Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion: 5 Talking Points
Arsenal 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Goals: Alexandre Lacazette 20' 67'
A brace from summer signing, Alexander Lacazette meant Arsenal secured all three points in an entertaining clash at the Emirates. The Gunners needed a win to reduce the deficit with the table toppers and Wenger's men did just that. Three points mean Arsenal have jumped to seventh in the league table.
Lacazette scored his first from just two yards out, heading the ball in from a subsequent Alexis Sanchez freekick. The second goal was from the spot kick, the Frenchman slotting it home in the bottom right corner. Along with Lacazette, it was also a memorable night for Gareth Barry. We'll discuss this further in the five talking points from Arsenal's 2-0 win over the Baggies:
#5 A night of individual records
Though he ended up on the losing side, Gareth Barry will remember this game for a long time. A start against Arsenal meant Barry made history by becoming Premier League's all-time leading appearance maker. Last night was Barry's 663rd appearance in the Premier League; beating the previous record set by Ryan Giggs.
Barry made his debut as a 17-year-old in 1998 and has been a regular member of the various sides that he has represented in the first division. However, Barry has a long way to go if he aims to become the most capped player in England's top flight history; Peter Shilton holds that feat with a massive 849 appearances.
For Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez made his 100th Premier League start in an Arsenal shirt. Not many Arsenal fans had dreamt of Sanchez achieving this milestone after all the drama surrounding him in the summer. And with his brace, Alexander Lacazette became the first Arsenal player to score in three consecutive home games since Brian Marwood achieved that feat in 1988.