Full-time: West Brom 1-1 Arsenal

  • Arsenal denied victory in Arsene Wenger's record-breaking 811th game as a Premier League manager in controversial fashion at The Hawthorns
  • The Gunners look to have secured a late victory in a poor contest after substitute James McClean deflects an Alexis Sanchez free-kick into his own net
  • However, Jay Rodriguez smashes home an 89th-minute penalty after Calum Chambers is harshly penalised by Mike Dean for handling a ball from former teammate Kieran Gibbs
  • Point means that relegation-threatened West Brom, now winless in 19 league matches, will not sit bottom of the table heading into 2018 thanks to goal difference
  • The Gunners temporarily leapfrog rivals Tottenham into fifth, but sit three points adrift of the top four
  • Mesut Ozil misses clash with a "slight" knee injury that could rule him out of the midweek London derby against Chelsea
  • Sead Kolasinac limps off in the first half and Laurent Kocielny is also replaced by Per Mertesacker
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That draw means that Arsenal do temporarily jump above Tottenham into fifth and move within three points of the top four before hosting Chelsea on Wednesday.

Spirited West Brom, now without a win in 19 league matches, leapfrog Swansea into 19th on goal difference ahead of their trip to West Ham on Tuesday.



West Brom 1-1 Arsenal

The usually mild-mannered Cech is also booked after the final whistle as Wenger waits for Dean outside the tunnel.


We should mention that Arsenal goal has indeed gone down as a McClean OG. Wilshere was also booked for protesting the penalty decision.


Krychowiak fouls Xhaka and Arsenal go in search of a stoppage-time winner.

Lacazette gets past his man before firing a cross straight into the hands of Foster.


What a dramatic end to this contest. Four minutes of added time for someone to find a winner.


No mistake from Rodriguez, who smashes his penalty straight down the middle.

Wenger is absolutely furious.

Jay Rodriguez


Goal: West Brom 1-1 Arsenal (Jay Rodriguez)


Gibbs chases a pass down the left channel and flicks the ball onto the hand of Chambers, who had no time at all to react.

That looked very harsh indeed. Rodriguez steps up...


Penalty to West Brom


Not over yet as Dawson almost makes contact with a dangerous cross. Can West Brom find a late equaliser?


McClean turns his back at the vital moment and Sanchez's right-footed effort smashes in off his leg. Could that be an own goal?

Arsenal's players swarm around the Chilean and Bellerin makes a point of gesturing how "together" they are.

Alexis Sanchez


Goal: West Brom 0-1 Arsenal (James McClean OG)


Dawson and Barry converge on Sanchez and give away the free-kick. Sanchez to take...


Lacazette brings down Barry and West Brom have a free-kick in a useful position. With Brunt now off the pitch, McClean's strike is blocked by the wall.


With Chambers' attentions occupied by the invisible man, Rodriguez runs at the Arsenal defence before his deflected shot is beaten away by Cech.

Bellerin blocks the follow-up attempt from McClean.


The final changes see Welbeck replace Iwobi and Robson-Kanu withdrawn in favour of Allan Nyom.

A defensive move from Pardew and West Brom.


Iwobi intercepts a very loose pass from Livermore but fails to trouble Foster with a lacklustre strike from a long way out.


A flurry of changes now as Mertesacker replaces Koscielny and Phillips and Brunt make way for James McClean and Grzegorz Krychowiak.

Koscielny did not look to be struggling, although he does have to manage that long-term achilles condition.


Arsenal begin to lay siege to the West Brom box, but cannot find a way through their resilient backline.

The ball is cleared from Sanchez after another nice touch from Lacazette and Xhaka's shot is blocked.


Bellerin concedes possession in dismal fashion and Robson-Kanu looks incredulous as he is denied a free-kick following what looked like a body check from Chambers.


Lacazette fails to get the proper purchase on a ball from Xhaka and Foster gratefully collects.

It looks like Mertesacker is going to be sent on soon, rather than Walcott or Danny Welbeck. Another injury for Arsenal or a change in system?



Arsenal keep up the pressure as Sanchez cuts inside Dawson before rattling a shot into the side netting.

Deadlock still to be broken just past the hour mark.