82 minutes: And almost another! Lacazette, who runs to the right side of the box and drives the ball across the goal, serves Willian, but Aubameyang can’t get his toe on it to convert!
82nd minute: West Brom for Phillips to bring on Rakeem Harper.
80 minutes: Just outside his own penalty area, Willian gives the ball away, but West Brom can’t capitalize and within 20 seconds are almost five goals down instead.
Arsenal clear and Aubameyang, before launching a shot on goal that Johnstone deflects, races into the box and past Bartley.
79th minute: There’s a chance for West Brom! At the far post, a cross from the left finds three home players vying for the opportunity to try.
One-on-one, Austin wins and shoots halfway high.
77 Minutes: Emile Smith Rowe, who was at the heart of Arsenal’s best moves at the stage of the game when Arsenal showed a lot of positive moves, had Joe Willock on.
75 mins: For a moment, the transfer ends with Tierney’s cross to Willian, who should have scored but instead shoots at Aubameyang, who manages to deflect the ball.
73 minutes: Apparently, it stopped snowing.
The raining goals would not have stopped.
72 minutes: Arsenal led 16:3 on shots, 10:1 on goal. Charles Antaki writes, “Sam Allardyce’s head looks like a Toby Krug who realized he was being used as a chamber pot,”
70th minute: Saka is all right, but he still goes off and instead Willian comes in.
70 minutes: Gallagher is given a yellow card for Saka’s journey.
70 minutes: Arsenal must defend a little bit now.
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2nd January, 2021
66 minutes: West Brom get Kyle Bartley on board and Ivanovic off.
Aubameyang goes into the box, drags with him a couple of defenders, and then plays a long pass to Tierney, who’s all alone to the left, and crosses to Lacazette, who’s all alone six yards from the goal and slots!
63rd minute: And again, it’s Arsenal now.
For Arsenal today, Bukayo Saka (2) has taken more shots on target than Willian (1) has in the Premier League all season.
2nd January, 2021
And there’s another target, but it’s going to Arsenal! Ajayi misjudges and Arsenal get to the right of the ball, where Saka is crossing. Here, Ajayi intervenes again to volley his own post against the ball.
The ball bounces back to Smith-Rowe, whose shot bounces back to Lacazette, who slots it in! This is an absolute nightmare of a goal for Semi Ajayi.
59th minute: Arsenal is also playing with reduced intensity, which helps the home side to lower the level.
Moreover, Aubameyang has been remarkably inconspicuous all this time. One goal and it’s still all in.
55th minute: Lacazette is played in, pushes the ball past the keeper on the right, but has an awkwardly acute angle, his shot is deflected by Johnstone and O’Shea clears.
54th minute: Bellerin is substituted, Maitland-Niles comes into the game.
53 minutes: West Brom are doing much better in the early stages of this half. That is, not quite so terribly. They’ve tried a few crosses already, so that’s an improvement.
51 minutes: Arsenal get back on top of West Brom, but Bellerin’s cross is too close to Johnstone, who intercepts. The ball is starting to hold up a bit in some places in the snow, perhaps that’s why the home side aren’t running tactically to encourage further snow build-up.
50th minute: “Could the game be stopped if the penalty line is no longer visible?” asks Jukka Itäkylä.
Theoretically, maybe, but the lines and penalty areas were cleaned up pretty darn well at halftime and look pretty clear at the moment.
47th minute: West Brom have the ball in the net, but the flag is up! The ball is lifted over the defense to Pereira, who is free through on the left in front of goal. His shot is deflected by Leno to the post, bounces back from there to the edge of the box, and Robinson slides the ball into the goal! The jubilation is interrupted by the linesman’s flag, as Pereira was about three yards offside at the start of the attack.
46 minutes: Peeeeep! Play resumes.
West Brom bring on Charlie Austin for Grady Diangana.
Bukayo Saka is the first player born after Sam Allardyce’s first Premier League appearance to score a goal against a Sam Allardyce team.
January 2, 2021
Sure, three goals isn’t very many, but it’s more than anyone else.
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