Arsenal have been in the top flight longer than any other club, having not been relegated since they were controversially offered a place in the First Division at the expense of Tottenham Hotspur when football was reorganised after the First World War. They suffered the only relegation in their history when going by the name of Woolwich Arsenal in 1913.
The two clubs first met at the Hawthorns in Division Two following Albion’s relegation in 1901 with the Baggies winning 2-1 in April 1902. It wasn’t until 1921 that the Gunners record a first victory in West Bromwich with Joe Smith scoring a brace for the visitors in a 4-3 win at the home of the reigning League Champions.
Arsenal won 3-0 on their next visit before Albion gained their revenge with two comprehensive victories. In October 1922, Fred Morris was on top form as the Baggies recorded their biggest ever win over Arsenal. He scored four as the hosts won 7-0, and they followed that up with a 4-0 win the following season with Stan Davies scoring a brace of penalties.
The Gunners’ 3-0 win in April 1922 is their joint best result at the Hawthorns, matched in January 1935 when club legends Cliff Bastin and Ted Drake were on the scoresheet along with Joe Hulme also netting.
When a Bomber Brown goal was enough for bottom-of-the-table Albion to beat Bertie Mee’s title-chasing Arsenal in February 1973, most would not have thought that it would be another 32 years before the Baggies would beat the Gunners at the Hawthorns. Darren Carter’s wonder goal in October 2005 was the next winner in the fixture as the Baggies came from behind to win 2-1.
Albion have only won two further home games against Arsenal since with an own goal from current Gunners’ boss Mikel Arteta decisive in November 2015, while a rare double from Craig Dawson and another from Hal Robson-Kanu (pictured) earned Pulis’s team their last win of the season in March 2017.
All competitions; most recent game on the right
31 Dec 2017 – Premier League
West Brom 1 (Rodriguez (pen))
Arsenal 1 (McClean (o.g.))
18 Mar 2017 – Premier League
West Brom 3 (Dawson (2), Robson-Kanu)
Arsenal 1 (Sánchez)
Albion’s Record against Arsenal
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