Arsenal return to winning ways against West Brom

Published:11 May 2021

Manchester City

Arsenal and Mikel Arteta have had a tough week. After leaving the Europa League, Arsenal's season was doomed.

A goalless draw ended Arsenal's only chance of winning a trophy and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League next season against Villarreal.

On the other hand, the Gunners put their Europa League exit behind them on Sunday, defeating West Bromwich Albion 3-1.

Emile Smith-Rowe, Nicolas Pepe, and Willian all scored, ensuring Matheus Pereira's goal was nothing more than a consolation for the Baggies, who have now been relegated.

Arsenal's season may be beyond repair at this stage, but they needed to get back on track after their dreadful performance in the Europa League.

That's precisely what they did. Although there was little at stake, the Gunners increased their results, playing with guile and power.

Their first goal exemplified what fans expect from the team: fast passing, proactive play, and ruthless finishing.

Although the north London club has climbed to ninth place in the Premier League, their chances of qualifying for the Europa League or the newly created Conference League remain slim.

Following their exit from the Europa League, Arsenal tried to get a reaction against West Brom. That was understandable, given how the team had let their fans down over two legs against Villarreal.

Many Arsenal supporters are also hurting from the club's elimination from Europe. The Gunners had a big chance to save their season, but they squandered it.

After the victory over West Brom, Arteta admitted that he was still in pain. The whole team was in pain, and they can only blame themselves.

There isn't anything to play for right now, but the Gunners owe it to their supporters to finish the season strongly. Maybe they'll be able to qualify for the Conference League, Europe's newest third-tier competition.