Oxlade-Chamberlain apologises to fans for abject Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has said he will announce his plans "very soon" after reaching a decision about his future as Arsenal manager.

In a weird spectacle, another light aircraft trailed a message of support for the 67-year-old but there were few other sources of encouragement as his side slipped to a fourth defeat in five Premier League outings.

Wenger has previously indicated that no decision will be made on his future until the end of the season.

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 following a 3-1 loss at West Brom. "We are in a unique bad patch that we have not had for 20 years and that is more important for my future".

Asked if he felt such actions were disrespectful towards a manager who has brought nine major trophies to the club, including three Premier League titles, Wenger said: "I don't know". He should not have played in the second half but he insisted that he wanted to come out.

Robson-Kanu scored the second goal against Arsenal after coming on as a substitute, and said West Brom would try to build on their victory at fifth-placed Manchester United on April 1 after the global break.

"I don't know about that", said Wenger. Anti-Wenger fans flew a plane over The Hawthorns trailing a banner asking him to leave while another later proclaimed "In Arsene We Trust #RESPECTAW". "We have to focus on that".

Wenger's time at Arsenal appears to be rolling to a conclusion.

Wenger revealed Sanchez had been substituted with an ankle injury, which will be assessed before the club decide whether to withdraw him from the Chile squad.

"We will have a big fight, I agree, for the Champions League and it will be very hard now".

"We're very disappointed", he said.

The defence was all at sea as West Brom defender Craig Dawson scored nearly the same goal from two corners.

"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".

  • Julie Sanders