Arsenal power past West Brom with 4-0 win at The Hawthorns

The Gunners look set to move up into the top ten in the coming week as a late brace from Alexandre Lacazette put the gloss on a dominant performance in the West Midlands.

Arteta’s team were on the front foot right from the start in this one with Sam Johnstone called into early action to deny Hector Bellerin and Bukayo Saka.

And with all the traffic heading in one direction it was only a matter of time before Arsenal edged ahead as Kieran Tierney netted a superb opener.

The Scotsman raided forward from full back, turned Darnell Furlong one way and then the other and curl home a beauty past Johnstone.

And with The Baggies unable to offer resistance, Saka tucked home a brilliant second.
Lacazette’s delayed pass released Emile Smith-Rowe and his cutback was buried by Saka.

Arsenal kept on coming and coming before the break with more Johnstone keeping the score down as he denied Lacazette and Rob Holding.

And the Arsenal avalanche showed no signs of slowly after the break before Lacazette finally made it three.

Saka was right at the heart of it once again Semi Ajayi deflected his cross onto the post before Lacazette pounced to tuck home.

Arsenal smelt blood in the final stages as Lacazette volleyed home Tierney’ cross for Goal No.4 as Sam Allardyce’s miserable start continues with The Baggies.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Arsenal 4

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The manager questioned his players’ commitment following the 5-0 home defeat to Leeds on Tuesday and Filip Krovinovic, Matheus Pereira and Branislav Ivanovic could return.

Mikel Arteta’s men meanwhile will take momentum into 2021 after halting a seven-match winless streak with a 3-1 Boxing Day victory over London rivals Chelsea followed by a scrappy 1-0 success at struggling Brighton.

The back-to-back wins have moved the north London club to within six points of the top six and helped quash talk of relegation.

The game kicks off at The Hawthorns at 8 o’clock on Saturday evening.

Leeds United hammer West Brom 5-0 at The Hawthorns

On a night were Marcelo Bielsa’s side probably expected to be frustrated by Sam Allardyce’s hosts, they produced the best performance of 2020.

Four first half goals set the tone for a dominant display from Leeds as Bielsa’s squad returned to form at a critical moment to leave Allardyce facing a bleak January.

Despite Leeds looking slick right from kick off in the West Midlands, they were given a helping in the first few minutes, as Romain Sawyers netted a ridiculous own goal.

The Baggies defender completely misjudged Sam Johnstone’s position in behind as he chipped past his own keeper.

However, if there was a touch of comedy about Leeds’ opener there was no joking about with the second as Ezgjan Alioski smashed past Johnstone.

And there was no slowly down from there as the rampant visitors smelt blood, with Jack Harrison finishing off a flowing move and Rodrigo fired home a fourth.

Leeds did almost shoot themselves in the foot after the restart as Illan Meslier reacted quickly from an error to deny Matheus Pereira.

But in truth, Leeds had the Baggies are arms length again after the break, as Raphinha saved the best goal for last.

The Brazilian has caught the eye with some spectacular goals during his first few months in England and he bent home a superb effort to make it five.

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Sam Allardyce’s Premier League return ends in defeat as West Brom lose to Aston Villa

The Baggies played the majority of the game with ten men following Jake Livermore’s red card but Allardyce’s new team were never really in it against the Villa.

Dean Smith’s side were quick out of the traps against the cross city rivals with Anwar El Ghazi putting them in front after just five minutes.

Summer signing Bertrand Traore’s cross drifted over a line of West Brom defenders inside the box and the Dutchman arrived on cue to finish at the back post.

That goal put the Baggies on the back foot before the break and their task was made even harder after Livermore was dismissed for a lunge at Jack Grealish.

With a goal and a man advantage after the restart Villa looked to move through the gears as Scottish international John McGinn headed wide just wide of the post.

But Smith’s side did finally wrap the points up with five minutes to go, as Traore cooly slotted home and El Ghazi netted his second of the night from the spot after Semi Ajayi bundled over Grealish inside the box.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Aston Villa 3

Crystal Palace thrash 10-man West Brom 5-1 at The Hawthorns

Both sides looked impressive in the opening stages but the controversial dismissal of Matheus Pereira turned the game in Palace’s favour after the break.

Palace were quick to turn on the style in the West Midlands as talisman Wilf Zaha carved out the opener inside the first five minutes.

His pace took him away from three Baggies defenders and his fizzed cross into the box was diverted home by West Brom defender Darnell Furlong.

Furlong looked to be on a one-man mission to make up from his error after that as he smacked a header off the bar and played a key role in the Baggies equaliser.

Semi Ajayi’s pass sent him clear behind the Palace defence and Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher arrived on cue to tuck away his cross.

That breathed some life back into Slaven Bilic’s team but the Croatian was left incensed as Pereira was sent off on 34 minutes.

The Brazilian tangled with Patrick van Aanholt but VAR ruled a kick out by him and Paul Tierney opted to flash a straight red.

That completely changed the complexion of the match after the restart as Zaha curled home a beauty on 55 minutes.

Palace simply powered on from there as Christian Benteke nodded home from van Aanholt’s cross and Zaha tucked home from Eberechi Eze’s pass.

And with Bilic’s hosts on the ropes in the final minutes, Benteke grabbed his second of the day, as he powered home Nathaniel Clyne’s cross.

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West Brom secure their first Premier League win in 2020/21 against Sheffield United

Both sides were winless heading into this tie, with a total of 18 games and no wins on the board.

But a first half strike from Chelsea loanee Conor Townsend proved the difference in the West Midlands as Slaven Bilic’s team edge out of the relegation zone.

The Blades were the brighter in the opening stages as Oli McBurnie and John Fleck both wasted early chances.

But with the visitors unable to find a cutting edge despite creating chances, West Brom took full advantage on 13 minutes.

Mateus Pereira’s corner was only cleared to the edge of the box and Gallagher was onto the loose ball in a flash and drilled past Aaron Ramsdale.

But Chris Wilder’s side were quick to react to that as Sam Johnstone produced a fantastic stop from Oli Burke.

It was the hosts that enjoyed the better chances just after the break as Ramsdale was called into action to deny Kyle Bartley and Callum Robinson.

That left the door open for the Blades late on but their familiar lack of cutting edge came back to haunt them again as West Brom hung in for that vital first win.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 1 Sheffield United 0

Harry Kane seals 1-0 Tottenham Premier League win at West Brom

Spurs were far from their best in West Midlands but Kane’s late intervention makes it four straight Premier League away wins for Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese boss opted to hand Gareth Bale his first league start of the season against the Baggies but the Welsh international struggled to make an impact against the hosts.

Spurs did carve out a string of half chances in the opening 45, but the best chances fell to West Brom, as Callum Robinson tested Hugo Lloris.

West Brom worked hard to shut Tottenham out after the break with Sergio Reguilon’s long range drive well saved by Sam Johnstone.

With Tottenham unable find a breakthrough, they left the door open for the hosts on the counter attack, and Lloris produced another vital stop to deny Karlan Grant.

But with Mourinho driving them on from the touchline, Spurs began to turn the screw in the final 10 minutes.

Johnstone was at his best to deny Toby Alderweireld and Carlos Vinicius but he could do nothing as Kane’s finally broke their resistance.

Irish international Matt Doherty hung a cross into the box and with Johnstone was caught in no man’s land, as Kane stole in to nod home his 150th Premier League goal.

Full Time at The Hawthorns it’s West Brom 0 Tottenham 1

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Slaven Bilic’s side are edging it in terms of current form with one point from four games against the Clarets four match losing streak.

The Baggies will be boosted by some important returns for this one, with Kieran Gibbs back from suspension and Ahmed Hegazy and Conor Gallagher back fit.

However, with Hal Robson-Kanu sidelined with a broken arm and Callum Robinson isolating after international duty, meaning Bilic will be without a regular No.9 option.

Sean Dyche has his own injury worries ahead of this one with four first team stars laid low with injury.

But the struggling visitors should be boosted by the returns of Jay Rodriguez and Johan Gudmundsson after Dyche confirmed they have both returned to training this week.

And kick off is Monday night 5.30pm at The Hawthorns.

Chelsea fight back to secure 3-3 Premier League draw at West Brom

The big news ahead of kick off was Frank Lampard’s decision to drop the under fire Kepa for the trip to The Hawthorns, but his replacement Willy Caballero fared no better, as the Argentinian keeper conceded three goals inside the 30 minutes.

The hosts were excellent in the opening stages, as Lampard’s big money stars were simply unable to cope with them.

Callum Robinson got the ball rolling for the Baggies after just four minutes, as he lashed home Matheus Pereira’s pass.

Chelsea did look to offer up a speedy response to Robinson’s opener, with Tammy Abraham denied by Sam Johnstone and Timo Werner firing off the crossbar.

Those misses were immediately punished by the hosts, as Robinson raced onto Thiago Silva’s error to make it 2-0 before former Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley tapped in a third.

Lampard must have tore the paint off the walls in the dressing rom during the break, as his side came out as a different beast in the second half.

With the Baggies digging in for the win, Chelsea dominated after the restart, with Mason Mount kick starting their comeback with a rocket of a finish.

It was one way traffic in the closing stages, as Kai Havertz slipped Callum Hudson-Odoi in for a second goal to set up a tense finale.

But just as West Brom seemed to be hanging on for the points, England international Abraham popped up inside the box to fire home the equaliser.

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