Arsenal squandered yet another chance to close the gap on Manchester United even though they came back from a two goal deficit to record a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns earlier this afternoon.
The Gunners went behind early on (4 minutes to be exact) after Steven Reid was given time and space to rise and bullet home a header past Manuel Almunia from 6-yards. As usual Arsenal had most of the possession and managed to play their simplistic passing game, but failed to test West Brom’s Scott Carson. The Gunners best first-half effort fell to Aaron Ramsey who had a 4-yard shot saved by Carson following Robin Van Persie’s header which hit the bar and fell to the Welsh midfielder.
West Brom’s second of the game came in the 58th minute after another catastrophic error by Manuel Almunia. The Spaniard rushed out of his box to try and intercept a long ball played up field. Arsenal’s Sebastien Squillaci was on hand to help, but both failed to deal with the situation which left Baggies Striker Peter Odemwingie rolling the ball into an empty net.
Arsenal piled on the pressure and were eventually rewarded for their efforts in the 70th minute. Andrey Arshavin rifled home a left foot shot just outside the West Brom area after playing a nice one-two with Marouane Chamakh which sparked the comeback.
Robin Van Persie levelled 8 minutes later in less than spectacular fashion. Nicklas Bendtner nodded Arshavin’s cross back into the box which Abdoulaye Meite failed to deal with. Van Persie pounced on the centre-back’s mistake and saw the ball roll agonizingly over the line.
Arsenal will no doubt be happy to bag a point after going two behind, and on another day could have been viewed as a great result, but what does another two points dropped do for the Gunners who are now 5 points (with a game in hand) behind league leaders Manchester United?
What five things did we learn about Arsenal today?
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