Olivier Giroud gave the visitors the lead but the Baggies quickly hit back and survived a late scare when Santi Cazorla sent a late penalty over the crossbar
Mikel Arteta’s own goal consigned Arsenal to a 2-1 defeat against West Brom that gives Manchester City the chance to take sole ownership of top spot in the Premier League.
Arsenal wasted the chance to go top of the Premier League as West Brom fought back from a goal down to beat them at The Hawthorns.
The visitors took the lead through Olivier Giroud, who headed in Mesut Ozil’s free-kick from the right.
James Morrison volleyed past Petr Cech to level before Mikel Arteta diverted James McClean’s cross into his own net.
Santi Cazorla could have secured a point from the penalty spot, but he slipped at the crucial moment.
Victory moves Tony Pulis’ side up to 12th, while Arsenal’s first league defeat since 19 September sees them slip to fourth.
Some supporters of other clubs will have little sympathy for griping Gunners fans.
A club that consistently finishes in the top four, with a great assortment of attacking players, delivering attractive football and with a healthy transfer budget does not warrant a shoulder to cry on, surely?
But put yourself in the shoes of their fans. It is the hope that hurts.
The match at The Hawthorns was supposed to be the start of a winning run that would see them go on beat Norwich, Sunderland and Aston Villa. But, alas, they have stumbled once again.
The Gunners had 73% possession and 11 efforts on goal. Two of those should have been converted, with substitute Joel Campbell missing from four yards and Cazorla slipping as he went to take a spot-kick.
Then there is the growing injury list…