Lacazette brace lifts Arsenal to seventh
Posted: 25 September 2017 Time: 21:14
A brace from Alexandre Lacazette saw Arsenal to a convincing 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night to move up to seventh on the Premier League log.
Jay Rodriguez could have had a penalty in the 8th minute when Shkodran Mustafi caught him in the box. However, instead of staying down and looking for it, he got up and fired a shot at goal — which Petr Čech tipped onto the far post.
Despite that scare, Arsenal dominated the early possession. In the 20th minute, they were rewarded when an Alexis Sánchez free-kick clattered into the crossbar and fell to Lacazette, who headed it home.
In the 35th minute, Jonny Evans picked up the first yellow card of the game for a challenge on Lacazette.
However, three minutes later, West Brom had another golden chance. Grzegorz Krychowiak surged down the left and found Jay Rodriguez with a fabulous cross. The Baggies frontman beat Cech with his header, but Nacho Monreal heroically cleared it off the line.
43 minutes in, Sánchez became the first Arsenal player in referee Bobby Madley’s book as he saw yellow for dissent.
Nevertheless, Arsenal withstood a spell of West Brom pressure towards the end of the first half and went into the break 1-0 up.
Within the first four minutes of the second half, Craig Dawson was yellow carded for a clumsy foul on Sánchez. Krychowiak also picked up a booking seven minutes later for a trip on Mohamed Elneny.
In the 66th minute, Madley awarded Arsenal a controversial penalty — ruling that Allan Nyom had pushed Aaron Ramsey off the ball in the box and showing him a yellow card. Lacazette stepped up and netted his second goal of the night.
That was to be the last crucial moment of the game as Arsenal claimed a comfortable victory, which stands them in good stead ahead of their Europa League clash with BATE Borisov on Thursday.
Tony Pulis might have some complaints about Madley’s officiating, but nevertheless, Arsenal were undoubtedly good value for their three points.