Carl Jenkinson's performances have improved significanly
The team as a whole passed the ball beautifully time and time again as they asserted their authority on the game to continue their recent fine run of form. The midfield of Song, Arteta and Ramsey interchanged excellently and controlled the centre of the park, while Gervinho and Walcott were not at their flowing best. In the 22nd minute a quick free kick from Aaron Ramsey sent Walcott clear, however he shot straight at Ben Foster in the West Brom goal. Luckily Foster’s save fell to the feet of Van Persie who simply couldn’t miss. Arsenal doubled their lead seventeen minutes later as Alex Song’s wonderful cross was cut back, by Van Persie, into the path of Vermaelen who duly smashed the ball past Foster. In the second half Arsenal continued to control the game, keeping West Brom at arm’s length before killing off the contest in the 74th minute through Arteta’s fine strike. This was due reward for the Spaniard who I believe has been a brilliant addition to the squad. He always appears so elegant on the ball, has a great passing range and shot and just as importantly, he does not shirk his defensive responsibilities.
Vermaelen celebrates putting Arsenal two-nil up