Arsenal: Feeble Gunners Flop To Defeat Against West Brom (Photos & Video)

Alan Duffy

19th, March 2017

Of the two sets of Arsenal fans who flew pre-match banners above the Hawthorns on Saturday, the ‘Wenger Out’ brigade will no doubt be feeling rather more smug after yet another dismal display from the Gunners.

Having lost three of their last four league games, Arsenal were in desperate need of a win but faced a West Brom side enjoying a fine season which has seen them rise to the top eight in the table.

The Baggies got off to a great start, with Craig Dawson heading home from a corner after utterly shambolic defending from the visitors.

Arsenal were without the injured Mesut Ozil, but Alexis Sanchez was once again the north Londoners main creative threat, with the Chilean levelling the scores soon after via a fine finish from a clever Granit Xhaka pass.

However, despite having most of the possession, Arsenal struggled to create much up front, with Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott struggling to make their respective marks on the game.

Just before the break, Petr Cech pulled his hamstring, meaning an appearance for David Ospina from the bench.

On 55 minutes, the Colombian was guilty of some atrocious goalkeeping, with his poorly attempted sliding clearance allowing sub Hal Robson-Kanu to fire home.

Welbeck had a great chance to get on the scoresheet himself, only to see his header come back off the frame of the West Brom goal.

Then, on 75 minutes, West Brom sealed the deal courtesy of another straightforward Dawson header from a corner, with the Arsenal defence embarrassingly ineffective.

Late on, Sanchez, who had been the victim of some poor challenges throughout the game, was subbed off with ankle ligament damage a worrying possibility for Wenger.

In the end, the game would end in humiliation for the Gunners, who now find themselves five points off a top-four place, as their season continues to unravel.

Tony Pulis and West Brom, however, can celebrate a deserved victory which sees them go six points behind seventh-placed Manchester United, albeit having played three games more.

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