Arsenal were beaten for the sixth time in nine games after a 3-1 defeat at West Brom on Saturday.
For a game in which the Gunners needed to come out fighting, Arsene Wenger’s side predominantly fired blanks.
After just 12 minutes, a whipped corner was met by Craig Dawson, who capitalised on some dodgy zonal marking from Arsenal.
Alexis Sanchez continues to be the one bright spark in the side – the Chilean likely to be departing this summer was found by Granit Xhaka to equalise for his 18th league goal of the season.
Albion retook the lead 10 minutes after the break as Howe Robson Kanu scored with just his second touch.
Danny Welbeck came close to an equaliser, though his header crashed off the bar. Other than that, the lack of fight and leadership in the Arsenal ranks was remarkable.
West Brom put the game to bed in the 75th minute as another calamity of zonal marking was exploited by Craig Dawson for his second of the match.
Arsenal remain five points behind 4th placed Liverpool, who have still played a game more, but the misery continues for Arsenal fans.
Wenger reaches decision over Arsenal future
The rumours of aeroplane banners planning to circle the stadium didn’t disappoint. Not one but two aeroplanes took flight – one pro Wenger and the other against the Frenchman.
Speaking after the game Wenger revealed he has already decided on his future. The boss who is out of contract in the summer has been offered a new deal by Arsenal, but with on-going protests and Arsenal in disarray, the tactician’s tenure could be drawing to a close.
“It leaves us in a unique situation that we’ve never had before. We face big problems to regroup and find resources to sort out the problem. We need some togetherness,” said the Frenchman (via BBC Sport).
“We face some serious challenges. The City game at home is a big game for us.”
More bad news – Alexis Sanchez and Petr Cech both were forced off after injuries. It is uncertain how long the pair could be out for.
It doesn’t get any easier for Arsenal – we host Manchester City in a pivotal match at The Emirates after the international break.