Half-Time Report: Claudio Yacob heads West Bromwich Albion in front against Arsenal

Claudio Yacob heads West Bromwich Albion in front three minutes before the interval against in-form Arsenal.

Claudio Yacob's 42nd-minute header has given West Bromwich Albion a half-time lead over in-form Arsenal at The Hawthorns.

Mesut Oezil of Arsenal is chased by Claudio Yacob of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on October 6, 2013© Getty Images

Early on the Gunners had a couple of half-chances before they almost fell behind to a slice of bad luck in the 14th minute when Saido Berahino's long-range strike took a wicked deflection but did not beat Wojciech Szczesny, who got down low to tip it away.

Ten minutes later Jack Wilshere threatened with a shot that went wide after some neat passing on the edge of the Baggies' area from the visitors.

Aaron Ramsey then tested Boaz Myhill with a shot through a crowd of players before West Brom broke the deadlock three minutes before the interval.

Arsenal failed to clear the lines from a corner and Morgan Amalfitano swung the ball back into the middle where Yacob bulleted a header past Szczesny.

A general view of the The Hawthorns, home of West Bromwich Albion on March 19, 2011
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