With all of Arsenal’s title rivals having stellar weekends that seen them come out with 3 points, it was imperative that Monday nights fixture was a win – thankfully, in a match that will most likely be remembered for Gareth Barry becoming the player with the record number of Premier League appearances, the Gunner’s pulled off a solid, if at times nervy, win against West Bromwich Albion.

Arsene Wenger’s continued what has been a good month for the club with a 2-0 win against West Brom, with striker Alexandre Lacazette netting both goals.

The Frenchman is quickly adapting to life in North London, having scored in his past 3 home league games at the Emirates – 3 games which Arsenal have went on to win.

The game was not without incident, with West Brom having what appeared to be very clear calls for a penalty denied early in the first half, which would have given them the opportunity to go ahead, much to the ire of manager Tony Pulis, who has now been involved in 10 games at the Emirates – losing all of them.

Shkodran Mustafi brought down Jay Rodriguez with a sliding challenge, that on first viewing appeared to be a foul, and upon repeat viewings… also appeared to be a foul. Arsenal got lucky, and managed to take advantage of it.

In the 20th minute, an Alexis Sanchez free kick was tipped onto the bar by goalkeeper Ben Foster, with Lacazette gliding into the box to head the parried effort into an open net to make it one-nil.

After the break, it was Arsenal with the penalty shout, and this time, it was rightly awarded, adding to the Baggies woe. Close to the end line, Allan Nyom barged into Aaron Ramsey and the spot kick was given.

Record signing Lacazette stepped up and made no mistakes, slotting the ball into the bottom right corner, foregoing Foster even though he dived the correct way.

With 67 minutes on the clock, this two-goal cushion proved to be enough to get Arsenal over the line, although Pulis’s side threatened on several occasions, no more so than when Nacho Monreal had to perform a wonderful off-the-line clearance from a Rodriguez header in the 38th minute.

For this involvement and for his presence throughout the game, Monreal was Arsenal’s man of the match on the night, not putting a foot wrong and proving to be a very solid part of the three-man defensive partnership that Arsenal have persevered with this season.

The Gunner’s maintained the same formation hat was effective in the nil-nil draw against Chelsea, although changes were made up front with Sanchez and Ramsey playing behind Lacazette, with Walcott and Iwobi dropped.

In Sanchez’s first start since his failed Summer move, he performed well, striking the bar in the lead-up to first goal and winning more duels than any other player on the field, he was treated to a standing ovation from the home support on 83 minutes when he made way for substitute Mesut Ozil.

In other plusses for Arsene Wenger, Sead Kolasinac had another strong performance, and Ramsey was playing with a confidence that has not been seen in a while. After the game, the French manager was very complimentary about his compatriot striker Lacazette, saying “"He gets stronger in every game. Good first touch and movement. He is young and just arrived in England. The physical demands are very high."

The build-up to this fixture was mainly surrounding opposition midfielder Gareth Barry, who surpassed Ryan Gigg’s Premier League appearance record by starting the game, his 633rd in the league. The 36-year-old Englishman was disappointed with the result, but was offered an Arsenal shirt signed by the squad as a commemoration of the feat, as well as praise from all-corners, including former teammate and current national team manager Gareth Southgate.

Overall, while Arsenal were not as comprehensive as they and their supporters would like them to have been, they still managed to record a victory against an impressive and tricky West Brom team – the kind of result that needs to be expected and achieved if Arsenal are to perform well in the league this season.

While perhaps not yet showing the tremendous form of title rivals Manchester United and City, Arsenal have improved as of late and slowly starting to recover from a poor start that seen league losses to Stoke and Liverpool, the latter a 4-0 hammering that will live long in the memory.

Victory leaves Arsenal in seventh position in the table, one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham and six behind leaders Manchester City.

In an interesting stat that will be hard to emulate, each of Arsenal’s past seven home wins have come on a different day of the week. So, what’s next?

Arsenal don’t have much time to recover before their next games, a Thursday night trip to Belarus, before a home league game against Brighton on the 1st of October to round off the congested 3 weeks of fixtures.

Many have argued Arsenal’s fixture list to have been unreasonable – this fixture should not have been so close to the European fixture, it doesn’t make sense – but it is something that the side will have to become accustomed to, at least for the next few months.

The most important thing for Arsene Wenger’s men at the moment is to keep winning league games and build upon this momentum. Newly promoted Brighton will offer a test next Sunday, but knowing a win may put them into the top four (especially with Manchester City and Chelsea facing off), it’s another huge - and potentially tricky - game for Arsenal.