After suffering a last 16 exit in Europe for the seventh straight season last week, Arsenal have fallen further away in the Premier League title race after another defeat to Westbrom.
A disgruntled fan base have aired their grievances against the under-fire Gunners boss, though some supporters still back the veteran French coach for another contract.
Arsene Wenger may have enjoyed considerable success over the course of 20-plus years in north London, but many feel the time is now right for him to move on at the end of an expiring contract.
The fans had earlier made their feelings clear during the week by crowdfunding an aeroplane to tow a banner reading ‘No Contract #Wenger Out’ during their Premier League match against West Brom.
The opening 25 minutes of television coverage from the Hawthorns was accompanied with the constant humming of planes flying overhead
— ArsenalFanTV (@ArsenalFanTV) March 18, 2017
But their message was undermined by the unexpected arrival of another aircraft towing a banner of support for the 67-year-old reading ‘In Arsene We Trust #RespectAW’.
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) March 18, 2017
Wenger reportedly has a two-year contract worth £8million-a-year on the table from Arsenal but a final decision on his future will not be made until the last days of the season.
Arsenal’s success in the FA Cup and in reaching the top four in the Premier League is likely to have a major impact on whether he signs or leaves.
After today’s defeat, Arsenal’s last three away games in the Premier league have all ended in a 3-1 loss
West Brom 3-1 Arsenal
Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
Chelsea 3-1 Arsenal
Arsenal fans reacted on Twitter and some were less than impressed with the protests before the game.
When you settle down to watch Forest vs Derby but realise West Brom vs Arsenal is the televised game. pic.twitter.com/zxrMVk2A9n
— bet365 (@bet365) March 18, 2017
I want change at The Arsenal as much as everyone else, but after that stupid, pathetic banner, I want Wenger to sign a new deal.
— Louise (@Lola_Lou16) March 18, 2017
Imagine thinking Wenger is now going to resign because you flew a banner in the sky 😂😂
— Jhanzeb Shaheen (@jhanzeb_shaheen) March 18, 2017
Hoping for a third banner with Alexis Sanchez’s dogs on it.
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) March 18, 2017