Dawson dents Arsenal hopes

WBA 'Next Home Game' vs. Arsenal. Patrick Kelly-Burton
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Arsenal’s poor league form continued as Craig Dawson’s brace earned West Brom a deserved 3-1 win at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

The Gunners suffered a fourth defeat in their last five Premier League matches after an abject display plunged their top four hopes into serious misery.

Arsenal’s failure to deal with West Brom’s strengths at set pieces proved to be the difference when Craig Dawson bagged consecutive headers either side of Hal Robson-Kanu’s poke into the net.

The Baggies opened the scoring after just 12 minutes: Nacer Chadli’s corner was headed in by the West Brom centre-half before Alexis Sanchez fired in from close range three minutes later to level.

But they fell behind again when second half substitute Robson-Kanu prodded home with just his second touch of the ball to restore Albion’s lead.

Danny Welbeck came closest to equalising for Arsenal when his header struck the crossbar. But Dawson’s unmarked leap ensured the home side a shock three points with 15 minutes remaining.

It was another disappointing afternoon for Arsene Wenger’s men in the Premier League. Injuries during the game to goalkeeper Petr Cech and star-man Alexis Sanchez added to the growing list of problems for the under-fire boss, who’s seen his side fall into sixth position in the table and the same number of points adrift of Liverpool in fourth.

Going into the international break, Arsene Wenger is under serious scrutiny after revealing to reporters in his post-match press-conference he’s made a decision about his future. He told them they will know ‘very soon’  whether he will sign a tabled two-year deal, or end his 21 year affiliation with the club.

Arsenal have two weeks to prepare for a huge clash with fellow top four hopefuls Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on April 2nd.

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