Premier League - Arsenal win to keep West Brom waiting

Premier League, Emirates Stadium – Arsenal 1 (Giroud 14) West Bromwich Albion 0

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Olivier Giroud of Arsenal after scoring during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion

Arsenal kept up their slim hopes of a top three finish with a 1-0 win that keeps West Brom waiting to secure their Premier League survival.

Olivier Giroud headed the Gunners ahead direct from Santi Cazorla’s corner in the 14th minute and that’s the way it stayed in a match of precious few chances that also saw Lukas Podolski hit the post.

West Brom are still almost certainly safe from relegation and need Norwich to win their remaining games to have anything to worry about.

For Pepe Mel's side this was a match to forget, while for Arsenal it was a victory that gave their players a nice atmosphere in which to parade around the Emirates with yet another stint in the Champions League to look forward to.

KEY MOMENTS

14’ – GIROUD OPENS SCORING: He gets in front of Dawson to nod Arsenal ahead from Cazorla’s corner.

24’ – FOSTER SAVES: Lovely ball from Cazorla finds Flamini but his cross is well saved by Foster before Giroud can pounce.

32’ – BERAHINO MISSES: Szczesny parries a Dorrans shot straight into his path but he fires over and was flagged just offside. Ozil then gifts it to Berahino who fires wide.

33’ – GREAT SAVE FOSTER: It falls to Cazorla who arrows his shot for the corner but the keeper is down really well to palm behind.

73’ – CHANCE OZIL: Giroud heads down to the German and he should score but the ball bobbles and he slides it wide.

75’ – PODOLSKI HITS POST: It comes back to him off Olsson and he snatched at the surprise chance after good initial work from Giroud.

TALKING POINT: Arsenal’s lack of midfield creativity. Aaron Ramsey looked a big loss today as the home side carved out precious few chances.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

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KEY STATS

Arsenal have scored in their last 16 previous games against the Baggies in the Barclays Premier League (W11 D3 L2).

Arsenal last failed to score in a Premier League game in May back in 2009 (0-0 v Man Utd).

Olivier Giroud scores for the third PL home match in a row for the first time in his Arsenal career. It's his 16th goal this season, in 35 matches, compared to 11 in 34 last season. It’s his eighth goal in his last seven games.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal): Tireless work rate and got the decisive goal. One of the few who performed on the day.

PLAYER RATINGS

Arsenal: Szczesny 6, Sagna 6, Mertesacker 7, Koscielny 7, Monreal 6, Flamini 6, Arteta 6, Cazorla 7, Ozil 6, Podolski 6, Giroud 8. Subs: Vermaelen 6, Kallstrom 6, Rosicky 6.

West Brom: Foster 6, Dawson 6, Lugano 6, Olsson 7, Brunt 6, Amalfitano 6, Mulumbu, Morrison 6, Dorrans 7, Sessegnon 6, Berahino 7. Subs: Anichebe 6, Vydra 6.

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