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Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Capital One Cup third round: West Brom 1 Arsenal 1 (Arsenal win 4-3 on penalties)
Nacho Monreal scored the decisive penalty to continue Arsenal’s winning streak and send them into the last 16 of the Capital One Cup at the expense of West Bromwich Albion.
The two sides couldn’t be separated after 120 minutes of football at the Hawthorns as Thomas Eisfeld put the Gunners in front on the hour mark but Saido Berahino levelled for the Baggies 10 minutes later.
There were no goals in extra time so the contest was decided with a shootout and after three successfull conversions, Arsenal’s Serge Gnabry missed to initially hand the advantage to the hosts.
But West Brom defender Craig Dawson failed to even hit the target and when his team-mate Morgan Amalfitano did likewise it left the Gunners’ left back Monreal to stroke home the winning penalty.
It sets up a London derby against Chelsea at The Emirates Stadium next month.
In terms of Arsenal’s impact in the opening 45 minutes, perhaps the most notable was that of Nicklas Bendtner - making his first Gunners appearance since August 2011 - with a post when he failed to connect with an early cross, and debutant Isaac Hayden on Youssouf Mulumbu with a sliding challenge that saw the 18-year-old Gunner shown a yellow card which could have been red.
Albion - whose first XI featured eight changes and their opponents’ nine - had the best chances of the first half.
They created an opening early on as Shane Long got his head to skipper Reid’s cross, the ball then striking Carl Jenkinson and diverting to Fabianski.
Five minutes later Bendtner missed Ryo Miyaichi’s delivery and collided with the post, continuing afterwards having briefly received treatment.
Albion began to settle and after Graham Dorrans shanked an effort, his corner was headed goalwards by Dawson and Fabianski tipped over the bar.
Hayden might have felt lucky to escape with only a booking for his tackle on Mulumbu in the 33rd minute, and Monreal also received a yellow card moments later for fouling Berahino, with Dorrans then blasting the resulting free-kick wide.
The visitors looked to apply some pressure towards the end of the half and after a Monreal shot was blocked, there was a scare for West Brom when Daniels slipped as a corner came into the box, but they managed to clear the ball.
The Baggies went close just prior to the interval as Reid’s free-kick whistled over - via a touch from Fabianski according to the match officials, despite the Poland stopper’s claims to the contrary.
Eisfeld looped a shot over the bar shortly into the second half, and Thomas Vermaelen then became the third Arsenal player to receive a yellow card, having felled Long.
Albion stepped things up a gear and Per Mertesacker intervened to clear a Long cross, with Fabianski then diving to excellently palm behind Mulumbu’s drive from the edge of the box.
Moments later, though, Mulumbu gave the ball away and Arsenal took advantage as Eisfeld latched on to Bendtner’s through-ball to finish.
Berahino came to West Brom’s rescue, nodding in from Long’s tee-up to draw things level.
Berahino then flashed a shot over, before Diego Lugano picked up the hosts’ first booking for a two-footed challenge on Mertesacker.
Extra-time was confirmed after no Arsenal player was able to get a killer touch on Jenkinson’s late delivery into the danger zone.
A deflected Miyaichi effort almost caught out Daniels and Dawson then made a superb last-ditch tackle to take the ball from Bendtner, who was through on goal.
Arsenal substitute Chuba Akpom drilled a shot across the face of goal just before the extra-time break, and just after the interval, Albion substitute Markus Rosenberg saw Fabianski turn his effort behind.
Another Arsenal substitute, Hector Bellerin, tried his luck with two shots, one saved by Daniels and the other going wide.
Amalfitano crashed the ball against the bar, Rosenberg was denied once again and Scott Sinclair passed up a good-looking opportunity.
The contest duly went to penalties and Monreal had the final say after Dawson and Amalfitano’s failed attempts.
West Brom: Daniels, Reid, Popov, Lugano, Dawson, Sinclair, Dorrans, Mulumbu (Morrison, 91), Berahino (Amalfitano, 101), Long (Rosenberg, 91), Sessegnon
Unused subs: Camp, Olsson, McAuley, Jones
Arsenal: Fabianski, Mertesacker, Vermaelen, Monreal, Jenkinson, Arteta (Bellerin, 95), Miyaichi, Gnabry, Hayden (Olsson, 84), Bendtner, Eisfeld (Akpom, 82)
Unused subs: Viviano, Flamini, Iwobi, Park Chu-Young,
Referee: Robert Madley