Arsenal 3, West Brom 2
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(AP) -- LONDON (SE) - Arsenal wrapped up a third place Premier League finish and guaranteed Champions League football for next season with a 3-2 win over West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
The Gunners got off to a dream start, taking the lead within four minutes as Yossi Benayoun capitalised on a Marton Fulop error. However, within ten minutes the Gunners found themselves trailing as Shane Long equalised – from what appeared to be an offside position – in the 11th minute before Graham Dorrans lashed home on the quarter hour mark.
The visitors regrouped, however, and levelled matters in the 30th minute as Andre Dos Santos smashed the ball into the net via the palms of the hapless Fulop.
Arsenal took the lead again after the interval, as Laurent Koscielny took advantage of another error from the Albion goalkeeper to poke home from a Van Persie corner
West Brom rallied late on, determined to avoid defeat in Roy Hodgson's final game in charge, but Kieran Gibbs made a crucial injury time challenge to deny Billy Jones and secure a vital three points.
Updated May 14, 2012