- West Brom have endured a disappointing run of results, collecting just 26 points from 35 rounds of matches
- Their 3-1 defeat to Arsenal meant they stand no realistic chance of surviving relegation
- Fulham are the other side who could join the Hawthorns to Championship, alongside Sheffield United who had long been relegated
West Bromwich Albion's slim hopes of surviving Premier League relegation have been ended following their heavy 3-1 defeat in the hands of Arsenal on Sunday, May 9.
The Gunners went into the clash off a disappointing exit from the Europa League in the hands of Villarreal in midweek.
The La Liga side condemned the north Londoners to a 2-1 aggregate defeat to end their dream of winning the European competition.
However, that did not stop them from securing a huge win against West Brom who have been battling relegation.
Emile Smith Rowe, Nicolas Pepe, and Willian all scored a goal each to render Matheu Pereira's 67th strike a mere consolation.
The Hawthorns were in dire need of a win to increase to mathematically stay in contention for a survival place having endured a disappointing run of results.
But having failed to get the better of Arsenal, it meant they stood no realistic chance of pulling the greatest escape as the defeat effectively confirmed their relegation.
The loss left them rooted in 19th with just 26 points, a massive 10 off safety with just three games to end the season.
This is the first time in the history of the Premier League that Sam Allardyce has been relegated, having managed to steer teams to safety in 17 different seasons.
While reacting to the development, the English tactician said he will be taking some time to reflect on the defeat. He said:
"It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m bitterly disappointed we’re not still in the fight.
“It’s too early to even consider. It’s about getting over the disappointment.”
West Brom now join Sheffield United who have already been relegated, with Fulham looking the likeliest candidates to join them.
Norwich City, meanwhile, are set for a return to the Premier League next season alongside Watford all of who have spent just a season in the Championship.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United came from one goal down to beat Aston Villa in an interesting Premier League clash at Villa Park on Sunday, May 9.
The match was the first of three league fixtures United have to play in a space of five days following the postponement of their Liverpool clash.