Arsenal’s hopes of securing a top-four finish suffered a huge blow after they lost 3-1 at West Bromwich Albion.
With pressure piling on Arsene Wenger after some dismal results in recent months, the Gunners were in dire need of making a good start. However, it was the home team which drew the first blood when Craig Dawson rose highest to head Nacer Chadli’s corner beyond Petr Cech after just 12 minutes. Arsene Wenger’s men responded soon when Alexis Sanchez capitalised on Chadli’s mistake and found the back of the net from a Granit Xhaka pass.
Saloman Rondon went close to scoring but pulled a shot wide before Petr Cech did well to turn Darren Fletcher’s half-volley wide on 35 minutes. That was Cech’s last contribution to the game as he was replaced by David Ospine after suffering a leg injury.
The home team again started in a dominant fashion after the restart with Rondon heading wide just six minutes after the break. The Baggies were finally rewarded for their good performance when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu poked home after Ospina failed to collect a cross. 10 minutes later, Danny Welbeck came close to hitting the equaliser but was denied by the crossbar. West Brom finally wrapped up the victory fifteen minutes from time when Dawson found the back of the net with a headed effort.
The defeat is now Arsenal’s fourth in last five Premier League games and has left them five points shy of fourth-placed Liverpool.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
Genuinely can't believe Arsenal fans went to the Hawthorns and saw more planes than goals from their team loooool
— m (@ScholesEsqueJr) March 18, 2017
Let's analyse how Arsenal set up at corners today… pic.twitter.com/VfYJsBwA9L
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 18, 2017
7 yrs on, Darren Fletcher is still bullying the Arsenal midfield. Can't make this stuff up
— NOT NICE (@AaronMancz) March 18, 2017
10 – Bayern Munich need to lose their next 10 games to ensure Arsenal can be drawn against them in the Europa League next year. Challenge.
— OptaJoke (@OptaJoke) March 18, 2017
I love Arsenal Football Club.
You love Arsene Wenger.
— Lord Gooner (@lordgooner8) March 18, 2017
Thierry Henry: "Arsenal's next game after the break is going to be Man City at home. That's going to be fire right there."
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) March 18, 2017
Thierry Henry destroying Arsenal's defending. "I have never seen that before in my life." Slaughtered Oxlade-Chamberlain for switching off.
— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) March 18, 2017
Bayern, PSG, Real, Chelsea, Man Utd, Liverpool and City have all changed managers since Arsenal last won away at a top 8 side in the league.
— Joe Hall (@joehallwords) March 18, 2017
The Arsenal players can apologise to the fans through the media & via the official site but ACTIONS speak louder than words.
— Michael Gooner (@MickTheGooner) March 18, 2017
Best squad of players on paper but the worst Arsenal performances I've seen for many years. Board, manager & players all to blame
— Memz (@FTR90_Memz) March 18, 2017