Arsenal scored late on, to beat West Brom 1-0 on Boxing Day, Arsenal struggled to break through Albion’s resolute defence and created relatively few chances in a game where we had most of the possession.
It was a frustrating game to watch from the Clock End, especially in the first half where we created close to nothing. Going forwards we were too static and didn’t give Giroud the service required. Iwobi was our best player of the first half, his raw directness caused a typical Tony Pulis back four some concerns. Iwobi’s performances have dropped since his initial burst onto the scene, perhaps the novelty of a local lad is wearing off, however more likely it seems his playing style is becoming more conservative and lacking his rawness.
We caused West Brom more issues in the second half, but despite hitting the post and forcing Foster into a couple of saves, we still created little. Normally I’d be disappointed however West Brom are having a superb season, and Chelsea struggled in equal measure to break through their backline. Giroud took his late chance well, in a game that we did nothing else of note. Despite this it was the correct team selection, as it caused West Brom’s physical back line more problems.
Next up is Palace, and we can expect a similar game – 11 men behind the ball and a lot of possession for us.