Alan Shearer gives verdict on future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal after West Brom defeat
By Will Butcher
Alan Shearer believes Arsene Wenger has lost the support of his players after their disappointing 3-1 defeat to West Brom on Saturday evening.
The Gunners were outplayed at the Hawthorns by Tony Pulis’ side, as goals from Hal Robson-Kanu and a brace from Craig Dawson saw Alexis Sanchez’s strike act as a mere consolation.
Speaking on Match of the Day’s Facebook Live channel, Shearer claimed that the Arsenal players no longer want to play for Wenger as they failed to perform when needed the most.
“You’ll never get me asking for a manager to leave a club,” Shearer said. “But what you do get is an immediate reaction from a group of players when a manager leaves. We saw it at Leicester.
“I think now we’re seeing at Arsenal that when Wenger needed his players the most to roll up their sleeves and pull their socks up, they didn’t perform or didn’t want to perform.”
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Dawson capitalised on some poor set-piece defending from Arsenal to head home two goals from corners, while Wales international Robson-Kanu came off the bench to score with his second touch.
The north London giants have now lost six of their last nine league and cup outings, which has also included wins against non-league opponents Sutton and Lincoln as well as Hull City.
It has seen the Gunners plunge to a dismal sixth in the Premier League table, despite being expected to challenge for the title at the start of the 2016-17 campaign.
Wenger, who has been in charge of the Gunners for 21 years, is set to make a decision in the near future on his Arsenal future with his contract set to expire at the end of the season.
Wenger will be desperate to see a turn around in form and cling onto any hopes of finishing in the top four by securing victory against Man City on April 2 after the international break.