West Brom v Arsenal: Match in pictures
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta singled out the performance of Kieran Tierney following the 4-0 win over West Brom on Saturday. Tierney scored and assisted for the Gunners, who have now won their last three Premier League matches. The Scotland international is a firm favourite with the Arsenal fans and his performances are improving week on week.
Tierney struggled with injury problems during his first six months at Arsenal.
But the 23-year-old is now showing the form that led to Unai Emery spending £25million to take him away from Celtic 18 months ago.
And Arteta is delighted with the recent showings from his No 3.
“The first goal, the action from Kieran Tierney was terrific and great combinations for the second. Great attacking play today,” Arteta told BT Sport.
“He has been fantastic since I have been here, the moment he got back from his shoulder injury he has been terrific. He is a lad who gives everything and brings a great energy.”
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Tierney’s fine right-footed effort gave Arsenal the lead on a snowy night at the Hawthorns.
His goal was swiftly followed by a fine move which ended in Bukayo Saka scoring his second goal in as many matches.
Alexandre Lacazette grabbed a brace in the second half to seal a fantastic night for the Gunners.
And Arteta admits he is thrilled by his side’s upturn in results of late.
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“A very convincing win, to win the last three games in the Christmas period is not easy,” the Spaniard added.
“When the conditions were better we played some good football. We had to manage some bits at the end because the pitch was difficult.
“I am so happy we were able to achieve the target we had, the table looks completely different, the energy is different and wins bring confidence.
“We have a week now to prepare for another competition, we have great memories from winning the cup and enjoy tonight.”
Meanwhile, West Brom boss Sam Allardyce admits things do not look good for his side.
The Baggies are 19th in the table having conceded nine goals in their last two matches.
“Another game gone by where we learn more about the players we have,” Allardyce said.
“We have learnt an awful lot about what we can and cannot do. Some of the players who have not performed yet will get to play against Blackpool in the FA Cup.
“We need to work out a way of not trying to be as sloppy as we have been at conceding goals.
“It appears when we try to open up we leave opportunities for the opposition and we cannot cope.”
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