West Brom – Arsenal: All Christmas carols that lament the long wait until the 2021 season can sing along

Two wonderful goals in five minutes gave Arsenal an advantage in the first half that did not diminish in their 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion at the snow-capped Hawthorns on Saturday

Sam Johnstone of West Brom scored eight saves in the defeat so it could have been even clearer

Alexandre Lacazette met twice and prepared Bukayo Saka for another Kieran Tierney also sent a stunner in the blowout win

Arsenal’s 23 points are in sixth place in the top four, although several teams have played fewer than their 17 games before the Gunners

Arsenal have Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton before joining Manchester United on Jan. January a tough run begins 30

Sam Allardyce’s Baggies lost three to four to stay in the drop zone, six points behind 17th Place in Brighton

1 Arsenal looks like Arsenal: We argued in December 21 that Arsenal had to get some better bounces, Lacazette had to play more and pick a formation and join in Lacazette has since scored in three consecutive games – two starts – as Arsenal played a 4-2-3-1 in every game and got all the jumps against Chelsea to start the winning streak

Yes, of course the Gunners faced an inferior opponent, but it was a welcome sight to see the North London side resemble themselves Arsenal have been better defensively this year but haven’t caused a stir as often as we do got two views of traditional Arsenal on Saturday first there was Kieran Tierney’s great solo goal, something Arsenal artists have done a lot over the years

More encouraging and welcome, however, was the teamwork between Bukayo Saka, Alexandre Lacazette and Emile Smith-Rowe in scoring the special second goal. Mikel Arteta uses his pieces more offensively against smaller teams, and Saka, Lacazette, Aubameyang and the role of a bonafiden Playmakers – manned by Smith-Rowe on Saturday – made the difference

2 Baggies’ brutal stretching leads to predictable results: Sam Allardyce blew his chest in the 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, but that combined goal-line is 13-1 after four responsible games (Aston Villa, Leeds, Liverpool, Arsenal) Star keeper Sam Johnstone had six saves, five of which shot into the box as West Brom was often under fire, with hopes leaning on the Liverpool tie, it’s worth noting that West Brom drew under Slaven Bilic against Man City and Chelsea and lost 1-0 to Spurs and Manchester United so far, the change for the sake of change has done very little and the Baggies are six points away from safety Wolves, Man City and West Ham are next

3 Arsenal defense impregnable: The Gunners had allowed at least one goal in six straight league games after beating Chelsea 3-1 last week, but now they have hidden Brighton and West Brom to find a way towards it Find the top 6 images

Arsenal had 63 percent of the ball at halftime and an 11-2 lead on shots, with the Gunners putting more than half of those 11 shots on the frame and producing eight shots while they were within the 18 that’s all pretty much very promising regardless of the opponent

The Gunners were ready to go, and it was no surprise when they carried on, even if it came from a surprising producer

Kieran Tierney missed his target and then cut the same man back to go into 18 and score a great goal home

Arsenal doubled their lead after a great team goal Saka, Lacazette and Emile Smith-Rowe delivered the goods on the way to Sakas Marker to make it 2-0

The Baggies thought they had in 47th A snow-covered goal scored in the 16th minute when Matheus Pereira jumped behind Arsenal’s defensive line and punched Bernd Leno between the legs to hit the post Callum Robinson secured the rebound home, but Pereira was proven offside

Lacazette scored his goal in the 61st Minute after Semi Ajayi saw a possible own goal on his post before Emile Smith-Rowe’s shot was blocked for Lacazette, Saka drove the piece and deserves every mention in the MOTM debate

Lacazette wanted a word, however, and he leaned over before stretching his leg to shove home from close range for the 4-0

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