Wenger avoids Future talks after another humiliating defeat against Crystal Palace

Despite the "damaging" 0-3 defeat against Crystal Palace, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger remains hopeful of staging a comeback, saying he is determined to put things right.

It all leaves Wenger's entire 21-year tenure at the club largely hinging on the last eight Premier League games of the season and then also an FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City. Tonight wasn't us. We're very disappointed and have let the fans down.

Large sections of Arsenal's support ended the night with a chorus of "Arsene Wenger, we want you to go" and "you're not fit to wear the shirt" - with protests against the 67-year-old likely to ramp up.

Goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic gave Palace three crucial points in their bid to avoid the drop to English football's second tier, while denting Arsenal's hope to secure the qualification for the Champions League.

"I felt that we created quite risky situations but defensively we were exposed at times and offensively we couldn't finish", Wenger said.

Indeed, while the pair are Arsenal's most talented players-and Sanchez can probably still lay claim to being their best player this season-their recent displays have been disappointing.

"Two of the hardest teams are out of the way - Chelsea and Arsenal - and we beat them both. We are in a hard position". Before this, Palace managed to win only one of the 15 Premier games against the Gunners.

Former England striker Gary Lineker said on Twitter: "Can't see Arsene Wenger announcing his new contract this week".

"Four games on the bounce conceding three in all of them, putting in a performance like that".

"It's [going to be] very hard", he said. "In the second half they came out strong and scored again".

Wenger would not comment on his future, insisting his focus is the team and they must act fast.

Most of the players were abused at the end of the game and the team coach was surrounded by angry fans as the team left Selhurst Park.

"We all did and that's not Arsenal at all". It's really odd ... we were unbeaten for a long time away from home and now we can not win away from home.

"They were sharper than us in many decisive situations".

"I face it in every press conference at the moment but tonight I'm not in the mood to speak about it", he said after the match.

  • Salvatore Jensen