West Brom add to Wenger's woes as Dawson double downs Arsenal

Wenger was subjected to more vocal criticism from Arsenal supporters during Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Brom, while a plane sporting a banner calling for him to stand down flew over The Hawthorns at kick-off.

Dawson capitalised on some bad defending from the Gunners to head both of his goals from corners - the first to give the Baggies the lead, the second to seal their win.

Dawson fired the home side ahead in the 12th minute after a Nacer Chadli corner before Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal a ray of hope three minutes later with a composed finish from a superbly weighed pass by midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Barely two minutes after coming on for Rondon, Hal Robson-Kanu seized on a mistake from David Ospina to restore West Brom's lead 11 minutes after the break before Dawson added the Baggies third in the final quarter of the game.

"They blocked our goalkeeper both times".

Wenger's contract is set to expire at the end of this season.

"I know what I will do in my future, so you will soon know, very soon", he said.

The defeat leaves Arsenal in fifth position in the table, five points behind Liverpool who face Manchester City tomorrow, whilst they could fall to sixth in the standings if Manchester United emerge victorious in their clash against Bournemouth.

"We're bitterly disappointed. We're sorry to the fans". The ball fell to Robson-Kanu to prod into the net.

After the global break, Arsenal's next Premier League game is against Manchester City, the side they face in next month's FA Cup semi-final. "We lose game after game at the moment and that is for me much more important than my future".

Jonathan Walters levelled with a 38th-minute penalty awarded for a push on him by Cahill, but the England defender atoned to smash in a late victor from Cesc Fabregas's free-kick.

Wenger, Arsenal's manager since 1996, is believed to have been offered a new two-year contract. "We started really well and got the goals, but it was backs to the wall at the end", Shakespeare told the BBC. Lukaku's value to the team is underlined by the fact he's the first Everton player to score 21 league goals in a season since Gary Lineker in 1985-1986.

  • Julie Sanders