Arsenal boss Wenger admits to 'painful' loss at Crystal Palace

Arsene Wenger is facing renewed calls to resign after Arsenal's miserable season spiralled out of control in a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and a Luka Milivojevic penalty secured a priceless three points for the hosts and all but destroyed Arsenal's hopes of yet another top four finish. We were very disappointed in that dressing room, like the fans are as well because we've let them down tonight. "It's a big worry".

"The fact that we've lost a few away games: it's really unusual".

"I think that we had the opportunities to score goals and tonight tactically the players were aware of what had to happen to beat Arsenal", a delighted Allardyce told Sky Sports. "It was more painful for us to lose this game in the way we lost it". "It's damaging of course but top four is hard for us, it is a hard defeat and it has consequences on our chances to be in the top four".

Palace's first home win over Arsenal since 1979 left their London rivals in sixth place, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

Former striker Ian Wright led the condemnation of Arsenal's performance, saying: "At least I tried".

After the break, Hennessey did not even face a shot on target as Arsenal suffered a fourth straight away defeat for the first time under Wenger.

"It's a hard defeat, but on top of that it has consequences on our chances to be in the top four".

The latest Selhurst Park cult hero said he would not argue with Benteke the next time Palace are awarded a spot-kick though, adding: "For me, if he wants to shoot, no problem!"

However, 11 years later, he's Arsenal's captain for a must-win game.

Reports suggest Arsenal are now putting off a decision on the Frenchman's future until the end of the season when they will reassess the situation.

"I'm disappointed and determined to put things right".

Wenger's blind loyalty in Walcott, and other underperforming players - we're looking at you, Granit Xhaka - has come back to haunt him.

"Tonight the worry is not me".

Arsenal tried to bounce back but failed to find the back of the net. Where we said afterwards, "The Chelsea players have chucked it for Jose Mourinho".

  • Julie Sanders