There hasn't been much happiness around the Emirates lately, but Arsenal welcomed West Bromwich Albion and Tony Pulis to North London tonight before sending them back home with nothing, winning 2 - 0 from a pair of Alexis Sanchez goals.
Arsenal dominated most of the match; West Brom are one of the worst possession teams in the league, and, as with most Pulis sides, their primary threat was always coming from set pieces. The Gunners started in control, and it only took six minutes for them to peel off a 13-pass move that ended with Alexis spinning his man, somehow staying on his feet, and lashing home a shot that beat Ben Foster low from 22 yards. The aerial threat that WBA offered came and went, Per Mertesacker--newly restored to the side--heading away most of the danger.
The first half continued with Arsenal having almost all of the ball, but, as we've seen, there is always a bit of danger, and indeed, Gareth McAuley hit the crossbar with a free header from a corner kick, Petr Cech well-beaten. Arsenal picked up where they left off, though, and as they lined up a free kick from the D towards the end of the half, Alexis added his second. Mertesacker disrupted the WBA wall enough before ducking out of the way of the shot, Alexis expertly firing into the gap the German made, leaving Foster with no chance.
The second half saw many chances for the home side as Arsenal continued to dominate. None of Pulis' subs were effective, Alex Iwobi, Aaron Ramsey, and Mesut Özil perhaps all could've done more, but overall, it was a good win for a team in need of some momentum as the season winds up.