Baggies Gold; Three Classic games against the Albion

Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion are two teams who have endured some entertaining matches over the past decade. The fixture has thrown up some unpredictable meetings between the two sides, with a shock result never out of the question.

The two sides have shared some classic moments, enjoyable games and world-class goals.

Ahead of our match on Saturday, WTTGT takes a look at three of the standout games featuring the Gunners and the Baggies from recent years.

We’re sure that you’ll enjoy them.

April 2006

Arsenal 3-1 WBA

This was to be the final time that the two sides would meet at Highbury, and it just so happen to take place on Dennis Bergkamp day.

Arsenal were still in the hunt for fourth place and went ahead of the stroke of half time through Alex Hleb, before Nigel Quashie equalised with less than 18 minutes to play.

However, Arsene Wenger was to then introduce Robert Pires and Bergkamp into the fray, and they proved to be the difference.

Pires put Arsenal back in front just four minutes later before the Dutchman made it 3-1 in the dying minutes with a superb strike, to round off a day that belonged to him.

October 2002

September 2010

Arsenal 2-3 WBA

Albion were back in the Premier League having won promotion from the Championship in the previous season.

Nobody fancied them to take anything from the Emirates Stadium, but how they were to prove the doubters wrong.

With the game goalless at the break, the Baggies raced into a 3-0 lead through Peter Odemwingie, Gonzalo Jara and former-Gunner Jerome Thomas to stun the Arsenal faithful.

Samir Nasri struck twice in the final 15 minutes for the hosts, but it wasn’t enough as West Brom marched away from North London with a famous victory.

May 2012

WBA 2-3 Arsenal

You won’t have to cast your memory that far back to remember this crucial game. Both teams have an agenda; Arsenal wanted to be certain of finishing third above Tottenham Hotspur, whereas Albion were looking to give Roy Hodgson the best possible send off during his last game in charge.

Having taken an early lead through Yossi Beanyoun, West Brom hit a quickfire double through Shane Long and Graeme Dorrans to put the home side ahead.

Albion were in front for just 15 minutes, as Andre Santos levelled the game at 2-2 on the 30 minute mark.

But it was the Gunners who came away with the result, as Laurent Koscielny knocked in the third in the second half, to ensure Arsenal of third place.

Matt Cotton

 

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