31 Dec Jay Rodriguez ensures Arsenal pay the penalty on Arsene Wenger’s big day
Jay Rodriguez’s last-minute penalty earned struggling West Brom a deserved point against uninspiring Arsenal.
The striker netted after Calum Chambers handled in the area to clinch a 1-1 draw just as it looked like Alexis Sanchez had given the Gunners victory.
The forward’s deflected free-kick put Arsenal ahead with seven minutes left in boss Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking 811th Premier League game in charge.
Tweet of the match
“Not sure what’s more tedious – Arsenal’s dreary performance or West Brom fans’ brain-numbing chanting. #wbavafc” Arsenal fan Piers Morgan.
Star man – Ahmed Hegazi
The Egypt international has impressed during his short time in the Premier League and he was solid again at the back for West Brom.
Moment of the match
The game looked to be heading towards a goalless stalemate until Sanchez’s shot from a free-kick just on the edge of the area deflected into the net off of James McClean. Replays showed that without the nick off the West Brom player the ball would probably have flew wide. The rest of his team-mates celebrated with him this time, unlike at Crystal Palace.
Arsenal have a 100 per cent record against West Brom, having scored in all 24 of their Premier League games against the Baggies.
West Brom: Ben Foster 6 (out of 10), Craig Dawson 7, Ahmed Hegazi 7, Jonny Evans 5, Kieran Gibbs 6, Gareth Barry 5, Matt Phillips 5, Jake Livermore 6, Chris Brunt 5, Jay Rodriguez 7, Hal Robson-Kanu 6. Substitutes: James McClean (for Phillips, 72) 4, Grzegorz Krychowiak (for Brunt, 72) 4, Allan Nyom (for Robson-Kanu, 75) 5Arsenal: Petr Cech 5, Calum Chambers 5, Shkodran Mustafi 4, Laurent Koscielny 6, Hector Bellerin 5, Jack Wilshere 6, Granit Xhaka 6, Sead Kolasinac 5, Alex Iwobi 7, Alexis Sanchez 6, Alexandre Lacazette 6. Substitutes: Ainsley Maitland-Niles (for Kolasinac, 38), Per Mertesacker (for Koscielny, 72) 5, Danny Welbeck (for Iwobi, 74) 5
Who’s up next?
West Ham v West Brom (Premier League, Jan 2)
Arsenal v Chelsea (Premier League, Jan 3)