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Premier League 2017/18: West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Arsenal, 5 Talking Points

  • From a controversial penalty to underperforming stars, here's what we learnt from The Hawthorns.
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Modified 01 Jan 2018, 00:39 IST
Arsenal need to
Arsenal need to learn to play against sides that sit tight

Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion end the year sharing the spoils as the home side looked destined for a loss - thanks to a James McClean own goal - only for a converted controversial penalty earning them a point.

Arsene Wenger became the Premier League's all-time record holder overtaking Sir Alex Ferguson in the total number of matches he's overlooked but was visibly furious at the final whistle after another Mike Dean debacle.

Here's what we learnt from the game:

#5 Arsenal still don't have a 'Plan B'

Everytime Arsenal play a side that sits behind the ball and only use their strikers for counters, they struggle to break through the defence and create chances.

West Brom parked all their defenders and midfielders behind the ball and expected Arsenal to come to them. Their persistence - and some fortune - paid off for them taking a point into the new year.

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Published 01 Jan 2018, 00:39 IST
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