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West Brom 0-4 Arsenal: Player Ratings as Gunners overcome blizzard to crush Baggies

Max Cooper
Job done for the Gunners
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Arsenal overcame the wintery conditions to batter West Bromwich Albion 4-0 at the Hawthorns, as Mikel Arteta's men continued their mini-resurgence.

The Gunners took the lead on 22 minutes, when Kieran Tierney cut in from the left flank and fired a wonderful strike into the top corner on his weaker right foot. The visitors doubled their advantage mere minutes later, after Bukayo Saka tapped home to round off a beautiful, flowing team move.

Arsenal killed the game on the hour mark, with Alexandre Lacazette stroking the ball past Sam Johnstone, after Semi Ajayi almost turned a clearance into his own net. The Frenchman then nudged the final goal of the game over the line from a whipped Tierney cross to condemn West Brom to another defeat, and continue the Gunners' mini-revival.

Let's have a look at the player ratings from a goal-filled evening in the snow at the Hawthorns.


WEST BROMWICH ALBION

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Hands on head
Hands on head / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Sam Johnstone (GK) - 5/10 - Made an early save to deny Bellerin smartly. Could do nothing to keep out Tierney's wonder strike. Left completely marooned for the second, third and fourth, too.

Darnell Furlong (RB) - 5/10 - Allowed Tierney inside to have a crack at goal far too easily. Big Sam will be fuming. A poor display from the full-back.

Semi Ajayi (CB) - 5/10 - Couldn't cope with Lacazette's hunger, and left exposed by Furlong's poor positioning on a number of occasions. Spared from scoring a hilarious own goal by hitting the post.

Branislav Ivanovic (CB) - 4/10 - Looked miles off the pace and not up to standard for the Baggies. Had no answer for Arsenal's fluid movement. Subbed through injury - a small mercy.

Dara O'Shea (LB) - 5/10 - Bombarded down that left side by the flying Saka and Bellerin. Torn apart as the Gunners relentlessly targeted his flank. A tough evening for the defender.


2. Midfielders

Sawyers sticking the boot in
Sawyers sticking the boot in / MICHAEL REGAN/Getty Images

Romaine Sawyers (CM) - 5/10 - Did not score a hilarious own goal this time, thus making an immediate improvement on his last outing. Still, not sure he contributed anything positive to the performance.

Conor Gallagher (CM) - 6/10 - Wanted to make a difference, but his talents were restricted in such a rigid and uninspiring system. A slog of a 90 minutes.

Matt Phillips (CM) - 5/10 - Out of position, but used in the centre for his energy and pressing. Had no impact. He is a winger, after all.


3. Forwards

Tough conditions for Robinson to face
Tough conditions for Robinson to face / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Matheus Pereira (RW) - 5/10 - Anonymous, and cut a very frustrated figure. Put in the work in terms of running, but not allowed to demonstrate what his game is all about.

Callum Robinson (ST) - 6/10 - Who wants to be a lone striker in an Allardyce football team? Jeez. So little to shout about for Robinson on Saturday, but not his fault at all. Did have a goal disallowed for offside.

Grady Diangana (LW) - 4/10 -
Not sure if he touched the ball in the first half. Never got in the game, and the ball didn't come his way often enough to have a sniff. Subbed at half-time.


4. Substitutes

The first sub
The first sub / Pool/Getty Images

Charlie Austin (ST) - 5/10

Kyle Bartley (CB) - 6/10

Rakeem Harper (CM) - N/A


ARSENAL

5. Goalkeeper & Defenders

The goalscorer Tierney
The goalscorer Tierney / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Bernd Leno (GK) - 7/10 - Spare a thought for the coldest man in The Hawthorns. Nothing to do, and would have turned into a snowman if he hadn't kept himself busy with individual warm-ups.

Hector Bellerin (RB) - 7/10 - Flashed an early shot towards goal, but saw his effort saved. Much better than recent displays, and delivered in both halves of the pitch.

Rob Holding (CB) - 8/10 - Resolute and commanding in his duties, while posing a threat in the Baggies' penalty area, too. Comfortable.

Pablo Mari (CB) - 7/10 - Stepped out of defence with the ball well, given his lack of defensive work required. A quiet evening for the centre-back.

Kieran Tierney (LB) - 8/10 - Got Arsenal off the mark with a brilliant strike on his supposedly weaker foot, crashing the ball into the top corner. Never relented from his offensive duties, supplying the fourth with a great cross.


6. Midfielders

Xhaka battling away
Xhaka battling away / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Dani Ceballos (CM) - 8/10 - Always looking to penetrate the West Brom defence with direct, vertical passing, while not lacking bite in the tackle, either.

Granit Xhaka (CM) - 7/10 - Disciplined from the off, and showed no signs of the Mr Hyde to his Dr Jekyll. Kept Arsenal ticking and snuffed out potential dangers - not that there were many.

Emile Smith Rowe (AM) - 8/10 - Made a beautiful run behind the West Brom defence to completely carve them open for the second goal, selflessly rolling the ball across for Saka.


7. Forwards

Superstar lying in wait
Superstar lying in wait / TIM KEETON/Getty Images

Bukayo Saka (RW) - 9/10 - Continued his good form, using his direct running to good effect and terrifying his marker. Tapped home the second goal - couldn't miss from there. Brilliant again.

Alexandre Lacazette (ST) - 9/10 - Produced a lovely around-the-corner ball to send Smith Rowe in for the second. Killed the game with two clinical second-half goals.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (LW) - 7/10 -
Drifted infield and created spaces down the left flank for Tierney to exploit. Still not getting in those goalscoring positions.


8. Substitutes

Ainsley Maitland-Niles (RB) - 7/10

Willian (RW) - 6/10

Joe Willock (CM) - 6/10


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