Arsenal were denied feat in Arsene Wenger’s 811th compare as a Premier League manager, as West Brom clinched a 1-1 pull during a Hawthorns on Sunday.
Iwobi denied by Foster in initial half
Lacazette kept out in second half
Sanchez free-kick goes in off McClean
Rodriguez levels from a symbol late on
Wenger looked set to applaud a miracle with all 3 points after Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick went in off James McClean in a shutting stages.
But Calum Chambers was cruelly penalised for sport dual mins from time, that resulted in a Baggies snatching a share of a booty by Jay Rodriguez’s penalty.
People can speak VAR all they like, though decisions like Dean’s chastisement decisions or a Punchen, Ali tackles etc only uncover that refereeing standards are only woeful, week after week. VAR won’t urge that
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The visitors enjoyed copiousness of possession in a opening stages, though it was Albion who combined a initial possibility on 6 minutes.
Hal Robson-Kanu was expelled down a right side and he crossed for Rodriguez to get a header on aim that was hold by Petr Cech on his line.
The Gunners went tighten only dual mins after when Alexandre Lacazette saw his shot deflected only far-reaching of a left post off Chris Brunt, while Alex Iwobi wasn’t distant divided from anticipating a top-right dilemma of a net with a curler from 17 yards out after being slipped in by Sanchez on 16 minutes.
Rodriguez wasn’t means to keep his header down from Gareth Barry’s cranky from a left 4 mins later, and Brunt squandered a free-kick when he twisted it good over a crossbar from 20 yards out on a right in a 27th minute.
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Ben Foster done a slight save from Granit Xhaka’s driven bid from stretch on a right moments after and a England screw had to be warning to palm divided Iwobi’s extreme left-footed strike from a dilemma of a box on a half-hour mark.
The residue of a initial half was uneventful and uninspiring, with a second half also delayed to get going.
Ahmed Hegazi scooped a shot far-reaching of a right post on 56 mins after he did good to move a round down from a corner, while Lacazette tested Foster during a other finish 4 mins after as he played a one-two with Iwobi to swell into a box and glow a low shot that a screw saved with his foot.
The French striker stabbed inches far-reaching of a left post on 62 mins underneath vigour from Jonny Evans after latching onto a excellent through-ball from Sanchez. The Chilean dismissed into a side-netting moments after from inside a area on a left after slicing behind inside.
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Iwobi unsuccessful to gain on a lax pass from Jake Livermore in a 73rd notation as he strike a tame shot true during Foster, before Rodriguez was authorised to run during idea 4 mins after and unleashed a shot that was parried divided by Cech.
There would be late drama, however, when Arsenal finally pennyless a deadlock 7 mins from time with Sanchez’s free-kick inside a D holding a deflection off McClean and drifting past Foster.
But Wenger was denied feat on his special day as Chambers was adjudged to have rubbed Kieran Gibbs’ crack inside a area. Rodriguez sent his spot-kick down a center to kick Cech on 88 mins to waylay an equaliser.