West Bromwich Albion was relegated after losing to Arsenal 3-1. West Brom arrived at the Emirates Stadium needing a win to maintain their slim hopes of beating the drop. But they were 2-0 down just past the half-hour mark thanks to well-taken goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe. Matheus Pereira pulled one back in the 67th minute after running the length of the Arsenal half. But Willian’s 90th-minute free-kick, his first goal for Arsenal, confirmed West Brom’s fate one season after they were promoted.
Defeat meant Baggies boss Sam Allardyce had suffered the first Premier League relegation of his managerial career.
“It’s not sunk in yet, but I’m sure I’ll wake up tomorrow and realize the situation,” Allardyce told BT Sport.
“I’m bitterly disappointed we’re not still in the fight,” added the ex-England boss, who replaced the sacked Slaven Bilic in December with West Brom just one place off the bottom.
“Our real problem was not beating the bottom-six sides when we came up against them. The results against Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City should have been bonus points.”
Victory for Arsenal came just days after they failed to reach the Europa League final following a lackluster goalless draw against a Villarreal side managed by former Gunners boss Unai Emery.
“We needed that win,” said Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta. “It has been a while since we won at home.”
Across London, West Ham was rocked by Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 24th-minute goal.
The Hammers are now five points behind fourth-placed Leicester with three games to play.
Eighth-placed Everton remains in the hunt for Europa League qualification.
Brighton blew a chance to secure their survival in a dramatic 2-1 defeat at Wolves.
The Seagulls took the lead in the 13th minute when Lewis Dunk headed in Pascal Gross’ corner in a match Brighton needed to win to be sure of avoiding relegation.
But Brighton captain Dunk was sent off in the 53rd minute after he pulled back Fabio Silva.
Wolves equalized in the 76th minute through Adama Traore and Morgan Gibbs-White won it in the 90th minute with his first Premier League goal.
Brighton’s Neal Maupay was sent off for foul and abusive language after the final whistle.
The Seagulls are 10 points above the relegation zone, with third-bottom Fulham, who has four games left, playing Burnley on Monday.
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