Arsenal were left to rue some more rotten luck as the Gunners didn’t just miss their chance to go clear at the top of the Premier League standings, but also slipped all the way down to fourth place after suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion despite dominating the bulk of the contest.
Arsenal took a deserved lead when Olivier Giroud continued his fine run of recent form, scoring from a Mesut Ozil freekick, but West Brom struck back after just 7 minutes with James Morrison drawing the hosts level from an equally good delivery from the left-foot of Chris Brunt.
West Brom then took a shock lead in the 40th minute with Arsenal skipper Mikel Arteta, a first half substitute for the injured Francis Coquelin, turned the ball into his own net from James McClean’s cross.
Arsenal threw everything they had at West Brom in the second half, and should have drawn level through substitute Joel Campbell, who missed a sitter, after having been surprisingly excluded from the starting line-up.
Arsenal got a bit of a let off shortly after when Baggies defender Jonas Olsson hit the crossbar four minutes later, and should have made the most of that opportunity when Alexis Sanchez was fouled in the box by Brunt and were rightly awarded a penalty.
Santi Cazorla though slipped while taking the spot kick and skied his effort, giving West Brom a massive let-off. Luck continued to be against the Gunners when Ozil hit the woodwork late on as Arsenal despite having 72% of the ball and creating more chances went down to a West Brom side who rode their luck at times and picked up a morale boosting win.
West Brom’s victory takes the Baggies up to 12th place in the league standings on 17 points, while Arsenal stay on 26 points and slid down to fourth thanks to wins for Leicester City and Manchester United.
To compound matters for Arsenal, their injury woes show no sign of letting up with Coquelin and Arteta joining the many walking wounded doing the rounds of the Arsenal physio room.
Final Score: West Bromwich Albion 2-1 Arsenal (Giroud 28′, Morrison 35′, Arteta og 40′)