Why West Brom defeat will spell the end of the Wenger era at Arsenal
COMMENT By Danny Wright
A shock result at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday could mean that the Arsenal board will once and for all sack Arsene Wenger.
The French manager is in deep trouble at the Emirates and has suffered a number of humiliating defeats in recent weeks that has led calls for him to leave the club to grow louder and louder.
The 10-2 aggregate defeat to Bayern Munich knocked the Gunners out of the Champions League round of 16 stage for the seventh year in a row and league losses to Watford, Chelsea and Liverpool have derailed yet another shot at the Premier League title.
In fact, since the January loss to the Hornets, Arsenal have only managed to beat relegation-threatened Hull and two non-league sides in their last eight games in all competitions.
The north London club have now slipped out of the top four and if they were to finish outside the Champions League qualifying spaces it will be the first time in Wenger’s 21 year reign they have failed to reach Europe’s most prestigious competition.
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So what do West Brom have to do with this?
The West Midlands club have a history of forcing owners to wield the axe and sack their managers after defeats against them.
In recent Premier League history Mick McCarthy, Andre Vilas-Boas, Paulo Di Canio, Chris Hughton (twice), Roberto Di Matteo and most recently Mike Phelan have all been sacked after defeats to the Baggies.
Not to mention that Sir Alex Ferguson’s trophy-ridden 27-years as Manchester United boss eventually came to an end at the Hawthorns in a dramatic 5-5 draw.
Two different Chelsea managers have seen their spells at Stamford Bridge come to abrupt ends.
Even Champions League winning boss Di Matteo wasn’t immune from the Albion curse, despite a successful spell as manager at the Hawthorns.
Roberto Mancini also managed his last Premier League match for Manchester City against West Brom.
It seems that chairmen and owners simply do not like it when their club struggles against West Brom.
Joking aside though, despite losing their last home game West Brom have turned their ground into somewhat of a fortress this season, only losing four times in 14 games in the Black Country this season.
Wenger had better hope that his Arsenal side can pick up their form at the Hawthorns on Saturday, otherwise the Albion curse could strike again.
In other Arsenal news, the club have entered a race with Chelsea to sign this £20million-rated Championship winger.