Arsenal players are 'cowards' - Carragher

The long-standing Gunners boss has seen his position come under renewed scrutiny following a damaging 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, which further dented Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

Palace striker Christian Benteke then had a goal ruled out for offside before Cabaye's superb curled effort and Milivojevic's penalty in five second-half minutes completed a miserable night for Wenger at a raucous Selhurst Park.

Sections of Arsenal's supporters were critical of their team as they again chanted for Wenger to leave, but the manager again refused to clarify whether he would be staying beyond the end of the season.

Following last night's defeat he said: "I face it in every press conference at the moment but tonight I'm not in the mood to speak about it".

The 33-year-old is quoted by Sky Sports News as saying: "It is painful because I am still an Arsenal fan".

The Spaniard went to applaud the travelling support at full-time, but was noticeably booed before he trudged back to the dressing room. "You could tell they wanted it more and you could sense that from kick-off".

What's more, the result leaves Wenger's side seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City, with eight games remaining.

"I think we had the opportunities to score goals, and I think that tonight tactically was the players being aware of what had to happen to beat Arsenal". Wenger took over the following season and the Frenchman recently celebrated 20 years at the helm.

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

"We are in a hard position". I've managed over 1,100 games for Arsenal and we're not used to that. "We knew we had to win the game tonight".

Former England forward and Sportsmail columnist Chris Sutton believes Arsenal need to replace Arsene Wenger. We had comments as well and we did get it independently looked at by a company who identified respect for Arsene Wenger.

  • Julie Sanders