Five talking points from the weekend – 20/03/17

Five talking points from the weekend – 20/03/17

Five talking points from the weekend – 20/03/17

More issues for Wenger as Arsenal lose to West Bromwich Albion

The pressure is mounting more by the second for Arsene Wenger, as his poor run of games for Arsenal have seen a greater number of fans see his dismissal as the best possible outcome. It started when they flew out of the Champions League through two consecutive 5-1 defeats to Bayern Munich but the situation has just got continually harder to fix for the French manager, with their last game looking like the straw that broke the camel’s back, as The Gunners fell to a devastating 3-1 loss away to Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion. They went behind first before frustrated winger Alexis Sanchez, who has been reportedly against the idea of signing a new contract, responded to take the game to a draw. The second half saw two more goals from The Baggies though, leaving even more strain on Wenger.

Arsene Wenger banners were on display at The Hawthorns including one flown over the ground on a plane

Leicester win first four games under Craig Shakespeare

Following the controversial sacking of last season’s league winner Claudio Ranieri, Leicester City have been going through several games with Craig Shakespeare in charge of the team until the end of the season. Lots of fans were unconvinced by the thought of the appointment but it’s turned out to be a strong decision by the club, as he’s led The Foxes to four wins in four games. The most impressive of those results was when they came back from being behind against Sevilla to beat them in the Champions League, moving through to the quarter finals in incredible style. His most recent game had them defeating West Ham United at the London Stadium by three goals to two, dominating throughout and showing hints of last season’s form.

Star striker Jamie Vardy looks back to his best since the appointment of Craig Shakespeare

Leeds United make a big statement with win over Brighton

In one of the biggest remaining games of the Championship season, Garry Monk’s fourth place Leeds United hosted Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion, who are close to overtaking Newcastle United’s top place position in the table. Despite Leeds United going through a positive few months which have seen them look capable of a promotion push in the play-offs, it was a big surprise to see them defeat The Seagulls, with key forward Chris Wood securing both goals for the side. It makes a big difference to them as they’re now two points off Huddersfield Town and eight points off moving into Brighton’s position, where they were seal an even more desirable automatic promotion to the Premier League. With all the shocks leading up to the remaining few weeks of the season, it’s hard to predict what’s possible.

New Zealand striker Chris Wood has twenty-seven goals over all competitions this season

Controversy as Manchester United breeze past Middlesbrough

Jose Mourinho has led Manchester United to some strong form over the last few months, but there were lots of question marks over their last victory away to managerless Middlesborough. The Red Devils were ahead by two goals before Rudy Gestede sealed a well-organised reply, but the game then turned on its head as Eric Bailly was seen moving towards a frustrated Gestede, where it looked like the Ivorian went to bite him. The decision to avoid booking him by the referee gave way to a counter-attack which saw Mourinho’s side scoring a third goal to win the game. It’s unsure as to whether or not that is the case, but it doesn’t look good for United after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also recently banned for aggressive behaviour. As Bailly wasn’t booked, he could be punished by the FA if they see his strange actions as being similar to Luis Suarez’s in past years, who was in hot water after he did the same to Branislav Ivanovic. What made it worse for Boro is that they have been languishing in the relegation zone and, without a manager at the helm, their situation is worsening by the minute, with plenty of worry going on at the Riverside.

Rudy Gestede has been reportedly playing down the bite, but the FA might not take it so well

Wolves shock Fulham with win at Craven Cottage

It’s been an exciting season in the Championship, with a massive tussle for a finish in the play-offs between several clubs. Slavisa Jokanovic’s Fulham have looked to be a strong outside to finish in the top six but their last game had another twist in their path, as they were defeated by three goals to one by relegation-threatened Wolverhampton Wanderers. The game was played at Craven Cottage, where Fulham tend to be a tough side to take on, but saw Ivan Cavaleiro scored after thirty-four minutes. Andi Weimann then doubled their lead after the break, which saw Fulham finally react through Denis Odoi before veteran midfielder David Edwards finished off the game with a strike of his own.

Wolves’ best win under Paul Lambert came away to Liverpool in the FA Cup, where they won 2-1

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