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Rodriguez penalty spoils Wenger's record day

31 Dec 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

Striker's 89th-minute penalty earns West Brom 1-1 draw with Arsenal in manager's 811th Premier League match in charge

Arsene Wenger’s record 811th Premier League match as manager ended in frustration as Jay Rodriguez’s late penalty earned West Bromwich Albion a 1-1 draw against Arsenal.

An 83rd-minute James McClean own goal appeared to have earned the Gunners a hard-fought away win at The Hawthorns until Rodriguez levelled from the spot in the 89th minute, following a handball by Calum Chambers.

In the first half Arsenal's Alex Iwobi curled over before Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster saved two long-range shots.

Though Rodriguez forced a good save from Petr Cech, who was aiming for a record 200th PL clean sheet, Arsenal looked to have sealed victory when Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick deflected in off McClean.

But West Brom ensured they remain undefeated against the Gunners in their last three home matches, claiming a point that takes them 19th. Arsenal lie fifth.

See: West Brom report | Arsenal report

Next fixtures

West Brom: 2 Jan v West Ham (A)
Arsenal: 3 Jan v Chelsea (H)

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