Wenger must choose successor, says Arsenal shareholder

But Micky Gray told Jim White on talkSPORT Arsenal should look closer to home, and focus their attentions on hiring Palace boss Allardyce as Wenger's successor.

"It is hard for me to comment from the outside what is happening with Arsenal", said Flamini, who spoke to Wenger and numerous Arsenal team afterwards.

"Football is my priority, we've got goals using the team to achieve the Champions League".

It's been clear for a number of weeks that the players no longer believe in their manager, uttering inane platitudes to the press about how they owe so much to the gaffer, but then wandering aimlessly around the pitch, disorganised and disinterested. "You could sense that from the kick-off", Theo Walcott, Arsenal's stand-in captain, said.

Arsenal had 72% possession against Palace but they did very little with it and failed to register a shot on target in the second half. At the moment I pay more respect to the fact we had a disappointing result.

That was the worst Arsenal performance that I have had the displeasure in watching in many many years.

Arsenal, who face Crystal Palace on Monday night, are seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City with two games in hand.

Carragher slammed Arsenal for their failure to challenge for the title consistently over the last five to six years.

He said: "From top to bottom the club is not right".

GS: But why do you think you were unable to change things? I've managed over 1 000 games and we are not used to this, it's a big worry.

He had led Arsenal to top-four finishes in each of his previous 20 seasons at the helm.

He then added:"But I can not go on forever after a game like that, I'm disappointed and determined to put things right".

Asked about the hostile reaction of the Arsenal supporters to the defeat, Wenger said: "I understand our fans are disappointed and we all are deeply tonight".

Wenger expressed his disappointment after the defeat to Palace, saying they fell flat in what he deemed a "must-win" game.

Arsenal are not only failing by both the fans' standards and Wenger's own standards, but they are perfecting the art of failing while playing terrible football - like David Moyes' Manchester United and Roy Hodgson's Liverpool.

  • Julie Sanders