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Walcott says Arsenal let down Wenger as well as the fans

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and team-mates appear dejected after the Premier League match at Selhurst Park Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and team-mates appear dejected after the Premier League match at Selhurst Park
Spencer Simpson | 17 April, 2017, 01:03

Arsene Wenger insisted it would be "inconvenient" to discuss his future as Arsenal manager despite admitting that the Gunners now face an uphill struggle to make the Premier League's top four.

"Two of the hardest teams are out of the way - Chelsea and Arsenal - and we beat them both".

Understandably, the club's fans have vented their frustration on many platforms, chanting to the players: "You're not fit to wear the shirt".

Former striker Ian Wright led the condemnation of Arsenal's performance in their embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace, saying: "At least I tried". Results are not what they want, that is for sure. Defensively they leave [Shkodran] Mustafi and Gabriel exposed and they're left on their own so we can get in their box and get chances.

And, the 80-year-old, speaking exclusively to Goal, maintains that Arsenal fans have no right to call for Wenger's head, and blames the intense pressure on the fanbase's inflated sense of importance. I spent many years over there so my heart is white and red. "They have some rules in the dressing room, they put me to shoot and I took responsibility". It is such an incredible club.

And of their top four chances, he said: "Very hard, because this evening, we did a very bad operation given everyone won at the weekend".

"If you look ahead to the FA Cup semi-final, that could be a bigger game because of the opponent and putting the top four to one side, losing that could have a bigger impact on the future of Wenger". It is up to them.

From the outside it seems remarkable that Wenger can't see why it wouldn't be a good idea to stay on past the summer when his contract expires.

He added: "Arsenal didn't have a shot on target in the second half and our defensive solidarity gives us the platform to win football matches".

Flamini made 246 appearances over two spells at Arsenal but is now concentrated on helping to keep Palace in the top-flight. We played with a desire to win the game tonight, with a very offensive team because we knew we had to score goals. Of course the confidence was high. "You come here with the hope of winning the game". "From the start onwards, in the decisive moments of the game, they were sharper".

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