Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta emphasized that, following the victory against West Brom, the Gunners released the handbrake. Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka’s second-half brace and goals from Alexandre Lacazette gave them a commanding 4-0 victory at the Hawthorns.
For the second time under Arteta, the Gunners have now won three straight Premier League games and climbed up to 11th, three points off the top six, just weeks after the season threatened to tip over and Arteta was challenged – but improvement is being made by the boss. “This is so close to what we want,”This is so close to what we want. With the idea I want, this is an Arsenal team. When we were really close to that, there were certain moments. There were moments when we were very strong, both defensively and offensively. “This is an Arsenal team with the idea I want. There were certain moments when we were very close to that. There were moments when we were really good, both defensively and offensively. ” There’s far more optimistic energy and momentum. “It’s always hard to win away from home and we did it in a really convincing way. The visitors took the lead on 23 minutes when Tierney twice beat Darnell Furlong, cut inside from the left and beat Sam Johnstone. Five minutes later it was 2-0 to Albion when Saka successfully completed a move involving Emile Smith Rowe and Lacazette. Mikel Arteta (left) feels Arsenal pulled the handbrake and played freely (Rui Vieira/PA)There was no turning back for the Baggies and after a Callum Robison goal was disallowed for offside, Lacazette scored twice in the space of three minutes in the second half. First he scored after Semi Ajayi had directed Saka’s cross at the post and Smith Rowe’s follow-up shot blocked, then the striker scored his ninth goal of the season when he headed in Tierney’s cross from a yard out. Alexandre Lacazette scored the winner from close range (Michael Reagan/PA)Albion have now lost their last two home games 5-0 and 4-0 and have conceded 12 goals in Sam Allardyce’s three games at the Hawthorns Stadium. After another defeat to the Gunners, West Brom are now only second, six points off the top of the table and Allardyce knows where West Brom need to improve, “Winning away from home is always difficult and we did it in a really convincing way. On 23 minutes, when Tierney beat Darnell Furlong twice, cut inside from the left and beat Sam Johnstone, the visitors took the lead. Five minutes later, when Saka successfully completed a move involving Emile Smith Rowe and beat Sam Johnstone, it was 2-0 to Albion. First and foremost, we need to avoid scoring sloppy goals,” said the former Everton coach, who confirmed striker Karlan Grant is expected to be out for five weeks with a broken foot.Sam Allardyce has suffered three heavy home defeats since taking over West Brom (Tim Keeton/PA) “As we showed against Manchester City and Liverpool, we need to get better defending as a team,” he said. “We need to be mor mor mor mor. “They had some moments of joy at Liverpool (a 1-1 draw) and that joy didn’t turn into solid performances after that. It shows that when we lose the ball we forget how to defend.”