Arsene Wenger’s record-breaking 811th Premier League match as a manager ended in frustration and disappointment as West Bromwich Albion scored a controversial 89th-minute equaliser to rescue a point at The Hawthorns on Sunday.
It looked as though Arsenal had edged a largely uneventful affair when Alexis Sanchez’s free kick deflected in off James McClean for an own goal, but it proved to be that all of the action was reserved for the closing stages.
Calum Chambers was harshly penalised for a handball just four minutes later, and Jay Rodriguez stepped up to the resulting spot kick and fired it down the middle to rescue a point for the Baggies in the final Premier League game of 2017.
The result means that West Brom’s winless run extends to 19 in the top flight and 20 across all competitions, whereas Arsenal miss the chance to move back to within one point of the top four and will now begin 2018 with a three-point deficit to make up.
The Baggies had slipped down to bottom of the table as a result of Swansea City’s victory over Watford, but despite their torrid run of form Alan Pardew’s side started the match on top.