Hard To See Things Improving for Wenger at Arsenal

Ross Houston
April 17, 2017

Arsene Wenger admitted he is anxious about Arsenal's top-four chances after another poor performance saw them comfortably beaten 3-0 by Crystal Palace on Monday.

Some Gunners fans at Selhurst Park again called for Wenger to leave the club and they also let the players know what they thought of them with a chorus of " you're not fit to wear the shirt.

I think more of them want change.

"I think they just wanted it more", he added.

"I'm disappointed and determined to put things right", Wenger said. I've managed over 1,000 games and we are not used to this, it's a big worry.

Crystal Palace had left Arsenal struggling to maintain their run of top-four finishes under Wenger. "When you are a big club you want to win every game, so that is normal". After such a long time, to see that we've lost a game the way we've lost it is of course very disappointing. And we lost many direct duels and second balls because they were sharper than us in the duels, and more decisive.

The Eagles won at Chelsea a little over a week ago and manager Sam Allardyce reckons they are now closing in on safety.

But after his display against Arsenal on Monday, there could be hope yet for the 26-year-old. In the last 20 consecutive seasons, they have finished in top four.

Former striker Ian Wright led the condemnation of Arsenal's performance in their embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace, saying: "At least I tried".

"The last eight games, regardless of results, would just be a celebration for a fantastic career to this football club but not knowing is causing problems and issues for fans, as it is maybe for players".

"No I wouldn't say that", he said. Hopefully we haven't been dragged straight back into it, but judging on that performance tonight, it looks like we have. The two victories were such great victories, in such a short space of time, but it was well deserved.

Looking shell-shocked and far less defiant than he often is at such downbeat moments, Wenger must have been devastated by the way the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Theo Walcott went missing when he needed them most.

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