London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Jack Wilshere scored in the 63rd minute to help Arsenal salvage a 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion and return to the top of the Premier League Sunday at the Hawthorns.
With the tie, Arsenal leapfrogged Liverpool for the overall spot in the standings. Arsenal and Liverpool are tied with 16 points each but the former has scored more goals, 14-11.
“We again have shown character to come back into this game and in the second half being a goal down to equalize. It’s a good position to start again after the international break,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said.
Claudio Yacob scored for West Bromwich Albion, which earned the honors of snapping Arsenal’s run of eight consecutive road victories.
“I’m pleased with the players for another good game against another top team. On the back of what we did at Old Trafford four points from these two games is a good return for us,” West Brom head coach Steve Clarke said.
Clarke introduced two two changes from the team that started last week’s victory at Manchester United, with Saido Berahino and Nicolas Anelka replacing the injured duo of Victor Anichebe and Scott Sinclair.
Wenger also made two alterations from the midweek UEFA Champions League victory over Napoli with Carl Jenkinson coming in for the injured Bacary Sagna at right-back while Wilshere started in midfield.
After a quiet start, the hosts were denied an opener in the 15th minute as Wojciech Szczesny dived to his right to keep out Berahino’s effort.
Yacob put West Brom in front three minutes before half-time when he headed home a Morgan Amalfitano’s right-wing cross from six yards.
Anelka wasted a golden opportunity to double the lead in the 52nd minute after springing the offside trap from Liam Ridgewell’s pass but he placed his effort wide of the right-hand post.
West Brom’s wasted opportunities took their toll in the 63rd minute when Wilshere scored with a slight deflection to tie the game.
In other matches, West Ham United scored three goals in the second half en route to a 3-0 blanking of Tottenham Hotspur.
Two goals in the final five minutes allowed Chelsea to claim a 3-1 victory over Norwich City while Southampton moved into the top four with a 2-0 win over Swansea City.