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Live Reporting

Neil Johnston and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    Ok, that's your lot from us for today. Thanks for stopping by and don't forget you can catch up on all the day's Premier League action by watching Match of the Day 2 on BBC One and online from 22:30 BST.

    See you later!

  2. It's too early to talk about next season - Allardyce

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    West Bromwich Albion

    Speaking to BT Sport, manager Sam Allardyce was also asked whether he'll stay in charge at West Brom and look to bring them straight back up.

    "It's too early to talk about that," he said. "For me, it's about getting over the disappointment and when the time is right I'll talk about what's going to happen next season.

    "At this moment in time, it's not a question I'm prepared to answer."

  3. 'I wanted it for the players'

    West Bromwich Albion

    West Brom manager Sam Allardyce talking to MOTD: "It has been looking difficult for a while and we haven't taken our chance to give ourselves a better opportunity of staying up.

    "I think these players should be fighting to stay out of it. They have performed well enough but our capabilities of scoring have deserted us.

    "It is a disappointing night but we have to take it on the chin. It is not as painful for me as it is for the club or players. It is painful, I wanted it for the club and players more than me, but it hasn't happened. Everyone has to accept it and recover quickly."

  4. 'Still hurting'

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom


    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, speaking to BBC Sport about importance of bouncing back: "The best way to do it is with the right attitude.

    "The three goals were very different but really good individual and collective actions."

    On Emile Smith Rowe scoring his first Premier League goal: "He is developing the right way but his first Premier League goal. His level is to do that and score 15 goals. He is making the right steps."

    On Arsenal and the future: "We have done so many right steps, some you can see and some you can't. The foundations are there."

    On feeling after Europa League exit: "I do take it, it is still there, still hurting. You can probably see in my body language it is still there. There were very small margins. I still feel very responsible."

  5. We had chances but it was so near yet so far - Allardyce

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    West Bromwich Albion

    Manager Sam Allardyce speaking to BT Sport: "We took the game to Arsenal, because we had to, and we had opportunities to take the lead but failed to find the right ball or produce the right finish.

    "Then in five minutes of sloppiness, Arsenal showed the quality of finishing we couldn't find. In the second half, instead of going under, we came out fighting.

    "We had to wait for an absolutely brilliant goal by Matheus Pereira yet we had much better opportunities than that one. We had chances to convert and didn't do it, and that's probably been the most disappointing thing over the last 14-15 games - it was so near yet so far.

    "Then right at the end we saw the difference in quality between the two sides with the free-kick which put them 3-1 up.

    "I thought that was a bit flattering for them on the basis of the whole 90 minutes but it's something we've been suffering from for a while. While performances were good and I couldn't ask for too much more from the players tonight, it wasn't quite good enough."

  6. 'We needed that'

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom


    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta, speaking to BT Sport: "We needed that win. It has been a while since we won at home. We scored three fantastic goals and we had some great spells in the game. When we conceded the goal we did look nervy.

    "We knew the necessity to win the game. They scored out of nothing and then throw everything at you, they know the situation they are in and we struggled to play that kind of game.

    "We scored three fantastic goals but we missed some big chances too.

    "Europe is a completely different game, different context. There were things we could have done much better.

    "Going forwards we know Saka is a threat, he gives you something unique. He adapted. We believed we were going to attack against them and he gave us a lot of joy.

    "We will try to win every match and see where we finish. The only thing we can do is win our games."

  7. We had the time to pull it round - Allardyce

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    West Bromwich Albion

    Manager Sam Allardyce speaking to BT Sport about West Brom being relegated: "It's not sunk in yet, but I'm sure I'll wake up tomorrow and realise the situation. I'm bitterly disappointed we're not still in the fight.

    "I'm not saying we would have avoided relegation but we should have been closer, we should have taken it down to the last three games, based on how we performed. The creating of chances has been there but the converting has not.

    "We had [enough] time to pull it round," Allardyce added. "Our real problem was not beating the bottom-six sides when we came up against them. That would have given us a better chance of survival. The results against Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City should have been bonus points."

  8. 'We now need to build momentum'

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    West Bromwich Albion

    West Brom's Kyle Bartley, speaking to BBC Sport: "Massively disappointed. It is time to focus on these next three games, get as much momentum as possible to make sure we come straight back up next season.

    "I am really proud of the way the boys kept going. It would have been so easy to fold out there and lost four or five nil but everyone kept going.

    "Hopefully we can get the manager situation sorted out as soon as possible.

    "We need to try and take as much momentum into next season as possible."

  9. Post update

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    Matt Upson

    Former England and West Ham defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Relegation is a horrible, deflating feeling and an awful thing to experience - plus there is the knock-on affect on the club, with jobs etc..

    So for Sam Allardyce to experience and share that with his players is not easy and I'm sure it will consume most of his thoughts.

  10. 'A dream'

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom


    Arsenal's Emile Smith Rowe, speaking to BT Sport: "We started a bit slow, our heads have been down for a couple of days. It was important for us to bounce back. I felt we got into the game in the second half and we are really happy with the three points.

    "It has been a dream playing for this club and to finally score my first goal - can't be better.

    "It has been a difficult week but happy to get the three points.

    "It has been really difficult for us as a team, it is not nice to lose in the semi-final of a tournament, it is important we keep our heads up."

    How much do you enjoy playing with Saka? "So much, I was saying to him before that he had to assist me, I've assisted him a few times this season. It was good to get the goal together.

    "We are all going to fight for each other until the end."

  11. Post update

    FT: Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    Matt Upson

    Former England and West Ham defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    Mikel Arteta really needed that, and Arsenal needed those flashes of brilliance with those goals.

    They have answered a couple of questions tonight and the goals from Willian and Pepe were fabulous, plus two really strong performances from Saka and Smith Rowe.

  12. BreakingFULL-TIME

    Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    All over and it's victory for Arsenal as they bounce back from their Europa League disappointment.

    West Brom, meanwhile, are relegated to the Championship.

  13. Post update

    Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    Matt Upson

    Former England and West Ham defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    They are still having a go, all credit to West Brom, they are showing a real good attitude towards the end of this game.

    They are still working hard even if the quality to unlock Arsenal hasn't been there this evening.

  14. Post update

    Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    That's Willian's first goal from a direct free kick in the Premier League since July 2020 for Chelsea (v West Ham).

  15. Post update

    Arsenal 3-1 West Brom

    Matt Upson

    Former England and West Ham defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    We can say all we want about Arsenal's performance, which has been indifferent, but what they have had is real quality in key moments.

    What a goal that was by Willian. The distance and position of the free-kick was perfect, but he executed it so well.

    Willian and Pepe's goal, two top class finishes from Arsenal this evening.

  16. GOAL - Arsenal 3-1 West Brom


    A cracker!

    Willian gets his first for Arsenal with a brilliant free kick, bending it over the wall, out of Sam Johnstone's reach and into the back of the net.

    Arsenal heading for three points, West Brom heading for the Championship.

  17. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 West Brom

    Willian is fouled just outside the box and Arsenal have a late free kick in a decent position...

  18. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 West Brom

    Four minutes plus injury time remaining. West Brom have given it a good go but bar an incredible final few minutes their relegation to the Championship is on the verge of being confirmed.

  19. Post update

    Arsenal 2-1 West Brom

    Matt Upson

    Former England and West Ham defender on BBC Radio 5 Live

    There's not a lot of cutting edge from West Brom.

    They have got into some good areas of the pitch and applied some pressure, but bar a piece of magic from Pereira they have not created much, you can see why they have struggled.