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Arsenal 3-1 West-Brom: Willian finally break the deadlock as the Baggies are relegated despite Matheus Pereira’s stunning solo goal

Arsenal bounced back from their Europa League semi-final exit midweek to defeat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and condem the Baggies to relegation.

Sam Allardyce loses his record of having never been relegated from the Premier League.

Goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe put the home side ahead at the break.

The first came from the left and a move involving Willian and Saka, who crossed for Smith Rowe. Semi Ajayi was loose with his marking and the 20-year-old buried the volley.

A good finish, but let’s return to Saka. It was his 19th assist in all competitions since making his debut in November 2018.

The second goal was an item of beauty from Pepe. He was heading towards the byline down the right when he checked inwards and on to his left foot.

The shuffle bought a little space from Conor Townsend, but nothing that followed could be pinned on the West Brom player.

The speed of the shot, the angle from which it was delivered, the tariff of difficulty – a superb goal, really, and another question of how players so capable so often appear anything but.

However, Matheus Pereira notched a fine strike with a mazy run to give the visitors hope.

Willian ended West Brom’s survival bid with a brilliant free-kick to score his first Arsenal goal.

For Allardyce, it is an underwhelming end. He came in and made this side a touch better and gave them hope, if only a little. But the fire was too big, so down they go.

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