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Emirates Stadium (ATT 60,083) 8th December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Jones

Arsenal Arsenal vs West Bromwich Albion W Brom

Arsenal 2

M Arteta (pen 26, pen 64)

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W Brom 0

Santi Cazorla tumble gives Arsenal lift as Mikel Arteta penalties sink West Brom

Last Updated: 08/12/12 10:00pm

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Mikel Arteta: Scores first of two penalties as Arsenal lifted the gloom with a 2-0 win over West Brom

Mikel Arteta: Scores first of two penalties as Arsenal lifted the gloom with a 2-0 win over West Brom

Beleaguered Arsenal ended a miserable week with victory but it took a dubious penalty to set up a 2-0 win over stuttering West Brom.

Santi Cazorla's tumble made for an unsatisfying opener (26) but Mikel Arteta converted a second spot-kick after the break (64) to give an irritable Arsene Wenger a first win in five.

Best of the Match

  • Man of the Match: Arsenal's Santi Cazorla who dominated the play in the middle of the park and won the first penalty for his side.
  • Moment of the Match: Santi Cazorla's controversial dive which won Arsenal their first of two penalties.
  • Attempt of the Match: Gervinho's low drive from close range which was well denied by the goalkeeper.
  • Save of the Match: Boaz Myhill's brilliant low reaction save which prevented Gervinho from sliding his shot home from close range.
  • Talking point: Santi Cazorla's apparent dive which won Arsenal their first penalty.

How Arsenal needed an early goal to thaw the chill after defeats by Swansea and Olympiakos but when a Boaz Myhill punch dropped tantalisingly for Gervinho just minutes in, the striker scuffed his shot horribly.

West Brom - beaten for the third game in a row - were forced into a reshuffle, Goran Popov on for an injured Liam Ridgewell, and as an impressive Jack Wilshere surged forward into space, home discord gave way to cautious optimism.

Cazorla curled wide and volleyed another high under pressure but, though Arsenal were the better side, his breakthrough soon after never should have been. Steven Reid swiped at air and seemingly not man as the Spaniard cut back but Mike Jones pointed to the spot and Arteta accepted the gift.

Wilshere slid in to almost add a second seven minutes from the break but Arsenal deliveries had in truth been hit and miss and West Brom lethargic opponents.

The flashpoint made for second-half spice as both sides raised the tempo but glorious chances came - and went - for the home side.

Gervinho found dangerous positions only to flounder with alarming frequency; missing the ball completely, albeit under pressure, just yards from goal, while Lukas Podolski would later shank hopelessly high.

Steve Clarke swapped a peripheral Peter Odemwingie for the pace of Romelu Lukaku but any hope of a fightback was extinguished when Chris Brunt brought down Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with two flailing legs.

The Arsenal winger tussled with Popov in the build-up but Arteta kept his focus and the job was done.

Wenger's side had hardly been at their best but they hadn't needed to be.

ArsenalTeam StatisticsWest Bromwich Albion
2Goals0
11st Half Goals0
3Shots on Target1
9Shots off Target5
7Blocked Shots2
7Corners4
13Fouls12
6Offsides5
2Yellow Cards3
0Red Cards0
83.8Passing Success75.8
24Tackles21
83.3Tackles Success71.4
59Possession41
54.7Territorial Advantage45.3
493Total Passes330
28Total Crosses14
154Lost Balls156
65Recoveries50
60.11st Half Poss.39.9
59.72nd Half Poss.40.3

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