Arsenal vs West Brom: Man of the Match

Arsenal vs West Brom: Man of the Match

Last night Arsenal managed to keep their good September form going as we saw off West Brom in a 2-0 win at The Emirates to move up to 7th in the league.
Even though we only drew last time out against Chelsea, that was probably the better overall team performance, however, thankfully there were a few standouts yesterday who helped us to three points.
As usual, before I announce my Man of the Match I’ll go through a couple of players who came close to claiming the award.
First up is Aaron Ramsey. Initially positioned further up the pitch than normal as one of the three forwards, Ramsey actually spent most of his time roaming into different areas of the pitch. With that seeming to catch West Brom off guard that helped Ramsey move us up the pitch even quicker by drifting in between the lines as well as bursting forward like he usually does and getting us a penalty for Lacazette’s second goal.
Next is Nacho Monreal, who, of the defensively minded players was the best on the pitch in a red shirt. Playing on the left side of the back three he was able to anticipate passes into the opposition strikers well to stop attacks as well as winning decisive tackles and headers and then, of course, making that goal-line clearance to keep us 1-0 up at the time.
The real game changer though was someone who was brought in this summer to do just that. Alexandre Lacazette showed two different striking qualities to get his goals as he reacted well to be in the right place to meet the rebound of Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick before calmly putting away his first penalty in Arsenal colours, something he became somewhat renowned for at Lyon as Cristiano Ronaldo remains the only player to convert more penalties than the Frenchman since the 2014/15 season.
Other than his goals Lacazette continued to show his comfort playing in our side as he was able to link play well and was able to get in behind the West Brom defence a few times, unfortunately not being able to add another goal to his tally.
Lacazette now sits on four goals from his first six Premier League games which keeps him in and around the conversation with the league’s top scorers so hopefully he can continue to be efficient in front of goal.

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