Arsenal crashed to their fourth defeat in five Premier League matches on a drizzly afternoon at the Hawthorns inflicting Arsene Wenger’s Longest Losing Streak As Arsenal Boss, the game ended 3-1 in favor of West Brom.
The poor run signifies a decline so bad that it is clubs longest without a win in the Wenger Era.
The Gunners were undone by two set-piece goals, both headers by West Brom right-back Craig Dawson, which sandwiched a scrappy effort by substitute Hal Robson-Kanu.
The match day itself was dominated by discussion about the future of Arsene Wenger, which then turned to a plane-based discussion high above the Hawthorns, this limp display was exactly what Wenger didn’t want.
Plane banners have become a curiously familiar sight when supporters are unhappy with their manager or owner, but seeing dueling banners was quite a remarkable sight. The first read “No Contract #Wenger Out” and had widely been expected, but the second caught everyone by surprise, a counter-banner: “In Arsene We Trust #RespectAW.”
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has called on Arsene Wenger and his squad to put aside their individual issues and concentrate on improving results.
Arsenal have crashed out in the Champions League and the Premier League title race in recent weeks, prompting increased speculation surrounding the future of Wenger – whose contract expires in the summer – and some of his household names.
Though Arsenal have suffered numerous mid-season collapses in recent years, Henry admitted the current level of criticism towards Wenger ‘does feel different’.
But the Frenchman said discussions about the fate of the Arsenal boss and his key players prevents the club from focusing on what is truly important.
“The talk is all about future of individuals and no one is talking about West Brom,’ Henry said ahead of Arsenal’s trip to The Hawthorns on Saturday.”
“Yes for him (Wenger) it’s very difficult to deal with at the minute. But they need to all concentrate and make sure they play better than they’ve been playing because the future of the club is at stake. “
‘Not of a manager or two players. It’s very important people understand Arsenal is more important than anything else.’
During a tetchy post match press conference, Wenger revealed that he has made up his mind about his future, fueling speculation that he could announce his departure as early as the international break.