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Arsenal managed to bounce back from two consecutive defeats in the Premier League against Manchester City and Everton, to defeat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Monday thanks to a late goal from Olivier Giroud.
It was a dour first-half in London as Tony Pulis’ side managed to keep the Gunners largely at bay, giving away very few opportunities for the home side. However, things changed post the restart, with Arsene Wenger’s men coming very close to breaking the deadlock, only to be thwarted by Ben Foster in the Baggies’ goal repeatedly. But Giroud managed to get one past the 33-year old, giving Arsenal the lead in the 86th minute, and thereby sealing the game.
It was the Baggies’ second defeat in a row, after having lost to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United last weekend at home and they will certainly be disappointed by the result whereas the North Londoners eked out a victory that should ease some pressure that was being built up since the last two losses.
Here we pick out five pictures that sum up the evening at the Emirates:
Mesut Ozil started the game against the Baggies at the Emirates and it marked his 100th Premier League appearances for Arsenal. The former Real Madrid playmaker is enjoying a fine goal-scoring form for the Gunners this season, having scored five times in the Premier League and adding four more in the Champions League. Ozil now is the second-best player in terms of most assists in their first 100 appearances. The German has notched up a very impressive 36 assists in his century of league games and this number is only bettered by a certain Eric Cantona who had 39 assists in his first 100 appearances for Manchester United. He left his mark on the game, assisting the winner with a beautiful cross for Giroud.