Arsenal FC cruised to a 1-0 win against West Bromwich Albion in what was their last home game of the season.
With Everton losing against Manchester City on Saturday, Arsenal were already guaranteed a top-four finish before this game. But Arsene Wenger’s men were keen to give the fan something to cheer about in their last home game of the season. Meanwhile, this loss will keep West Brom on their toes, near the relegation zone with two matches to go before they can secure their survival in the league.
Arsenal started the match brightly and took the lead through Olivier Giroud as he headed in Santi Cazorla’s corner. It was the French international’s 16th goal of the season in the Premier League and his third in his last four matches. The Gunners took control of the game after that goal and dominated possession, but failed to add to their tally in the end. West Brom did create some good opportunities as well, but nothing that really tested Wojciech Szczesny in goal.
Despite finishing fourth in the league, Arsene Wenger felt that they could have achieved a bit more this season, especially after leading the table for such a long period.
“We want more, as we were not sure to be in the top-four but we were 128 days top of the league so it is a bit of frustration too – but it has been tight as we are on 76 and the top of the table on 80 so there is frustration as you think what could have been.” – The Arsenal manager said.
Arsene Wenger was satisfied with the win though and praised his players for doing the job required of them.
“It did the job, maybe with a bit less drive than we have had in recent games as subconsciously we knew we are secure in the top-four, but we have 76 points and we want to get 79 – we want to get the maximum and win every game.
“West Brom is a good side and they played well and you can see the confidence plays a part and if they were in a more secure position they would be much more dangerous.” – Wenger added.
With this game Arsenal ended their campaign at the Emirates stadium. It didn’t start well for the Gunners at home this season as they faced an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Aston Villa in the opening day. But Arsene Wenger’s men have responded well after that and have been unbeaten at home since that defeat.
“I am proud because when you lose your first game and have 18 others it won’t be easy but we responded well, maybe we missed one or two games against big teams like Chelsea or City but overall it is a good record” – He said.
Arsene Wenger was also full of praise for Olivier Giroud, who scored the winner in the match and insisted that a lot more is to come from the French international next season.
“He has improved compared to last season and that is what you want and I think there is a lot more to come in his finishing and there is room for improvement in his runs in the box and he can still and he wants to score more goals next season” – Wenger insisted.