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Arsenal edge West Brom on penalties

ESPN staff
September 25, 2013
Thomas Eisfeld put Arsenal ahead before Saido Berahino equalised © PA Photos
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Arsenal's winning streak continued as they defeated West Brom 4-3 on penalties at The Hawthorns, after extra-time had ended 1-1, to book their place in the League Cup fourth round.

Albion - whose first XI featured eight changes and their opponents' nine - had the best chances of the first half, with a Craig Dawson header being pushed over by Lukasz Fabianski.

There was also Steven Reid's free-kick, seemingly sent over by a slight touch of Fabianski's glove, although the goalkeeper argued he had not made contact, hoping to prevent a corner that was given nonetheless.

In terms of Arsenal's impact in the opening 45 minutes, perhaps the most notable was that of Nicklas Bendtner - making his first Arsenal appearance since August 2011 - with a post when he failed to connect with an early cross, and debutant Isaac Hayden on Youssouf Mulumbu with a sliding challenge that saw the 18-year-old Gunner shown a yellow card which could have been red.

There was no question that Fabianski had produced a save, and a good one, to keep out Mulumbu's strike on the hour mark.

But a minute later Arsenal had the lead as Mulumbu lost possession, Bendtner slipped in Thomas Eisfeld and the 20-year-old German slotted in what was his first Arsenal goal on his maiden start.

West Brom equalised in the 71st minute when Saido Berahino, scorer of a hat-trick in round two, headed past Fabianski from close range.

Baggies substitute Morgan Amalfitano hit the bar in extra time but the teams could not be separated over 120 minutes.

In the shoot-out, West Brom initially had the advantage after Luke Daniels saved Serge Gnabry's effort, but misses from Dawson and Amalfitano allowed Nacho Monreal to seal victory for the away side.

Arsenal, who have now won eight successive matches in all competitions, will host Chelsea in round four.

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