Arsenal vs West Brom match review by Ash
Arsenal travelled to West Bromwich to face the Baggies in what was expected to be a highly contested League Cup tie. The game certainly did disappoint however as it was overall quite a flat game, however in the end thankfully the Gunners managed to come away with a win after both extra time and penalties.
It wasn’t a good game, nor was it easy to watch, however the final result is all the matters and after having to go through both 90 minutes and the extra 30 minutes of football, it all came down to a classic, nerve biting penalty shootout.
Arsenal had taken the lead with a coolly finished right footed Thomas Eisfeld goal, as the German showed why Arsene Wenger should include him more in his plans. Eisfeld himself then when quiet and it wasn’t long before West Brom hit back, with a goal from the Baggies coming just 10 minutes later in the 71st minute of the game.
It was then back and forth from that point on, with real end to end stuff but unfortunately no goals to settle it. Wenger then made a few more substitutions bringing both Olsson and then Bellerin on. Both players massively impressed me and along with the other substitute Chuba Akpom, I’m confident all three young players will make it with Arsenal.
Nothing much happened in the extra time period, with Bendtner failing to really make anything happen for himself. The Dane had provided the assist for Eisfeld’s goal, but with little service from the wings and Bendtner himself having a little run in with the post of the West Brom goal, there wasn’t much else the striker did on his debut.
It then came down to penalties, which are easily one of the most nerve racking things as a football fan, however thankfully after going 2-1 down and 3-2 down, Arsenal managed to pull it back to 3-3 with Akpom and then went on to win it 4-3 with a nicely slotted finish from Spanish left back Nacho Monreal. All in all it wasn’t the best game to watch however it’s the final result that matters and at the end of the day, we now must focus on Swansea in the League and then in the longer run, Chelsea in the Capital One Cup 4th round. COYG!