March 18, 2017

Arsene Wenger Silent on future after Arsenal fall 3-1 to West Brom

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Arsene Wenger is still taking the hush approach to his future with Arsenal, that's not stopping fans from publicly airing their gripes.

Arsene Wenger is still taking the hush approach to his future with Arsenal, that’s not stopping fans from publicly airing their gripes, some won’t be satisfied until they hear the news of a new coach being hired for next season — especially after the club’s 3-1 loss to West Brom Saturday, their fourth loss in five Premier League games.

Wenger isn’t saying whether his reign in North London will extend to a 22nd season, or even if Arsenal management wants him to stick around.

“I don’t worry,” he said after Saturday’s loss. “I know what I will do in my future so you will soon know.”

A plane flying a banner that read, “NO CONTRACT WENGER OUT” flew over West Brom Saturday, making it clear that some fans want to take the decision out of his hands.

Any hopes of capturing the club’s first league title since 2004 were ushered out Saturday, as leaders Chelsea surged 19 points ahead of Arsenal with a 2-1 win at Stoke Saturday. Wenger isn’t alone in the field of teams that have likely given up on the chase this season — Tottenham and Manchester City are closest to Chelsea but are still 13 points behind the leader heading into their matches on Sunday.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger follows the game, during the English Premier League soccer match between West Brom and Arsenal at The Hawthorns.

Arsenal’s downfall against West Brom came once again from the club’s porous defense, Craig Dawson managed two goals, heading both of them from corners. Wenger’s side should have been much better prepared as no team in the Premier League has scored more goals from set pieces this season than West Brom, the club’s season total increased to 18 by the sound of the final whistle Saturday.

“We are sorry to the fans because that’s not acceptable,” midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said.

It didn’t take long for Arsenal to find themselves chasing West Brom in the match — just 12 minutes in, Dawson rose above Laurent Koscielny to glance in his first header.

While Alexis Sanchez managed to equalize just three minutes later, West Brom took command of the match once again in the 55th minute when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored with only his second touch of the game. Arsenal’s defense was once again to blame, David Ospina — who replaced injured goalkeeper Petr Cech — came to collect a cross and collided with Hector Bellerin. The ball fell to Robson-Kanu to prod into the net.

Danny Welbeck came within inches of leveling the contest once again, but was denied when his header ricochetted off the crossbar and drifted away. Unmarked, Dawson scored his second of the match and third in four games during the 75th minute to seal the victory for West Brom.

In the last month, Arsenal has been eliminated from the Champions League by Bayern Munich and only won two games — both against fifth-tier teams in the FA Cup.

“We are in a unique bad patch which we’ve never had in 20 years you know,” Wenger said. “We lose game after game at the moment and that is for me much more important than my future.”

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