Wenger faces more criticism as Gunners’ slump continues
WEST BROM 3, ARSENAL 1
Arsene Wenger is teasing out the decision on his Arsenal future. Some fans will be satisfied only if there is a new manager next season — especially after Arsenal slumped to a fourth loss in five Premier League games.
“I know what I do,” Wenger said after Saturday’s 3-1 loss at West Bromwich Albion in London that saw another wave of fan protests.
But Wenger isn’t saying whether his reign will be extended into a 22nd season or even whether Arsenal wants him to stay.
“I don’t worry,” he said. “I know what I will do in my future, so you will soon know.”
Craig Dawson headed in two corners for West Brom to help leave Arsenal five points shy of Champions League qualification.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, first-place Chelsea beat host Stoke, 2-1, for its fifth straight win.
Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Robert Huth scored for Leicester in a 3-2 win over West Ham in London that moved the defending champions six points clear of the relegation zone.
Romelu Lukaku scored twice to lead Everton to a 4-0 win over Hull; Crystal Palace got an own goal to earn a 1-0 win over Watford; Bournemouth beat Swansea, 2-0, for its first back-toback wins in a year; and Sunderland and Burnley finished in a scoreless draw.
MLS: Josef Martinez scored twice in the second half, pushing his league-leading total to five, and expansion Atlanta United won its second straight, defeating the visiting Chicago Fire, 4-0.
In Vancouver, Victor Vazquez and Jozy Altidore scored four minutes apart late in the second half to lead Toronto FC past the host Whitecaps, 2-0.
Dominic Oduro’s goal midway through the second half lifted the Montreal Impact to a 1-1 draw with host New York City FC.
Cyle Larin scored twice, including the winner in the 73rd minute, to lift host Orlando City SC to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union.
Maximiliano Urruti scored in the 71st and 77th minutes to lead host FC Dallas to a 2-1 comeback win over the New England Revolution.
Sporting Kansas City benefited from an own goal in the 89th minute to beat the visiting San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1.
Marlon Hairston scored the equalizer in the 59th minute, helping the Colorado Rapids earn a 2-2 draw with Minnesota United FC in Commerce City, Colo.
David Romney and Emmanuel Boateng scored five minutes apart in the second half, sending the L.A. Galaxy to a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah.
SPAIN: Cristiano Ronaldo turned into Real Madrid’s playmaker by setting up two goals to beat Athletic Bilbao, 2-1, in Barcelona and keeping Real Madrid on track to reclaim the La Liga title.
Madrid, which hasn’t won the league since 2012, leads secondplace Barcelona by five points and has a game in hand.