West Bromwich Albion 0 Arsenal 1
( Welbeck 60 )

Danny Welbeck rose to power in his sixth Arsenal goal of the season as the Gunners saw off West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns. His leap and strength to hang in the air and head in from eight yards out came after Santi Cazorla held off his marker to deliver a cross which Welbeck revealed he was expecting. ” Once he got to the byline I knew roughly where he was going to put the ball, so I timed my run and got the right connection on it,” smiled Welbeck. On completing his £16 million summer move to the Emirates, the 24 year old had revealed that he wondered what it would be like to get on the end of an Arsenal attack. Here was another answer for the England striker.

Arsene Wenger had the luxury in selecting a three pronged attack. Fresh from his return from a fractured leg, Olivier Giroud joined Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez up front, and the trio’s ability to interchange positions on the flanks as well as centrally was the key to the Gunners’ third victory on the road, and coming on the back of securing Champions League last 16 qualification, things are looking brighter for Wenger’s men.

The man himself however refused to comment of a banner held aloft by a section of away supporters at the Hawthorns, urging his departure. ” Arsene – Thanks for the memories but it’s time to say goodbye.” The most successful manger in Gunners’ history does not deserve such criticism, and visible upset at the post match press conference, and despite being pushed for a reply, Wenger refused to answer his inquisitor several times. ” I don’t comment on that. Do I need to say it again? I don’t comment on your question,” is all that the Gunners’ manager would offer.

Welbeck had earlier been denied by Ben Foster, and when the Baggies ‘keeper was robbed by the alert and pressing Giroud, only the acute angle prevented the France striker from netting on consecutive Premiership outings since his return. Saido Berahino struck the woodwork as the Baggies attempted to salvage a point, but the Arsenal defence held on to a priceless away clean sheet.

Aaron Ramsey is getting back to his best form, and Wenger welcomed back Laurent Koscielny who has been a big miss during his near two month absence. Nacho Monreal looks to be the latest injury headache for Wenger to deal. He lasted only 18 minutes and had to be replaced by Kieran Gibbs. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks to have taken a knock on his knee which will need attention ahead on the visit of Southampton on Wednesday evening.

Welbeck will relish the chance to add to his goal tally against the Saints, and continued on the club’s official site, “I’ve had a couple blocked off the line ( in recent games ) and it just wasn’t going my way, but I’ve got the goal and I’m just looking forward to scoring more and helping the team to win games.

“It gives the manager a good headache and he’s got a lot of options going forward. Going into the games, everybody’s going to be giving 100 per cent.

“Once they get their opportunity they’re going to do the best they can. There’s players who were on the bench or weren’t even in the squad who can do a very good job for Arsenal.”