Dawson double sinks Gunners
Two goals from Craig Dawson, both direct from corners, added to Arsenal's woes as West Brom won 3-1 at the Hawthorns.
The Dawson brace plus another from Hal Robson-Kanu, his first touch after coming on as a substite, gave the Baggies a notable victory, Alexis Sanchez giving the visitors hope after equalising in the first half.
With their 10-2 aggregate Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich still fresh in the memory, pressure continues to grow on Arsene Wenger and he was to find no joy at the Hawthorns, his team falling to a costly defeat as they chase a top four place in the Premier League.
Albion took the lead on 12 minutes with another set-piece, Dawson getting on the end of a Nacer Chadli corner and nodding past Petr Cech. That was Albion's 13th goal from a corner this season.
However the lead was short-lived, the Gunners replying inside two minutes, Sanchez taking advantage of poor marking to take a pass from Granit Xhaka and fire home.
Arsenal lost Cech to injury towards the end of the first half, with David Ospina replacing him in goal.
So the sides were level at 1-1 at half-time but Albion made a change on 55 minutes Salomon Rondon being replaced by Robson-Kanu and the striker's first touch was a goal, tapping the ball home despite Arsenal complaints that James McClean was in an offside position and interfering with play.
Wenger made a change of his own, replacing Theo Walcott with Olivier Giroud and almost saw an equaliser, Danny Welbeck hitting the woodwork.
However, with quarter of an hour remaining Dawson made the game safe, scoring his second and again from a corner, heading the ball past Ospina.
That was the final score and, with all their top four rivals still to play over the weekend, the Gunners remain fifth but could lose further ground on their closest rivals.
Wenger's side are next in action after the international break on 2nd April; when they are at home to Manchester City.
Arsenal are 19/10, Pep Guardiola's side are 7/5 with the draw priced at 11/4.
The teams meet again in an FA Cup semi-final later the same month with Arsene Wenger is 9/4 to win another trophy while Guardiola is 8/1 to win the first silverware of his time in England.
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