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Arsenal get back on track with win over West Brom
Mohamed Elneny continued his run in the heart of Arsenal’s midfield, but he was paired with Aaron Ramsey on Thursday evening, as opposed to Francis Coquelin.
Arsenal came into the game knowing they needed a win not only to keep their very slim title hopes alive, but more importantly, to secure a position in the top four.
They immediately got off on the right foot, as Alexis Sanchez scored in the fifth minute. The Chilean took a pass from Aaron Ramsey, completed a delightful turn to leave the opponents stranded, and fired his shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner of West Brom’s goal.
Arsenal continued their offensive onslaught, as they could have doubled their lead four minutes later, but Ozil’s shot was saved.
The Gunners continued their dominance, and they finally got their second goal eight minutes before half time. Alexis Sanchez scored a magnificent free kick, which left West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster stranded in his goal.
Arsenal went into the dressing room with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
The second half continued as the first half ended – with Arsenal on the front foot. In the 59th minute, Alex Iwobi had a penalty shout rightly waved off by the referee. Three minutes later, Elneny had his own shout waved off.
In the 66th minute, Ozil could have made it three to the Gunners. He had two chances to beat Ben Foster, but the English goalkeeper made a great save on the first attempt, and Ozil sent the second high.
In the 80th minute, Francis Coquelin replaced Nigerian midfielder Alex Iwobi, who has become a staple of the Arsenal squad as of late. Five minutes later, Joel Campbell and Theo Walcott replaced Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, respectively.
Campbell almost scored with his first touch, but he pulled his driving shot just wide. The rest of the game ended without incident, and Arsenal ran out 2-0 victors.
The win sees Arsenal leapfrog Manchester City into third place, five points behind London rivals Tottenham, and ten points behind leaders Leicester City. The Gunners next play Sunderland on Sunday.