Arsenal's top-four hopes suffer major blow with 3-0 Palace loss

Arsenal's hopes of finishing in the Premier League top-four suffered a huge blow as it crashed to a humiliating 3-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace on Monday.

"All we can do is apologize for that performance", Arsenal's Theo Walcott said after Arsenal fans had sung "You're not fit to wear the shirt" at their players.

On the night, Andros Townsend opened the scoring whilst Yohan Cabaye swept in a sweet second half strike to double the Eagles' lead, with Townsend winning a penalty despatched by Luka Milivojevic. "I think it would be inconvenient to speak about me tonight, it's more painful to lose the game like the way we lost this one", Wenger said in the press conference. We have conversations - but the performances now - that last night, you would call that an inept performance.

Arsenal remain sixth in the table but are now closer to Palace in 16th place than they are to Premier League leaders Chelsea. We played with a desire to win the game tonight, with a very offensive team because we knew we had to score goals. We need to respond and that's only going to come from hard work at training.

On his own future, Wenger said: "I'm disappointed and determined to put things right". But I understand the frustration of fans because they are such a big club and they want their team winning.

And when pressed further on why he was unable to change things after half-time he replied shortly: "I just told you, they won more decisive duels than us". It's really odd ... we were unbeaten for a long time away from home and now we can not win away from home.

Arsenal are facing an uphill battle to secure a top-four finish after succumbing to a chastening 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace. "It was an incredible victory", said Townsend.

Wenger praised Palace striker Christian Benteke who continued his impressive form by causing Arsenal's vulnerable defence a handful of problems.

Wenger and his squad were targeted for more abuse when they made their way from the dressing room to the team bus.

"Arsenal have been weak defensively, they leave the centre-backs exposed".

  • Julie Sanders