Wenger to announce his future plans 'very soon'

"I know what I will do in my future, so you will soon know, very soon", Sport24 quoted Wenger as saying.

Alexis Sanchez's 18th Premier League goal of the season had cancelled out Dawson's opener but the Gunners remain five points adrift of the top four with their hopes of Champions League qualification in the balance.

The 67-year-old Frenchman is believed to have been offered a new two-year contract by the club.

The issue is likely to split the opinion of fans, with renewed calls from some sections of the fanbase to end his 21-year stay at Arsenal at the end of the campaign after a 3-1 loss at West Bromwich. In the first half he was the one who created many chances, made risky situations and in the second half you could see that he couldn't anymore. "We have to go away and recover and prepare well for the end of the season".

It was an eventful encounter, both on the pitch and above it as two planes pulling banners - one pro-Arsene Wenger and the other against the Arsenal boss - made circles around The Hawthorns.

Unmarked, Dawson scored his second of the match and third in four games during the 75th minute to seal the victory for West Brom.

"You can always use that criticism when you lose a game but I think we took the responsibility to take the game to them, although it didn't work today".

"It's very worrying because we are not used to that [four defeats in five] and overall we have a hell of a task now to fight back". Although we lost two games, we've got to keep our feet on the ground.

"We spent a bit of time on that, we knew if we got the right quality in with the right movement we would get chances".

The Arsenal manager reported that Sanchez's ankle was in "an absolutely bad state" after he was taken off near the end of the 3-1 defeat but he is still unsure of the extent of the injury to his key attacker.

'It was an important win but we're certainly looking forward to building on it'.

  • Julie Sanders