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Summary

  1. Sanchez drives in from edge of area
  2. Adds second with 20-yard free-kick
  3. Arsenal move up to third with win
  4. Arsenal have now won 500 PL games

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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  1. Over and out

    It sure is TP, it sure is.

    We actually have a night without any Premier League football on Friday! Shocker I know. SO a day off for us but we are back on Saturday. See you there. 

  2. 'Title race is refreshing'

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    West Bromwich Albion

    Tony Pulis

    More from West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "We never played as well as we can. We had too many players off it which you can't do at Arsenal. It is the first time as a manager I have managed on a Thursday night.

    "You can look at things, say this should have happened and that should have happened but the important thing is we dust ourselves down and get on with the next game.

    "It will be a tough game at Spurs on Monday. As a supporter of football I'd love to see Leicester do it but it isn't going to be them it is going to be Tottenham. It is someone different and that is refereshing for English football."

  3. Post update

    No good for fans, no good for managers. Does anyone like Thursday night football?

  4. Thursday night problems

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    West Bromwich Albion

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis: "We were off it tonight. The players have given me everything this year.

    "We have played well at all of the big teams this year but not tonight. Sometimes you have to take defeat on the chin.

    "This is the first time we have played on a Thursday night so we will look at the preparation. It's the first time as a manager I've had to play on a Thursday."

  5. Post update

    Ah yes, the old 'Thursday night' problem...

  6. 'I don't know why fans stayed away'

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Arsenal

    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Our collective quality has been very strong since we played at Barcelona. Unfortunately we dropped points in some games where we shouldn’t have.

    "It was important to win just because we want to do as well as we can and finish as high as we can."

    Asked about potential disquiet from the home fans: "We were prepared mentally to deal with and master the situation, but scoring early helped."

    On their prospects for the rest of the season: "We are in a position where it depends on us to finish in the top three but we want more and we have to fight to do that and if possible do more."

    On empty seats at Emirates Stadium: "I don’t know why the fans stayed away. It’s Thursday night, it’s not easy and I do not want to comment on that. I’m commenting on football."

    Seats
  7. That's a stat

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Arsenal have now won 500 Premier League games, the second team to reach the milestone in the competition (Man United 584).

    Alexis Sanchez has had a hand in nine goals in his last seven Premier League appearances (6 goals, 3 assists).

    The Baggies have won just one of their last 12 Premier League away games (D5 L6).

    Tony Pulis has lost all eight of his Premier League visits to the Emirates Stadium.

  8. Making plans for Nigel

    Text us on 81111

    If you're quick the Farnborough website seems to be back up and running...

    Do it for Nigel.

    SMS Message: I'm a Farnborough lad who follows both Farnborough and Arsenal, never a dull moment watching either team, on and off the pitch!! from Jayy (from Farnborough )
    Jayy (from Farnborough )
    SMS Message: #savenigel from Mike from Croydon
    Mike from Croydon
  9. 'We did the job'

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Arsenal

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: "We did the job in a serious way. We played well technically and the only regret is we should have scored more goals.

    "We did not always make the maximum points in other games for the quality of our play.

    "The early goal helped rather than being anxious about the consequence of the result and it helped the team.

    "It looks like Sanchez is back sharper, more confident. In the first half he was more exceptional.

    "Of course we have regrets. We had two draws when we should have won the game several times and when you do that you pay for it. Sunderland will be a tough battle. We have a good chance to do it but it’s far from done."

  10. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Arsene Wenger bounces into shot, though he is wearing a pretty large frown. He says that 'maybe we should have scored more goals.'

    Full quotes to follow. 

  11. Post update

    At the risk of starting a 'us and them' debate, aren't 'London hours' just 'working hours?'

    SMS Message: All these comments about 'empty' Emirates...try working London hours and then getting to Highbury and Islington in rush hour! On a plus note, good hustle from Arsenal tonight - too little too late of course! from Anonymous
    Anonymous
  12. 'Too little, too late?'

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Aaron Ramsey

    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey: "We played with a lot of belief and intensity and we made a lot of chances. We haven't been at that standard of late and we needed that level of performance for us and our fans.

    "We needed that. We played with a real purpose. We have been frustrated with the way we have been playing but that is what we are capable of. It may be too little too late but we keep going."

  13. Arsenal go third

    Is that a big blow for Manchester United's chances?

    Table
  14. FULL-TIME

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Olivier Giroud shakes hands with West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster

    Not one that will linger long in the memory but a needed win for Arsenal.

  15. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Two minutes added on at the Emirates. This game was as good as over after six minutes...

  16. Sorry Farnborough...

    Text us on 81111

    SMS Message: Tom you've only gone and crashed poor Farnborough's website with that link. Doesn't say much about the action at the Emirates does it? from Danny from London
    Danny from London
    Boro crashed
  17. GREAT SAVE!

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    That is a passage of really superb football from the Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey offloads the ball out of a tackle and gets the ball back, he then finds Olivier Giroud but his shot is saved by the face of Ben Foster! The cross comes back in and Giroud is close to reaching it again. 

  18. Get involved

    #bbcfootball

    Dan Dexter: What is there to discuss about Walcott and Ox? Neither of them should be in the Arsenal team let alone the national team.

    Nick: I don't think Walcott belongs anywhere near the England team. At least Ox has youth on his side. Walcott has peaked

    Ollie May: Walcott's and Chamberlain's best chances of getting back into the England squad and restarting their careers is to leave Arsenal

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    Alexis Sanchez is substituted

    Theo Walcott gets six minutes to impress, he replaces the match-winner Alexis Sanchez. 

  20. Post update

    Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

    You've got to love an overreaction to any 'Nigel' situation.

    Aaron Ramsey plays a neat one-two - been a lot of those tonight - but he doesn't shoot quickly enough and he's tackled.