5 Things We Learned From West Brom 0-1 Arsenal

Santi Cazorla The Leading Man In Arsenal’s Fab Four

If the selections of all four of Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla was a sign of what is to come from Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger, then the Gunners are going to be terrific to watch over the coming weeks.

Without the midfield influences of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere, and with the focal point of Giroud added to the side, there suddenly looked to be more of a forward menace about them, something personified by Cazorla’s second excellent performance of the week.

He, more than anyone, will benefit from having more options in front of him.


Danny Welbeck Shows His Flexibility

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The return of Giroud and the omnipresence of Sanchez might have set alarm bells ringing in Welbeck’s head, as one of the forward’s main gripes at Manchester United was the lack of opportunities in his favoured central role.

Not to worry though, as he showed here Welbeck has developed an excellent understanding of the forward role he was asked to play. He intelligently drifted into shooting positions, none more so than his movement for the goal.

He continues to look a very clever signing.


A Quiet Alexis Sanchez Is Actually Good News For Arsene Wenger

With Cazorla and Welbeck to the fore, it was easy to overlook the contribution of Sanchez for the first time in the past few weeks for the Gunners, but that really isn’t a bad thing.

As we’ve seen with Manchester City and Sergio Aguero and last season’s Liverpool and Luis Suarez, accusations that you are a ‘one man team’ can be very easy to throw around, but it could just be that Wenger has stumbled upon a setup that will get the best out of others.

Sanchez will eventually adapt and thrive in it, too. He’s simply too good not to.


Saido Berahino’s Woes Reflect West Brom’s

Now an England squad member, a Premier League household name and at the forefront of many minds when it comes to goalscorer betting or Fantasy Football teams, West Brom’s Saido Berahino is currently in a very different world to one he is used to.

It’ll take him time to adapt to it, too, and although he was unlucky with an incorrect offside call against him and with a header which hit the crossbar, there wasn’t the same zip and dynamism to his game that we saw when he was in much better form at the beginning of the season.


Alan Irvine Is Under Increasing Pressure

Losing at home to Arsenal can never be considered a disastrous result when you are a club with the pre-season ambitions of West Brom, but the less-than-inspiring performance and the fact that it’s still just one home win all season will be heaping pressure on boss Alan Irvine.

When the decision to replace Stephane Sessegnon with Georgios Samaras was greeted with a chorus of boos in the second period it indicated that all is not well at The Hawthorns, and Irvine’s remains a name you should keep an eye on in the Sack Race market.