After poor performances against Crystal Palace and Everton, West Brom moved forward from the 40-point mark with an outstanding display against Arsenal at The Hawthorns. Despite having only 23 percent possession, nobody could argue that Tony Pulis' team were much the better side, looking dangerous every time they counter-attacked and even more so from set pieces. West Brom were simply too powerful for an Arsenal side that didn't look up for the battle.
WEST BROMWICH, England -- Ultimately, it was Arsene Wenger himself who provided the most comprehensive summary of Arsenal's damaging 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
"It was a typical Premier League game now, that you see a lot, where one team has a lot of the ball and the other defends deep well, waits for counterattacks and set pieces," Wenger explained. "West Brom did that very well. We had 77 percent of possession but didn't create enough chances."
WEST BROMWICH, England -- Three thoughts from Arsenal's stunning 3-1 defeat at West Brom.
1. Arsenal fall to another defeat
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