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Premier League: Alexandre Lacazette brace helps Arsenal see off West Brom

| Updated: October 19, 2017 16:29:33


Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring their first goal during Monday's clash against West Bromwich. - Reuters photo Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring their first goal during Monday's clash against West Bromwich. - Reuters photo

Alexandre Lacazette on Monday scored twice to earn a shaky Arsenal victory over West Bromwich, their third Premier League win in a row at Emirates Stadium.

The France striker - who has scored in each of those home wins - headed into an open net in the 20th minute after West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster tipped Alexis Sanchez's free-kick onto the crossbar.

West Brom, on the night midfielder Gareth Barry broke the Premier League appearance record, felt they should have been awarded a penalty before the opener when Shkodran Mustafi brought down Jay Rodriguez with a sliding challenge.

Instead of staying on the ground following the contact, Rodriguez chose to continue but his shot was tipped onto the post by a diving Petr Cech.

After the break, Arsenal were themselves rightly awarded a spot-kick when Allan Nyom barged over Aaron Ramsey close to the byeline.

Lacazette stepped up and calmly slotted into the bottom right corner - his fourth goal since his club record £46.5 million summer move from Lyon.

The Baggies caused Arsenal problems in the first half in particular, with Nacho Monreal brilliantly clearing a Rodriguez header off the line in the 38th minute.

Victory for the Gunners lifts them to seventh in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham and six behind leaders Manchester City while West Brom drop to 12th.

 

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