitch with purpose for the rest of a breathless first half.

Ten minutes after the break and Pulis took the ineffective Rondon off and replaced him Robson-Kanu.

It was a relatively early change for the Baggies boss, but it was an inspired one.

Less than a minute later, Robson-Kanu capitalised on a Mustafi mistake and brought the ball down.

He ferried it out to the brilliant McClean, who cut inside, and played it to Chadli. The Belgian lifted it over the Arsenal defence and they got themselves in a tangle, allowing Robson-Kanu to steal in and poke the ball in.

McClean was standing offside but he let the ball run through his legs and the goal stood.

Albion have struggled without the directness and pace of Matt Phillips recently, and Tony Pulis was dealt another blow in the week when James Morrison hurt his ankle. Between them those two have 10 goals and 10 assists this season.

But today, McClean provided the pace on the wing and Chadli provided the guile in midfield.

They were allowed to flood forward because behind them, Livermore was in supreme form two days after his call-up to the England squad, and he refused to give any of the Arsenal players a moment's peace.

But there were brilliant performances all over. Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley were steadfast at the back, Dawson scored two and kept tabs on Sanchez while Nyom was typically entertaining at left-back.

Before today, owner Guochuan Lai had never seen Albion win. Since he bought a majority stake in the club for £175million last summer he's been to the home games against Everton, Tottenham, the two Manchester clubs, and now Arsenal.

He likes the big games. Unfortunately for him, Albion's record against the top seven has been dismal this season. But not anymore.

Arsenal may be in turmoil, but they still have a team brimming with quality. Albion's first win this season against a team in the top seven leaves them seven points away from their record tally in the Premier League, and what this performance does is prove that yes, they are desperate to chase it down.

Key moments

12 GOAL ALBION - Craig Dawson make a late near-post run and nods in Nacer Chadli's corner.

15 GOAL ARSENAL - Alexis Sanchez is left in acres of space at the back post and he's easily picked out. The Chilean steps inside before roofing his shot.

37 Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech limps off with injury and is replaced by David Ospina.

54 Tony Pulis brings Hal Robson-Kanu on for Salomon Rondon

55 GOAL ALBION - The substitute toe-pokes the ball past Ospina after Chadli lifts it over the Arsenal defence. McClean is standing offside but he lets it go through his legs and the goal stands.

66 Danny Welbeck crashes a header off the crossbar from a corner.

67 Robson-Kanu nearly adds a second, but Ospina saves his shot and then Chadli rounds the keeper but his effort is cleared off the line.

75 GOAL ALBION - Dawson gets his second of the afternoon with another header from a corner, this time McClean's.

Man of the match

James McClean - Plenty of contenders but the winger was dangerous on the counter-attack and determined in defence.

Position in the table

 8th, with 43 points from 29 games

Teams

Albion (4-1-4-1): Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Nyom; Livermore; Chadli (Field 89), Fletcher (c), Brunt (Yacob 72), McClean; Rondon (Robson-Kanu 54). Unused subs: Myhill, Olsson, M Wilson, Leko.

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Cech (Ospina 37); Bellerin, Koscielny (c), Mustafi, Monreal; Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Walcott (Giroud 65), Ramsey, Sanchez; Welbeck. Unused subs: Mertesacker, Gabriel, Coquelin, Elneny, Iwobi.

Referee: Neil Swarbick (Lancashire)

Attendance: 24,065 (2,766 Arsenal)

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Comments for: "West Brom 3 Arsenal 1 - Report and pictures"

ELDERVO

Stunning win guys, stunning. Have to say ... pride of the Midlands (for now lol)

Baggies forever.

I am one very happy Baggie, a truly professional performance, hope we can take that passion and commitment to Man Ure. Never mind Jose, it's T. P. who's the special one.

CantelloRocket 78

The Gunners downed by Baggies Munich...Boing !! Boing !! BOOM...!!! :-)

Captain Mardon International

Sadly for me I'm working only a mile from the Emirates, so could only listen to it on radio. It sounded like we wanted to win from the start. Can I just add that Killer Kilbane was very kind to us in his assessment. You all know however that our sterling efforts will be glossed over by the Wenger situation, and that they are below par. Lucky win.....

It's great to see we have players who when given the chance perform like that. I was starting to worry about super Matty Phillips being injured, then Jimmy too made me think of a defensive shut down with no creativity. Mr Pulis though has managed to get this small, aging but close squad to beat a big team like Arsenal.

Did I hear right that Rondon threw his shirt when walking off?

Albion til I die!

biggest club

The gunners have been shot down ,well done boys , coyb

Boing boing boing

Mboy

Decent win against the worst Arsenal team for 20 years. (They will NOT qualify for the Champions League this year!!)

I suppose the goals justify practicing corners all week instead of practicing passing the ball to each other.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Come on Mboy. We all know that if Arsenal were playing to the top of their form they'd always beat us. They've got a second XI that cost more than our first XI.

We beat them, enjoy it.

Osborne's Gloves

If you cannot say something really positive or sensible after a cracking performance/result like that , I suggest you just go away and don't come back. You're an idiot of the highest order.

Mboy

Can you tell me what your problem is with my factually correct comment, Imbecile? Is "decent win" not a positive comment? I think that you need to learn to read and comprehend.

Mboy

I have also given a positive justification for Pulis' training methods, thicko!!

Btw - I am not going anywhere - I'm the only one on here that counters all the Pulis lovers who refuse to accept certain issues at the Club. Disappointing to see thousands of empty seats, yet again, today!!

baggietillidie

"Decent win" said through seemingly gritted teeth.

Kev in Mallorca

Got to say Mboy that med'me giggle, day started with me misplacing me'passport, PANIC but found it, case packed, off to The Winning Post in Magaluf, arrived at 1-1 left very 'appy at 3-1, no problems landed at Stanstead, onto train and tube to Premier Inn by Heathrow, popped off at the drink line at a bank, checked in, 3 quick pints, back to room watching MOTD, click on the hotel wi fi, and the fust comment that med me giggle, there you were,together with the chasing pack, om' giggling to me'self as om'typing.

Well done young man, I really 'ope we can av that pint ya promised in the Vine after the Liverpool game, bringing 2 plastic scousers and stoppin' at Robin 2.

Still giggling, off to LA in morning

'deu

The Real Bully Hoo.

What was that old Cliff Richards song?

Oh that's it... On the Beach.

Mboy

Maybe that those two weeks on the beach helped, along with that crisis meeting on Monday!!!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Come on mate, give some credit where it's due. I know you don't like Tony Pulis but that result today has been achieved without two of our best attacking players and we don't have the luxury of £40 million pound players in the team and a bench full of expensive players. If you don't mind me saying, you're in danger of making yourself look like a curmudgeon. Just be glad.

Mboy

I am glad - I cheered as much as everyone else when our goals went in. However, I am absolutely sick and tired of all the self righteous posters on here who tell us all that all is well with our Club and hail the current Manager as someone similar to Jesus Christ.

If anyone would like to talk to some real fans, rather than "imaginary" ones on here, they will see a valid, different, point of view. This opposing point of view would not be heard on here if it wasn't for me - the others can't be arsed any more, as I pointed out earlier in the week.

It was absolutely obvious what was going to happen on here tonight, so I think I'll just have some "fun"!!!

We Only Need One Half!

Of course, that presupposes you and your mates are the only real fans and are right and anyone who disagrees with you is wrong Mboy.

You are in danger of disappearing up your own chocolate whizz wham with statements like that Mboy.

baggietillidie

Yeah, but next time you 'cheer' try doing it while standing up - it would look far more convincing.

Kev in Mallorca

Well yo'med me loff M'boy.

'deu

Yowl be avin The Flying Fig on in a bit tellin' ya he's a nice boy and everybody loves 'im

brandhall baggie

Well I said it last week when I believed as a baggies fan we all know what can happen and we might go and beat the Arsenal....and so we did, and if all they can moan about is the challenge from McCLean on Sanchez well that's good enough for me...anyway we ain't had the rub of the green the last two games so we deserve a bit...well done to all as this was a team performance they all played their part but Daws had to be Mann of the match as he didn't putt a foot wrong.

Still saying that 8th will do me come the end of the season with a big gap between us and 9th....it's still possible now we have the monkey off our back on top 6 sides, this was still a quality team regardless we played off the park, yer Avin a loft ay yer Gooners.... COYB..

brandhall baggie

No SR took his shirt off going down the tunnel, he should have stayed and watched Hal RK as maybe he might have seen why he was taken off, disappointed in SR doing that, but he has been ok for the main but as said here's before, if Chinese come in for him at stupid money let him go and find a few others for the dish, as far as I know he is the biggest wage at the club....and Mboy, who cares if we couldn't pass the ball to each other at least we passed it in th net via a header or two Boing Boing.

Mboy

Do you think that we should have accepted £30 million plus for Rondon from the Chinese in January, like I said we should have? Don't think we'll get that for him now.

Bladerunner

Possession is nothing if you don't use it, as Pulis has proved with the Baggies all season. Arsenal had 80% of the possession, yet Albion had more corner kicks, Arsenal had over 700 passes, the Baggies had just 200 passes, but it was the Baggies who scored three good goals. Will Pulis and West Brom be given any credit for this result in the press tomorrow, probably not, all the newspaper inches will be about Arsenal and Wenger and will imply, yet again, that Albion were lucky or didn't deserve the win.

Will Dawson or Robson-Kanu be given any mention, other than as the named goal scorers, very doubtfull. The press will once again be about the big money money players who failed to breakdown the Baggies defence.

Captain Mardon International

They also only had 2 shots on target compared to 8 from us.

The Real Bully Hoo.

I think those two posts say it all about Arsenal. If football was decided by judges on artistic impression, they'd be the Torvill and Dean of football and win everything. But football is a sport and it's about skill, effort, teamwork but above all else, bottle. And as James McLean demonstrated with that run in the second half, we've got plenty of that.

El Bastado

Why does he only do it once a season though matey

Osborne's Gloves

I was really concerned after the last two results that players were mentally already lying on the beach, but a fantastic display and result. Now, let's kick on for 50 points, we can see if around 8th place should start attracting even better players to come and join us.

Mboy

Interesting post. Why didn't you post your concerns a few weeks ago? Fraud!!

CantelloRocket 78

A strange thing happened today -

I fed the garden birds as usual - the blackbirds, robins, and sparrows were all feeding normally - but those parrots that have been screeching ' 40 pts and on the beach !! ' for the past couple of weeks have now decided to feed on sour grapes and humble pie instead this weekend.

Ain't nature just amazing...?? ;-)

Mboy

One swallow does not make a Summer.

CantelloRocket 78

More like ' one swallow after eating humble pie '...LOL...!! :-))

The Real Bully Hoo.

If you've found a bird that swallows M'boy, I don't know why you're so miserable.

Cyril

Bully, I mis-read that post to start with, then I wet my pants laughing. Brilliant !

CantelloRocket 78

Well, blow me down....that WAS very funny, mate...!! :-)

We Only Need One Half!

That gag is post of the week Bully lol.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Thanks Cyril. Making you laugh is still one of life's pleasures. Hope you're well mate, we don't hear enough from you on here these days.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Are you in a slow Broadband area WONOH? That post has taken 2 days to come up.

El Bastado

At last a baggies fan who tells it like it is. Unlike most on here living in cloud cuckoo land.

Its horrendous that the great unwashed are verbally attacking Mboy for his honest comments. Especially as he states that the attendances are plummeting due to turgid football .

CantelloRocket 78

Funny, but Chelsea won the Champions League, and Leicester won the Premier League by playing the same system-

although as you appear to be a dingle, I should probably talk about Wigan and Burton Albion instead, something you actually understand...:-)

Jack the Hat.

El Basti,

Wolves played turgid football today and their fans are over the moon.

* Onward and upward with the BAGGIES *

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Baggies forever.

Do I detect dingle genes among some of the comments on here? Anyone would think we'd lost. It's a great performance and a brilliant win, losen up and be happy.

baggietillidie

Where are ya? - Where are ya?............ you perennial Pulis haters, you "Beach" slur idiots - You Know who You Are! SO MAN-UP, swallow down your own throats the bile you've been belching all over this site, and TURN-UP on here NOW - have the guts to pay your long overdue respect to TP, and his battling band of brothers, or else go hang your heads in shame!

Baggies forever.

Hi mate, that comment wasn't meant for you but the happy one on here this evening, and we all know who that is!

Mboy

Calm down, dear!!

Baggies forever.

Don't flatter yourself love.

baggietillidie

Hi Forever - Don't waste yer breath on him mate - comes to something when the only bloke warming to Mboy's comments is a Dingle. lol.

Kev in Mallorca

Btid

Yo spoke too soon, the cavalry's just arrived, feel a bit like John Wayne.

CantelloRocket 78

Tillie,

don't forget the ' dingle lovers ' as well mate...;-)

Jack the Hat.

Forever,

Take no heed of Kev, Mboy has promised him a pint, like buying friendship I say.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Kev in Mallorca

Now, now Jack calm down, it was over 12 months agoo and M'boy is a very shy bloke so dow start ya tittle tattle just yet.

baggietillidie

Correction............."the only blokes warming to Mboy's comments is a Dingle and Kev" - and now I'm loffin' even louder.

Baggies forever.

You should be happy, your lot won 3-1 at Fulham.

Cyril

I made it a rule only to give detention to girls but after reading that lot some of you get 100 lines as well ! I'm not a 'Pulis Football' lover but credit where it's due we won well today. I wasn't able to see a kick either but with any luck the highlights will be extended on BBC as it's Arsenal. Then there will be the pleasure of reading The Lun Dun Sun on Mun Day to see if we get a mention other than the score line. I wonder whether Jake Livermore will get a cap now he's in the squad ? As for Rondon, he's been off the boil for quite a few games now and may need resting to liven him up.

wba-man

I thought Robson-Kanu was a big improvement on Rondon today. His general touch and control was far better and I was pleased he was rewarded with a goal. You can't fault Rondon's effort but he looks totally lacking in confidence. If I were Pulis I'd give RK a run in the side for the next few games at least.

1968

Yes, Rondon looked a bit off colour and should perhaps have done better with two sharp chances, which, if one had been converted, would have kept him on the field. His body language looked a bit off as well; as if he was permanently frustrated with things. Perhaps R-Kanu's solid and eventful performance will spur him, but in fact he may just need a rest and a rethink of his game and place in the team, and why he is not finding the net as often as we would all like. I, like others have a lot of respect for the lad, and really hope he gets back to his scoring ways soon. Upwards and onwards!

CantelloRocket 78

Apparently, during the game a ' gooner ' on twitter tweeted ' hahaha !! West Brom need a goal, so they've brought on Robson-Kanu...Lolololol...!! '-

so far, he's had over 6,000 responses loffin' at him.........lol...!! ( 6001 ;-)

wba-man

Well, it did take him all of 70 seconds to find the net!

BobWF

"I'm sorry, I did not see that; I was busy looking skywards for excuses."

Good win, and a professional performance. What kind of wannabe a Dingle goes on about "on another day" on a day like today? Pathetic.

No doubt some pundits will be all over McCleans' tackle; no one, of course, will give M'boy's a second thought or a first for that matter.

We Only Need One Half!

;-)

AndyHH

Personally I think we did a proper job on them and as Shearer said...." out thought and out fought"...so take the points. Dawson was immense and how he's not been called up is perplexing now (we'll take him if you've no use for the lad!!)...and I thought McClean was really effective today.....full of running and doing a lot of the donkey work as well.

Arsenal had all the talent on show but they never "showed" for the ball when it got tough. I loved the way Sam Field came on and instantly made himself available for the ball and when he broke through at the end of the game.....for a moment I wanted him to run on goal and not towards the corner but......hey ho.

On an aside here....for me Arsenal at times resembled us under TM....very tippy tappy and easy on the eye but no end product. Like the boxer who has all the skills and can land a few jabs whilst moving around nicely but one or two overhand rights and they fall like a bag of sh~~~

It's a good win and we move on........and if Arsene goes the Albion curse wil have struck again...

CantelloRocket 78

I don't normally watch MOTD, but after the E&S said on the other thread that the Baggies were ' superb ', Alan Shearer also said we were ' brilliant ', and Graeme Le Saux was also very impressed by Albion's performance - it seems even Robbie Savage was apparently gushing about us...lol !!

Thankfully I trust both my own eyes, and the opinion of certain former experienced PL players in making judgements - football's a flexible game that requires the right tactics at the right times, something I've learnt over more than 50 years of watching games.As always, it's down to opening your eyes, and seeing the whole, ' big ' picture - so maybe if I try hard enough, one day I'll become a ' real ' fan...lol...!! ;-)

Mboy

Go and talk to the real fans not taking up the thousands of empty seats.

We Only Need One Half!

So, by your own criteria, in your own eyes, are you saying you are not a real fan because you attended Mboy? mixed messages?

Truth be told, there were empty seats, but those "real" fans weren't missed at all, because the place was still jumping, would I swap that atmos just to have a couple of thousand seats filled by moaning, miserable gits? No thank you.

CantelloRocket 78

Funnily enough, I always thought the ' real ' fans - and most importantly real ' supporters ' - were the ones who have the backbone and loyalty to stick with it through thick and thin, who realise football is essentially a game in which a team aims to better or overcome the opposition, in the way those lads at Salters did back in 1878.

I've always been a fan of attacking football, but I've realised over the years that you set out to deal with the challenge facing you by adopting a suitable strategy at any given time.

If I only wanted to watch a group of performers making graceful movements, I'd buy a ticket for the Royal Ballet, and if I ' demanded to be entertained ', then I'd aim for the latest blockbuster at a local cinema.

Most of all, I like to give a person a chance when they set out to do a job, and defend them when they're constantly being attacked - there are people who will never accept Tony Pulis, because they refuse to change their narrow views, and brand him a ' dinosaur ', yet ironically dinosaurs died out because they refused to adapt or change their views...;-)

Mboy

Die hard fans are those that normally sit in those empty seats. There are a lot of Premier League glory hunters keeping the numbers above 20,000.

As the intelligent Arsene Wenger said after the game, "one team came to play football, the other defended well".

baggietillidie

What a damn fine philosophy - so the folk who DO go to every game, come hell or high water, are not real fans, because the real fans stay at home.........and the sun rises in the west, and a bl***y pig has just crashed into me chimney!

The Real Bully Hoo.

That's a bit paradoxical Mboy.

"The die-hard fans are the ones that don't turn up because they don't like the manager." Surely die-hard fans support the club.

I didn't stop attending because I didn't like Bryan Robson.

I support WBA FC. I don't support Tony Pulis or Jeff Astle or Jeremy Peace. They have all played important roles in the history of our club to varying degrees but if they had done it elsewhere, frankly I wouldn't give a toss about them.

My love is for WBA FC. It has been through the 3rd division, through the bad days of the 70's and the diabolical days of the 90's.

I have a lot more respect for genuine Wolves fans that stuck with and supported their club through their own dark days than I have for the faint hearts at our own club that jump ship because they don't like the manager or because we're not in the PL.

One love.

Mboy

I do not necessarily disagree with you on this, Bully. However, I know a number of die hard Albion fans who have followed the club through thick and thin but choose not to attend anymore, - I assume that you know some as well, as there's plenty about!! I'm sure they will come back at some stage.

Even in the "diabolical" times in the 90s, the fans pretty much stuck together - we certainly have at least two factions now, for well documented reasons. This is a shame!!

CantelloRocket 78

One thing I do know - my Wife's registered on social network, so I regularly read comments made by Baggies fans on there, and in absolute truth I see more and more coming forward to say they previously criticised and disliked Tony Pulis, but now believe they got it wrong, and are impressed with what he's achieving.

It's always great to see, because it takes a ' big man ' to come forward and admit they may have been wrong - and such people certainly gain my respect...

The Real Bully Hoo.

I remember a match in the bad times of the 70's M'boy, a Tuesday night against Notts County it was freezing and snowing and we struggled to a 1-1 draw. Just over 11,000 of us stuck together then, I think it was a record low at the time. Don Howe was manager and we were awful, the standard of football was terrible but we stuck it out to the final whistle.

Die hard fans come in all shapes and sizes mate but ones that give up on their clubs because they don't like the manager are not die-hards in my book, more like cry-babies. I have a lot more respect for somebody like you that hates the manager and still turns up, even if you do moan about it after (joke.)

Jack the Hat.

Dawson is my *Star man*, any chance of converting him into a Jeff Astle mark2?. Craig reminded me of his England youth days as he was so lethal in the box with his heading ability. The way he uses his pace would serve him well down the middle, now get his shooting technique right and we have an icon. Rating 9.

Other players to outpace the Gunners were Nyom and the tough McClean were in blistering form with Alan also making good clearances out of our box at crucial times. Chadli responded well after his early ball-watching which led to their goal, Al Robson-Kanu was a revelation when he came on for the out of sorts Rondon. Holding the ball up or joining in with the fast raiding parties, glad he got his well earned goal. Ratings 8. Great to see the level headed Sam Field come on for game time and he received the ball, made a beeline for the corner flag to wind down the clock for the last few minutes.

Tony Pulis' substitutions were spot on and like us he is over the moon at this display.

* Onward and upward with the BAGGIES *

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Bazzaboy97

Congratulations to the Baggies for putting on an excellent performance the game was shown live at 1-30 am and well worth the lack of sleep , thought Chad's was a bit sloppy early doors but grew into the game Salomon looks like a striker out of sorts and low on confidence he badly needs a goal to get him back on track.

Loved the energy of Nyom and McClean certainly have great engines coupled with terrific work rate the win was well deserved and to see the faces of the Gooners trudging of our pitch with their heads down looking dejected and humbled by little old Baggies well worth the lack of sleep.

Well done Tony lets do the same thing to Man Ure 7pts up on the Potters again their game followed the Baggies so decided to watch that as well and one guy in particular sh you know who he did sweet FA apart from pushing a defender in the back and getting their goal disallowed did nothing £12,000,000 what a fantastic piece of business by Mr Williams.

Once again well done Tp and the Baggies.

The Real Bully Hoo.

You're right mate, that cross he was on the end of second half was a peach and he would have buried it normally but he's chronically short of confidence and desperately needs a goal, a tap in would do.

Danish Baggie

Excelent. Keeping Arsenal to 2 shoots on target. I'm not realy a stat mann, but this is mindblowing:

Arsenal possesion 77% wich is 69 minutes. 2 shots on target, wich is a shot on target every 34,5 minute

ALBION POSSESION 23% WICH IS 21 MINUTES. 8 SHOTS ON TARGET WICH IS A SHOT ON TARGET EVERY 2,6 MINUTE

Possision my a**e

We Only Need One Half!

Spot on Danish.

CantelloRocket 78

Well it's great to see such good vibes on here, a fantastic day all round - it also just crossed my mind that two of the ' usual suspects ' came out the woodwork last week to attack their favourite targets, Tony Pulis and James McClean, then days later we beat one of the ' big ' clubs, and the E&S names McClean as MOTM...lol...!!

I really do enjoy a good loff...:-)

The Real Bully Hoo.

One of them will be missing in action today, while he thinks up a new name.

CantelloRocket 78

Hi mate,

not sure if it was here or elsewhere, but one ' anti-Pulite ' ranted - after we lost 0-3 at Everton - ' why can't Pulis attack, like Silva does at Hull, and look at the results they're getting !! '-

days later, Hull lose 0-4 at Everton.

They will repeatedly insist on waving a shotgun around, then shoot themselves in the foot...lol!!