My future not affecting players - Wenger after

"We can only apologise." .

And now it seems the Gunners boss is losing support at boardroom level, with Emirates Stadium bosses divided on whether they want to him to stay beyond this season. Walcott was again captain for the night and his focus was not only of the Gunners' poor showing, but how this came across to their fans.

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

The England global claimed Sam Allardyce's men "wanted it more" and that "you could sense that from the kick-off", while also saying "that wasn't us tonight" after letting the fans down. "I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are", he said. "Every defeat is a big worry". We have to respond.

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

"It hurts me to say that because I like Arsene Wenger".

"We don't go out there to lose games, we work the best we can". It would be inconvenient for me to speak about me.

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".

Sixth-placed Arsenal are seven points off the top four with eight games left.

Arsenal Supporters' Trust announced that the club have said that no deal is on the table, despite reports to the contrary. Palace just wanted it more. We felt we had gotten out of that little patch, and hopefully we haven't been dragged right back into it. "But, judging on that performance tonight, it looks like we have".

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. For a long time we were unbeaten away but since we lost a few we don't have the confidence. There's this thing of losing tonight and where it leaves you for top four.

"Sam Allardyce has been incredible". We had comments as well and we did get it independently looked at by a company who identified respect for Arsene Wenger.

  • Julie Sanders