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Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion: Giroud breaks through

  • Giroud breaks through
  • Gunners tied for second
  • Baggies drop to ninth

A classic Tony Pulis defensive performance was finally undone by dominant Arsenal, as Olivier Giroud scored an 86th minute goal to head a Mesut Ozil cross behind Ben Foster and lift the Gunners to a 1-0 win over visiting West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

Arsenal moves into a tie with Liverpool ahead of the Reds’ match with Stoke City on Tuesday, winning its first in three. West Brom drops to ninth with the loss.

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The Gunners were buzzing early, with a mass of Baggies in the 18 to fluster their passing and possession.

Yet despite that dominance, with continued into the second half, prime chances were at a premium. Alexis Sanchez hammered a laser over the bar in the 57th minute, and Ben Foster claimed another Gunners chance moments later.

Snakebit is a good way to describe that second half, considering that neither normally surefire poacher Olivier Giroud nor star Mesut Ozil could get on the end of an across six offering.

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