West Brom 3 Arsenal 1 - Five talking points

Matt Wilson takes a look at the talking points to come out of the stunning 3-1 win against Arsenal.

The Baggies were sensational against Arsenal


When you put as much emphasis on 40 points as Tony Pulis does, there’s bound to be a subconscious release when you get there. But that only lasted one game. Both Pulis and the players insisted intensity remained high, and this was exactly the performance they needed to back those words up. It’s been a stunning season, but this was arguably the best team performance of all. To a man, Albion were on it. All the fall-out focused on Arsene Wenger’s future, but the Baggies deserved plenty of credit too.


It’s been slightly forgotten because of what’s come after but McClean actually started the season in good form, and only lost his place because he was suspended for the Leicester game, which kicked the campaign into gear. But his man of the match performance against Arsenal proved that he is more than just a bench-warmer who can come on for the last 15 minutes. He had a hand in all three goals and played with more passion than the whole Arsenal team put together. Now he’s in his prime, that £1.5million paid for him just under two seasons ago looks like good business.


Any doubters who watched Saturday’s lunch-time kick-off on television will have realised what Gareth Southgate saw in Jake Livemore. The January signing was a man possessed, harrying and hurrying every Arsenal player at every opportunity. But he’s also got a good passing range and showed the desire in the second half to get on the ball and dictate play. He could be in for a big week and based on his recent performances, he will impress an even wider audience if given the chance.


Albion’s unassuming defender caught the eye at centre-back recently, but he’s also quietly improved at right-back this season. His crossing his much better, and his decision-making is quicker. There aren’t many English defenders outside the squad as versatile as him or with as much Premier League experience, and if he keeps on this trajectory, it might not be long until his name is mentioned in the England conversation. Dawson played 15 times for England under-21s, nobody makes defenders quite like Pulis, and he proved with his two headers against Arsenal that he’s a goal threat too.


There will always be an element of fear when someone relatively unknown buys your club, and while Guochuan Lai’s hands-off approach that lets experienced men like John Williams and Tony Pulis take the reins is sensible, it means we haven’t heard much from him. But after finally watching his side win a game, Lai then set about making friends with the fans. There was a lovely thumbs-up photo on the M40 but also a few snaps outside the ground of the owner grinning from ear to ear. His motives for the purchase lie in what expertise a Premier League team can offer him in winning government contracts in China, but it's important supporters feel connected to him too.



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Comments for: "West Brom 3 Arsenal 1 - Five talking points"

Dave Gilberts old sock's

Never mind government contracts, this is West Bromwich Albion football club and if we're not top of his priorities he may as well sell up and let us grow without him.COYB


Really......he's a business man with multiple interests that enabled him to earn / garner enough money to buy us. He seems on the level and wants us to progress - he's employing the right people in the right places in order for us improve so what's the problem???

The long term will happen when it happens but for now I think we're in good hands on and off the pitch so lets enjoy the victory against a side that used to eat us alive....and now, like a few others, they don't.

Smile for goodness sake

Dave Gilberts old sock's

The report clearly says he purchased the Albion in the hope it would secure government contracts in China, although I'm not 100% sure i understand what that means it would suggest we are secondary in his thoughts and the fact that the January transfer debacle was no different to Peace's reign only fuel's the flames, I so hope I'm wrong but time will tell, : ) and as requested, here's a little smile.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Were you or were you not one of the posters constantly calling for JP to sell the club to somebody with more money?

In which case who would your preferred buyer have been?

Presumably a businessman with a large fortune who was so obsessed with WBA FC that he would be willing to put all of his other businesses on the back burner while he devoted the bulk of his time and money into the Albion.

Last question now and this should be simple to somebody with your knowledge.

Just where do we find somebody like that?

Dave Gilberts old sock's

Yes bully I was, but not just money,they also needed to have ambition and a stubborn willing ness to put our club on to the next level, we may have found the very man for the job but only time will tell.

Jack the Hat.


His business is his main priority if it wasn't he couldn't have afforded to buy our club, lets get the priorities right for starters.



Key talking point from my baggy missus is where are all the fans going lots of empty seats when playing well against big club.

It pains me to say it but the top midland club not playing to full stadium why ?

As for west midlands football it's collasping on its feet the top league is dominated by london - Manchester-liverpool we need all our teams to help break this monopoly.


Probably a good reason would be ticket prices, Adult £39 and kids £25 out of reach for a lot of people and when the game is on TV and 12.30 Kick Off.

I for one won't pay those prices and only take the kids to Cat B games which i feel are reasonable.

Sad to say it but i can also watch every game with a paid IPTV sub for £8 month in HD.

The Real Bully Hoo.

The words nail and head come to mind there mate. The West Midlands is not a rich area and those prices are prohibitive for families. The Albion need to look into this problem or we will pay the price in the long run.

I'm a STH and I know that cheaper tickets upset some other STH's but that's something the club will have to risk. We need the kids coming in and to do that we have to make sure the kid's parents can afford to bring them in.

Jack the Hat.

James McClean : Big player with a big heart says all you need to know about him.



Thats prior to his IRA comments then Fella ......

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