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Arsenal travelled to the Hawthorns on Saturday lunchtime, looking to make some ground in the race for the top four, but West Bromwich Albion had a different idea.

After taking the lead through Craig Dawson, Alexis Sanchez quickly hit back and teams went into the break level.

The Baggies responded best, first scoring through Hal Robson-Kanu, then Dawson added another towering header to heap more misery onto the Gunners and Arsène Wenger.

Here are Football Whispers player ratings for West Brom v Arsenal:

West Bromwich Albion

Craig Dawson scores against Arsenal for West Brom

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Ben Foster – A calming, authoritative presence through the match. Made an excellent save from Ramsey in the first half and claimed crosses well. 8

Craig Dawson – The match winner. Defended well against Sanchez and Nacho Monreal, but also made a difference in the opposition box by scoring two powerful headers.  9

Gareth McAuley – 37 years of age, but protected well by Pulis’ strong defensive structure and he looks all the better for it. A true leader – didn’t stop barking orders all game. 8

Jonny Evans – Another commanding performance from the Northern Irishman. Many Arsenal fans laughed when they were linked with him, but compared to Mustafi today, the difference was clear. 9

Allan Nyom – Made an excellent first half run into the box which set the tone for his performance. Strong in the air and marshalled Walcott out of the game. 7

Jake Livermore – Screened the back four well throughout and dropped back in to make a five when Arsenal were attacking. Looks to have settled in well at his new club. 7

Darren Fletcher – Another leader in the centre of the park, who showed defensive commitment and energy throughout. Pulis’ most reliable performer. 8

Nacer Chadli – Reluctant to do any defensive work, but his technical quality allowed him to retain the ball and wait for team-mates to push further up the field. 7

Chris Brunt – His lack of pace was exposed at times, but once he gets the ball onto his stronger left foot, few in the Premier League deliver as well as he does. Always a danger. 8

James McClean – Was a constant threat on the left-hand side and worked tirelessly for every ball. Lucky not to be sent off for a horrible challenge on Sanchez in the first half. 8

Salomon Rondon – Currently on a run of 14 games without a goal and his lack of confidence showed today when presented with opportunities. Ran the channels well though. 6

Subs: Hal Robson-Kanu – Came on for the struggling Rondon and scored within a minute. That’s what you want from a substitute and he made a case for himself to start the next match. 8

(Yacob 72’ Field 90’)


Arsenal lost 3-1 to WBA

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Petr Cech – Made a fantastic save from Fletcher, before pulling his calf moments later which could see him miss a couple of weeks. 6

Hector Bellerin – Struggled against McClean and made little impact going forward. Seems to be going through a dip in form at the moment, much like his team-mates. 6

Shkodran Mustafi – His bright start at the club has quickly turned sour. Clearly a talented player, but his eagerness to be first to every ball needs to change. Caught out for Robson-Kanu’s goal. 5

Laurent Koscielny – Dependable as usual but left exposed on the counter attack. His partnership with Mustafi still needs work. 6

Nacho Monreal – Timed his overlaps well on the left-hand side but struggled to make a significant impact. Left huge amounts of space on the wing at times. 6

Granit Xhaka – Question marks remain over his pace but you cannot fault his technique. Distributed well from deep and set up Sanchez with a beautiful pass for the equaliser. 7

Aaron Ramsey – Looks comfortable in a midfield three and was always a threat in the box when bursting from deep. Denied expertly by Foster in the first half but allowed Dawson to score twice in his own box. 6

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – Offers Arsenal a physical presence in the centre and drove forward well, but over hit a few passes when in promising situations. 6

Theo Walcott – Always a danger when making runs from out to in, but was stifled today by a deep back four. Doesn’t involve himself enough in possession when that option is closed. 5

Danny Welbeck – Works hard and allows the frontline to combine with fluidity, but looked rusty at times and his first touch was very loose. Hit the bar when he should’ve scored. 6

Alexis Sanchez – Much like Eden Hazard in the FA Cup, Sanchez was continuously targeted by West Brom players throughout the match to unsettle him. Showed quick feet and great composure to score in a tight penalty box though and often looks like making something happen. 7

Subs: (Giroud 65’, Iwobi 76’)

How Giroud and Sanchez can create a beautiful partnership

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