Alan Pardew is still awaiting his first win as Baggies boss, and Crystal Palace's point at home against Manchester City earlier in the day meant that they went into their clash with the Gunners four points off safety.
And it appeared that 2017 may end that way as Alexis Sanchez's free-kick seven minutes from time came off James McClean and gave the visitors a late lead, but there was a controversial twist that Pardew may be hoping proves to be a turning point in their season as they look to get themselves out of trouble.
Mike Dean gave West Brom a penalty when he decided that Calum Chambers had handled inside the box - though it did seem incredibly harsh - and Jay Rodriguez converted the spot-kick to ensure that the points were shared.
Unsurprisingly given the result, there was plenty of optimism coming from the West Brom fans on social media after the game - with many praising Dawson's display in particular.
While he did give the free kick away that led to Arsenal's goal, the 27-year-old was extremely impressive defensively, doing well to keep Alexis Sanchez quiet for most of the game - and the fans were delighted with his display.
Here is the best of the reaction...
Personally thought Dawson was immense today. so nice to watch a game with anticipation of what might happen rather than bored to tears. there's enough in this team with 1 or 2 obvious additions to be comfortable. Fair play j.rod that penalty took bottle. onwards and upwards #wba— Carl Sawyer (@baggiecarl) December 31, 2017
Good performance tonight. Got the draw our play deserved. Dawson immense. Rodriguez lively. Just love an angry wenger! Happy new year to all Baggies everywhere. #wba— Rich Bashford (@Bashie1970) December 31, 2017
Craig Dawson was great. Barry V good. Evans & Hegazi solid. Foster nothing to do.— London Baggies (@LondonBaggies) December 31, 2017
Gibbs tidy. Phillips lively, unlucky to come off.
Tentatively would suggest Krychowiak looked fitter when he came on...#WBA
Dawson and Hegazi were superb today! Everyone put a shift in! Massive game Tuesday night #WBA— Ben Hadlington (@BenHadlington) December 31, 2017
Unarguable in my mind, a point I argued last week....Craig Dawson is our most important player and with Evans bound to leave, HAS to be the next captain...You want leadership by example, you want a love for the shirt, Daws is your man...— Andy Caulton (@AndyfromNewHamp) December 31, 2017