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Arsenal v West Brom - story of the match

Alexandre Lacazette scored twice as Arsenal ruined Gareth Barry's big night.

The French striker nodded in the rebound after Alexis Sanchez had hit the crossbar and he then rifled home a penalty to secure a 2-0 win over West Brom.

It meant Baggies midfielder Barry finished on the losing side on his record-breaking 633rd Premier League appearance.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Emirates Stadium half empty tonight, for a Premier League game. That's what 13yrs of failure brings you. #afc." - Arsenal fan and staunch Wenger-outer Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) makes his point. Again.

STAR MAN

Alexandre Lacazette. You can't argue with two goals from the Arsenal striker, even if this was a game where nobody else stood out. Lacazette became the first Gunners player to score in his opening three league appearances at home since Brian Marwood in 1988.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Alexis Sanchez whipped in a free-kick which Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster just managed to touch onto the crossbar, but like all good poachers Lacazette was on hand to nod home the rebound.

DATA POINT

It probably had not escaped anyone's attention that this was Gareth Barry's 633rd Premier League appearance. Unfortunately for the veteran midfielder he suffered the 187th top-flight defeat of his career. He did not add to his 52 goals, but on the plus side nor did he receive a 120th booking.

RATINGS

Arsenal

Petr Cech 6/10

Shkodran Mustafi 6

Laurent Koscielny 6

Nacho Monreal 7

Sead Kolasinac 6

Granit Xhaka 5

Mohamed Elneny 6

Hector Bellerin 6

Aaron Ramsey 7

Alexis Sanchez 7

Alexandre Lacazette 7

Subs

Olivier Giroud (for Lacazette, 82) 6

Mesut Ozil (for Sanchez, 83) 6

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (for Ramsey, 90)

West Brom

Ben Foster 6

Craig Dawson 6

Ahmed Hegazy 6

Jonny Evans 6

Allan Nyom 5

Grzegorz Krychowiak 6

Gareth Barry 6

Kieran Gibbs 6

Jake Livermore 6

Jay Rodriguez 6

Hal Robson-Kanu 5

Subs

James Morrison (for Livermore, 63) 6

Salomon Rondon (for Robson-Kanu, 64) 5

Matt Phillips (for Nyom, 74) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT?

BATE Borisov v Arsenal (Europa League, Thursday September 28)

West Brom v Watford (Premier League, Saturday September 30)

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