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Arsenal defeat West Brom 1-1 (4-3 pen.) in Capital One Cup

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After a mediocre performance, Arsenal's penalty takers were able to come through in the clutch to go through.

Jamie McDonald

Arsenal were forced to play a sub-optimal team due to injuries and fatigue, but still were just barely good enough to get through 90 minutes plus stoppage against West Bromwich Albion. Though goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski failed to save a penalty, West Brom missed two to Arsenal's one, and thus Arsenal are through to the next round of the Capital One Cup.

Thomas Eisfeld opened the scoring in the 61st minute, finishing well after being played in on goal by Nicklas Bendtner. The lead didn't last long though, as Saido Berahino headed home a Shane Long cross to equalize just twelve minutes later. Though both teams created chances through the remainder of regulation play as well as extra time - particularly West Brom, who had a shot hit the post late - the scores were still level after 120 minutes.

The penalty shootout started out looking bad for Arsenal. Bendtner scored to open but young Serge Gnabry's shot was saved for Arsenal's second attempt. Meanwhile, West Brom's first three takers scored. But just after Kristoffer Olsson scored for Arsenal, Craig Dawson and Morgan Amalfitano missed the goal entirely, letting Arsenal back in it. Chuba Akpom scored, and Nacho Monreal stepped up with a chance to win. He put it in the top of the net, and Arsenal celebrated.