The Gunners had Olivier Giroud’s recent heroics to thank for escaping what would have been a very annoying FA Cup replay against Preston as the Frenchman’s last minute winner helped Arsenal secure a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
A disastrous display from Arsene Wenger’s side in the first half saw Preston Forward, Callum Robinson, put the Championship side on course for their first victory over the Gunners since 1960.
The only surprise of the opening half was that Arsenal were just down by a lone goal.
Arsene Wenger has Giroud to thank as the Frenchman’s 89th-minute winner helped Arsene maintain his unbeaten run in the FA Cup round 3.Danny Welbeck for the final seven minutes for his first appearance since damaging knee ligaments eight months ago.
Danny Welbeck also came on in the final minutes for his first appearance since damaging knee ligaments eight months ago.
West Brom, riding high in eighth place in the Premier League, lost 2-1 at home to Championship promotion-chasers Derby County, with Tom Ince netting a 54th-minute winner.
Southampton face a replay against second-tier opposition after Steven Naismith scored in the 92nd minute to earn Norwich City a 2-2 draw.
Ahmed Musa scored twice in five minutes as misfiring Premier League champions Leicester City — currently 15th in the top flight — came from behind to win 2-1 at Everton, who had gone ahead through Romelu Lukaku.
Marco Silva won the battle of the new Premier League managers, late goals by Abel Hernandez and Josh Tymon giving Hull City a 2-0 victory over Paul Clement’s Swansea City.
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce was frustrated on his return to former club Bolton Wanderers as the League One team held the south London side to a 0-0 draw.
Watford beat Burton Albion 2-0, while the all-Premier League tie between Sunderland and Burnley finished goalless.
There was no fairytale for seventh-tier Stourbridge, the lowest-ranked team in the competition, who lost 2-1 at Wycombe Wanderers of League Two.