Wenger admits Palace were more physical in Selhurst Park humiliation

A humiliating three-nil defeat to Cyrstal Palace faded Arsenal's top-four hopes as they were pushed to sixth place in the Premier League points table earlier today.

The result to London rivals Palace, who are fighting against relegation, was their fourth consecutive away Premier League defeat as the Gunners fell seven points behind in the chase for the fourth Champions League place. "I think the first-half was quite level and then they come out in the second-half stronger than us and we were a bit unfortunate I think on the second goal, and on the third goal it was a penalty that killed our game".

Wenger told the club's official website: "I'm deeply disappointed because the performance we produced was not good enough". We played with a desire to win the game tonight, with a very offensive team because we knew we had to score goals.

"It's very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game".

Arsenal's furious fans turned on Arsene Wenger and his players as they were humiliated at Crystal Palace on Monday night.

With many supporters again demanding Wenger resign, the toxic atmosphere around the north Londoners boiled over as fans refused to give the ball back to Gunners right-back Hector Bellerin when it went into the away section in the second half. Their goalkeeper (Wayne Hennessey) took the free-kicks from half-way, so it was up to us to combat that and win.

"Benteke was up for it and he was a handful". I think most people would say he should go out the door. We had a lot of the ball, a lot of possession. That dressing room is lost.

And of their top four chances, he said: "Very hard, because this evening, we did a very bad operation given everyone won at the weekend". We knew what would face us.

"Honestly, I am disappointed", he said after the match, according to Sportskeeda. Palace were sharp, they beat Chelsea the other day, and that shows they have quality. The team and manager Arsene Wenger were heavily criticized after the loss on Monday, as the side that Wenger put out looked lackadaisical, and were run over by a team that is fighting for survival.

"Palace just wanted it more. But, judging on that performance tonight, it looks like we have".

  • Julie Sanders