Brilliant Baggies silence the Gunners
- Albion goals: Morrison (35), Arteta (og 40)
- Arsenal goal: Giroud (28)
- Cazorla misses late penalty
- Albion star man: James McClean
- Attendance: 24,343
SUPER Albion came up with a stirring performance to grab a memorable 2-1 Hawthorns win against high-flying Arsenal.
Tony Pulis’ men were given a well-deserved standing ovation as they produced both the quality and the grit to register their best home result and performance of the season so far.
They had to come from behind when Olivier Giroud beat the offside trap to head home a Mesut Ozil free kick just before the half hour.
But Albion replied in kind with James Morrison cleverly cushioning a finish over Petr Cech from a Chris Brunt free kick seven minutes later.
And five minutes later they had the lead when Morrison and Salomon Rondon fashioned a break for man-of-the-match James McClean to deliver a cross Mikel Arteka could only convert into his own net.
In a second half of growing tension and drama, both teams hit the woodwork but in the face of some heroic defending from the Baggies, Arsenal missed their chance of a point when Santi Cazorla missed a penalty.
It was Albion’s first win over Arsenal for five years and first at The Hawthorns since 2005, at the end of which Albion were sitting in 12th place in the Barclays Premier League.
Albion: Myhill, Dawson, Evans, Olsson, Brunt, Morrison (Lambert 77), Fletcher (c), Yacob, McClean, Sessegnon (Gardner 61), Rondon (Berahino 68).
Subs: Lindegaard; Chester, McManaman, Anichebe.
Booked: Morrison (43, foul); Brunt (83, foul) Myhill (90 time-wasting)
Arsenal: Cech, Bellerin, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal, Coquelin (Arteta 14 – Flamini 48), Cazorla, Sanchez, Ozil, Gibbs (Campbell 63), Giroud.
Subs: Ospina, Debuchy, Gabriel, Adelaide
Booked: Bellerin (31, foul); Giroud (42, foul)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Gosforth)