Arsenal broke West Brom’s resolve as the got back on track thanks to a late winner from Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman’s persistence paid off as he was on hand to head in Mesut Ozil’s cross on 86 minutes.
In a game where the performance was very much backseat to the result, a nervous Arsenal pulled through against a resilient defence orchestrated by Tony Pulis.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “In the end we had to be patient against a well organised West Brom side.
“We knew we had to win today after two disappointing defeats.”
The three points were pivotal for the Gunners who will look to kick on as they prepare to host Crystal Palace on New Years Day.
Arsenal’s title hopes aren’t exactly rejuvenated. Wenger’s side remain in 4th nine points behind Antonio Conte’s Chelsea who saw off Bournemouth 3-0.
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