With a 4-0 victory over West Brom, Resurgent Arsenal FC continued their season. The second-half brace of Alexandre Lacazette complemented Kieran Tierney and Bukayo Saka’s goals.
For the second time under Mikel Arteta, the Gunners prevailed against Albion to make it three Premier League wins in a row. Arsenal won convincingly #WBAARS pic.twitter.com/MylGLew3wm- Premier League (@premierleague) January 2, 2021 With only one victory, Albion remains second in the table and has already conceded 12 goals in Sam Allardyce’s three home games. On one of their best nights this season, they captured the Gunners, and Arteta’s side breathed life into a campaign that just a few games earlier was falling apart at the seams. Arsenal only climbed to 11th, but the top six, three points behind Chelsea, who have played one more game, are at least within striking distance. Before Arsenal defeated Chelsea and Brighton over the holidays, Baggies coach Allardyce had said the Gunners were in a relegation fight with them. In each of his first three home matches, Sam Allardyce endured defeats as West Brom coach (Tim Keeton/PA) Albion came into the game on the back of Tuesday’s 5-0 loss to Leeds, and there is only one team on the way down after Saturday’s results. Within the first ten minutes, Hector Bellerin and Saka checked Sam Johnstone to set the stage for a dominant first half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang almost capped his 100th game in the Premier League with a goal, but at the far post he struggled to connect with Saka’s cross. #WBAARS pic.twitter.com/NOmVudUWYU- Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 2, 2021 The only hope for Albion was a shot from Matt Phillips, who, after a nice pass from Matheus Pereira, fired right at Bernd Leno. But after 23 minutes, Arsenal took the lead when Tierney showed why he is such an asset when fit. Darnell Furlong’s full-back twice got better, humiliated the defender on the left, moved inside and fired high from 15 yards past Johnstone. It was 2-0 five minutes later as the Gunners put the hosts with a fine step to the sword. Emile Smith Rowe traded passes with Saka and Lacazette before the Frenchman played in a cross for Saka, who continued his run unchallenged and slotted home. Emile Smith Rowe was the scorer at the Hawthorns Stadium (Tim Keeton/PA) Just like Leeds, the Gunners threatened to go ahead at the Hawthorns and Johnstone had to hold out Lacazette’s cross after Grady Diangana had scored. After the striker had outwitted Branislav Ivanovic, Johnstone struggled to beat Lacazette two minutes before the break. The hosts needed a reaction and after the restart, Callum Robinson hit the post, but they were prevented from celebrating by the offside flag. Oh, you—you… @LacazetteAlex 0-4 #WBAARS pic.twitter.com/mRBHt8kZgG- Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 2, 2021 But with two more quick Lacazette goals, Arsenal won the points. Saka created havoc again in the 61st minute when Semi Ajayi, who then blocked Smith Rowe’s follow-up, deflected his cross to his own post, but Lacazette tapped in the rebound. When the striker scored a Tierney cross from close range, the second goal on 64 minutes was just as easy. Johnstone stopped Aubameyang from adding a fifth in the closing stages and saved from Willian before Leno in stoppage time held out Rekeem Harper’s consolation goal.