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Total annihilation as Crystal Palace routs Arsenal 3-0

Total annihilation as Crystal Palace routs Arsenal 3-0

Furious Arsenal fans chanted "Arsene Wenger we want you to go", while his players weren't spared either as "you're not fit to wear the shirt" rang around Selhurst Park.

His out of sorts side were put to the sword by a Palace outfit fighting for their lives, with former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend opening the scoring before Yohan Cabaye added the second and Luka Milivojevic wrapped things up from the penalty spot.

With Wenger's record of leading Arsenal into the Champions League for 19 consecutive years in severe danger, the beleaguered Frenchman acknowledged he has to find a way to avoid the mutinous mood wrecking what may yet prove to be his final season in charge.

The England worldwide 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.

Arsenal were once again captained by Theo Walcott and, after hearing the displeasure from their own supporters, the England global conceded things are just are not good enough at present.

Arsenal remain 6th in the league, seven points adrift of 4th place, while Crystal Palace remain in 16th position, although they are now six point clear of the relegation zone.

Wenger has admitted that it is going to be hard for his side to finish in the top four, and hinted that he and his team have never felt defeat quite like the one against the Eagles. It's very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game.

His passing game also suffered: he failed to complete as many as 20 passes in the 90 minutes, created only one chance and did not complete any of his four attempted crosses. And they fact they went out of the Champions League 10-2 [on aggregate] to Bayern Munich, that just goes to show the quality of the player that Arsenal are putting onto the field'. "And of course it is a big worry".

"I'm deeply disappointed because the performance we produced was not good enough", Wenger told Arsenal.com. "We have to respond very quickly and not accept it", he said. "It's a big worry".

He said: "That's two great victories in such a short space of time which you don't expect".

At this moment in time, Spurs are second in the table on 68 points from their 31 matches, 14 points ahead of the Gunners, who have a game in hand.


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