Arsenal vs West Brom. Emirates Stadium. 24th May 2015.
Arsenal rammed the baggies 4-1. And what a way to end the season at home in front of your home fans.
Ospina: 5 [FoTM]
The Colombian had very little to do in the first half but was at fault for the West Brom goal, coming off his line and getting nowhere near the cross as McAuley nodded home. Also very fortunate to avoid another howler late on when his botched save deflected the ball onto the woodwork. He’s clearly the flop of the match.
The Spaniard didn’t have much work to do defensively but still didn’t have a huge say at the other end of the pitch either, with those in front of him doing enough damage. Good game from the 20-year-old.
The Brazilian had a good game and even picked up an assist for Wilshere’s goal.
The Captain led his team out to a very enjoyable performance to end the season. He was solid all round on the day.
Gibbo had a good outing on the day. He doesn’t look like he has gotten his full confidence back. Seemed to pick up a shoulder injury when colliding with Anichebe in the second half, but battled on until the end.
Francis Coquelin: 7
He looked like he had gone quiet the last couple of weeks, but after sitting out the Sunderland game; he looked fresh and had a commanding presence all through against West Brom till he was substituted.
After a few quiet games in the last couple of weeks, Cazorla looked livelier against West Brom. His mis-hit shot was tucked home at the back post by Walcott for the hat-trick, and that was about the only time Cazorla didn’t seem to be in control of things as he ran the game from his deep-lying playmaker role.
At his very best in the first half. Reminded us all of the Wilshere we used to know. Made clever darting runs into the box and linking up with those around him to great effect. Scored one of the goals of the season and could have had a couple more too.
Once again Mesut was as his best. He was heavily involved in Arsenal’s slick passing in and around the West Brom box. He pulled the strings from behind the striker as the hosts cut through the Baggies at will.
The Chilean was for once not the star of the show. He put in a very good shift and played an important role in many of his side’s moves, but was outshone by others around him.
Theo Walcott: 8.5MotM
Hat-trick hero and clearly man of the match. Magnificent display from the attacker having been handed a rare start. His first goal was a corker, and the other two were impressive in their own ways as well.
Ramsey came on as a substitute and could have had a hat-trick. He fitted seamlessly in to Arsenal’s free-flowing midfield.
He replaced Walcott but could not replicate the hat-trick hero, failing to have a sight of goal during his brief cameo.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 5.5
He made his return from injury with 13 minutes at the end but didn’t have a noticeable impact on the match.
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