Arsenal relied on an 86th minute goal from Frenchman Olivier Giroud to beat West Bromwich Albion in what was a very closely contested affair.
The first half saw West Brom do what they do best as they defended very well as a unit. They restricted the Gunners chances in the first 45 minutes with the hosts going into the break very frustrated. The score line read 0-0.
The only chances that came from the first half was a long range effort from Granit Xhaka and a low shot from Alexis Sanchez. Both comfortably saved by the West Brom goalkeeper, Ben Foster.
The second half saw a rise in intensity from Arsenal as they came out from the tunnel. The Gunners started to stretch West Brom in pursuit of the first goal of the game.
Ben Foster was soon becoming the hero of Tony Pulis’ side. Foster pulled off a double save to deny Alex Iwobi first up and then put enough pressure on Sanchez to force the shot to hit the post.
Fosters efforts eventually proved to be in vain. Giroud muscled past Gareth McAuley to get on the end of Mesut Ozil’s cross to head home the winner for Arsenal.
It was the first start of the season for Giroud. With speculation flying around about whether he will be signing a new contract, he will hope that his efforts will put him in contention for a consistent starting position.