Many West Brom fans will have taken a point away at Arsenal but to come away from the Emirates with three deserved points will do wonders for the team’s confidence.
Not many teams will score three goals past Arsenal. You could argue that the first and second goals were down to Arsenal errors but you have to give credit to West Bromwich Albion for the way they battled and the desire they showed throughout the game.
The Baggies were not given a prayer before the game at the Emirates and I honestly predicted that Arsenal would win by two/three goals. That’s football for you.
Confidence will have been high after two consecutive wins against Birmingham and Manchester City in the Carling Cup.
Roberto Di Matteo will have probably told his players that all the pressure was on Arsenal and that his side could go out there with no pressure whatsoever.
Arsenal did have chances in the first half but the Baggies held firm. Even though the Baggies were up against one of the best teams in the Premiership, Albion always looked a threat when going forward.
Chris Brunt had a golden opportunity to put Di Matteo’s side in front from the spot. Unfortunately the former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder saw his spot kick saved by Manuel Almunia and the score remained 0-0.
Albion might have rued that chance come the end of the game and their heads could have dropped.
But the Baggies started the second half strong and they went in front after superb work by Jerome Thomas. The ex-Charlton winger got past Bacary Sagna and put the ball on a plate for Peter Odemwingie to slot home.
Moments later West Brom made it 2-0 thanks to an Almunia howler. Gonzalo Jara was played in after a clever back heel from Brunt and the Chilean’s effort from outside the 18-yard area was spilled by Almunia and went into the back of the net. 2-0 and West Brom were in dreamland. Things however were about to get even better.
More great work from Thomas played in Brunt who managed to pull the ball back from a tight angle and on hand was Thomas to slam the ball home and put the Baggies 3-0 up. This truly was a fairytale and West Brom were on the way to record a famous victory over Arsene Wenger’s side.
Two Samir Nasri goals were not enough to prevent the Baggies from recording their first away win of the season and their first away victory at the Gunners in 27 years.
Every Albion player on the pitch that day was fantastic and Jonas Olsson and Pablo Ibanez were rocks at the back. Youssouf Mulumbu covered every blade of grass and did a great job in front of the back four along with Paul Scharner.
Jerome Thomas and Peter Odemwingie’s pace caused numerous problems for the Arsenal backline and despite missing a first half penalty; Chris Brunt was superb in the second half and played a part in two of the goals Albion scored.
10 points from 6 games, a really good start for Roberto Di Matteo’s side. The fans and everyone associated with West Bromwich Albion will be hoping that the Baggies can build on their famous win at the Emirates this weekend at home to Bolton.
The Trotters have improved considerably under Owen Coyle and they will be a tough nut to crack. With the aerial threat of Kevin Davies, Olsson and Co will have to be on their toes. Two decent draws against Villa and Manchester United underline that Bolton will not be an easy game.
Paul Robinson will be returning to The Hawthorns this Saturday so it will be interesting to see what kind of reception he gets.
It is vital that Albion keep their feet on the ground and do not get carried away by Saturday’s impressive result. I’m sure this is something that Di Matteo and his staff will address to the players.