West Brom received yet another thrashing as their miserable season continued at the hands of Arsenal at the Hawthorns on Saturday night.
The chances of Sam Allardyce keeping the Baggies up is looking worse and worse by the week, so his impressive record of never having a relegation on his lengthy CV is surely in serious jeopardy.
Albion have now been mauled in three of their four matches under the 66-year-old – they were well-beaten by arch-rivals Villa 3-0 and last time out they were walloped 5-0 by Leeds United.
Now the Gunners have come to the Midlands and stuck another four goals past them.
They now have the worst defensive record in the league, comfortably, having leaked a whopping 39 goals in 17 games – some six attempts more than the next.
Many supporters were quick to criticise Romaine Sawyers’ performance, and whilst he may well not be up to the standard of the Premier League, there were other players who were more at fault for this capitulation.
One claimed that the 28-year-old wouldn’t even get into his old Walsall team, another accused him of not passing forwards, whilst there was even a suggestion that the midfielder shirked any responsibility.
Although the statistics say otherwise, SofaScore handed him a 6.6 rating, which was better than five other Baggies players.
Dara O’Shea was heavily involved in the game from an Albion perspective, recording a squad-high 79 touches, more than the likes of Conor Gallagher and Matheus Pereira.
Yet, he was rather lightweight and wasteful with the ball – he lost possession a match-high 26 times, made just 58% of his 48 passing attempts, and was dribbled past on one occasion, via SofaScore.
The 21-year-old Irishman is still relatively inexperienced, especially at this level, so it’s no wonder that Mikel Arteta opted to target him through the inclusion of Bukayo Saka on the right flank.
Perhaps if Albion weren’t down to the barebones heading into January, then O’Shea would benefit from a loan spell away to gain more experience.
But he was trusted to start at left-back over Lee Peltier and the vastly-experienced Matty Phillips, so he has badly betrayed his manager’s faith here too.
He was one of many who were abysmal on Saturday night.