Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Pundits, former players slam Arsene Wenger after humiliating loss to Crystal Palace

Pundits, former players slam Arsene Wenger after humiliating loss to Crystal Palace

Including embarrassing back to back 5-1 defeats to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and last nights 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League surely enough conformation that the club is in a state of complete anarchy.

Andros Townsend put The Eagles ahead after 17 minutes and more goals came from Yohan Cabaye and new signing Luka Milivojevic in the second half. It was the north London club's fourth straight away defeat where they have conceded three goals on every occasion.

"The biggest thing would be letting the fans down", Walcott said in his post-match interview.

"All we can do is apologise for that performance tonight I think they just wanted it more".

Wenger refused to reveal what he told his players in the dressing room, but acknowledged that his side's top-four hopes have been dealt a major blow. "Everything worked perfectly for us today", said Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce.

"You could tell they wanted it more".

Arsene Wenger's side are now seven points off the top four with a game in hand.

"All we can do is apologize", Arsenal winger Theo Walcott said. It's really odd. We were unbeaten for a long time away from home, and now we can not win.

"It looks like the Arsenal players have chucked it".

Walcott embodies nearly everything that has been wrong about Wenger's second decade as Arsenal manager.

"I have managed over a thousand games for Arsenal Football Club and we are not used to that and it's a big worry". I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are.

"We don't go out there to lose games, we work the best we can".

"I wouldn't say that (my players didn't give 100%)", Wenger said.

For Palace, this was another massive step to retaining their Premier League status and was a fifth victory in six games.

With eight games left there is time for Arsenal to turn it around but they still have to play rejuvenated Leicester, Manchester United, Everton, Southampton and Sunderland - as well as trips to Stoke and bitter rivals Tottenham.

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