If Arsene Wenger had to envisage a nightmare game for Arsenal, it would probably go something along the lines of their trip to West Brom this afternoon.
A 3-1 defeat. A plane with ‘No New Contract – #WengerOut’ flying over the stadium. An injury to Petr Cech.
To make matters worse, star man Alexis Sanchez was forced off in the second half.
It wasn’t immediately clear that he was injured, with the travelling contingent meeting Wenger’s decision to substitute the Chilean with chants of “you don’t know what you’re doing”.
However, the forward did need to come off. He stayed on until his side were 3-1 down, but Wenger has admitted that he kept him on for some time knowing he had taken a knock.
“We lost Cech on a calf problem and Sanchez stayed on injured but was not himself in the second-half so I took him off,” he told reporters.
“His ankle doesn’t look good.”
If Le Professeur is doing his best to make himself look ridiculous, then he’s doing a good job.
And if Sanchez now faces a long spell on the sidelines because of the manager’s negligence in not bringing him off sooner, it could have dire consequences for what’s left- if there is anything – of Arsenal’s season.