Date: 18th March 2017 at 5:39pm

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

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An anti-Wenger banner was quickly followed by a pro one

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.

 

5 responses to “Reaction: West Brom 3-1 Arsenal”

  1. Harifan says:

    If Arsene Wenger signing the new contract for the next seasson, i believe Arsenal FC will be like Sundeland FC, which is “who ever want to get the 3 point, come to Arsenal,and we will give with free”,

    Change all the peoples at Arsenal FC,built the new one including Manager, players,and strategy, enough for wenger, its time to say good bye,and if he love Arsenal FC, i think its time for Wenger to leave,and let other people to build the new Arsenal FC with out failed.

    I’m the Gooners from Indonesia
    Who love Arsenal since i was 7th years old,and now I’m 30th years old, my feeling to Arsenal Still same,i hope wenger and others can understand what Gonners feeling right now, and please prove what fans wanted.

  2. Javier says:

    somebody is saying quote:
    There is no benefit to Wenger staying at this point, even as an advisor.

    He has no brain for defense.

    He can no longer pick out talent.

    He’s a horrible game manager.

    He’s a shit tactician.

    If he hasn’t lost the dressing room, it’s damn close.

    He collects fucking 8.3 million pounds per year.

    He’s ripping the club apart.

    He’s turning Arsenal into a laughing stock.

    He’s ripping the fan base apart.

    If he had any dignity he would have resigned after that fucking Bayern debacle. It’s obvious that he has no dignity, or ability to evaluate himself, so he’ll have to be shown the door. The trouble is that he has probably penned the contract.

    If he signs a two year deal, Arsenal will be the joke of the footballing world. As if we aren’t already. What a shambles.

  3. Javier says:

    WENGER never learns
    You can predict an Arsenal season before it’s even begun.
    When it comes to tactics, Wenger is often found out.
    It’s taken him years to finally realise you need to give up some possession for being tighter in bigger games, but there’s still no real variation.
    Deluded quotes……..he said quote
    We have leaders in every position”
    Players don’t seem to believe in him
    In crucial games in a must-win clash the players didn’t seem bothered.

    He’s holding Arsenal back
    WENGER OUT

  4. TOP GUNNER says:

    please arsene do the decent thing please !!!! FUCK OFF

  5. TOP GUNNER says:

    if we had goal posts either side on the flanks of each ground we woukd fucking score cause every game its back and fucking sideways , well done wenger you have fucked my gunners up. PRICK

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