We have seen some fantastic performances from Arsenal so far this season; taking apart Fenerbahce in the cauldron of their stadium in Istanbul, Giroud’s cherry on top of the north London derby and probably the best last week against Napoli. Those games highlighted the skill and creativity in the Gunners side, but that was not what was needed yesterday.
The West Brom manager Steve Clarke is no fool, and he would have realised it would be a bad idea to sit back and let Arsenal pick their way through his defence. His Baggies side are a good side as well, and were on a high after an away win at Manchester United. So his idea was to go toe-to-toe while also trying out the old adage that `Arsenal don’t like it up ’em`.