Arsenal fans blast players after Palace loss

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists he still retains the support of his players after they crashed to a dismal 3-0 defeat at struggling Crystal Palace on Monday.

Protests against Arsene Wenger have already been held outside the Emirates Stadium, while a plane carrying the message "No contract #WengerOut" was flown over the Hawthorns during the 3-1 defeat to West Brom.

Arsenal are now placed sixth and struggling to keep their record intact.

Now, the Frenchman's side are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with eight games remaining. Their Champions Trophy qualification is at risk now.

Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic scored for Palace, who were dominated the match and could have scored more goals.

And Arsenal's flops were forced to run the gauntlet after the match as they were each subjected to more abuse from waiting fans as they made their way from the away dressing-room to the team coach.

"I mean if you're not in the top four, are players like (Alexis) Sanchez and (Mesut) Ozil going to stay? After such a long time to see that we lose a game the way we lost it, is of course very disappointing", he said.

"I face it in every press conference at the moment but tonight I'm not in the mood to speak about it", he told the BBC. "They won more decisive duels than us".

Wenger has been under siege in recent weeks as angry Arsenal fans demanded his resignation and the calls for the Gunners boss to quit will grow even louder after one of the most chastening defeats of his 21-year reign. "I think [the fans] are extremely disappointed, and I can understand that, like we all are". It's really odd. We were unbeaten for a long time away from home, and now we can not win. All we can do is apologise for that performance tonight. "That's all I can say", he added. "Our performances have to be to that level, so we get safe and can start preparing for next season".

Mamadou Sakho, a center back on loan from Liverpool, was excellent for Palace in reading the crosses into the box, coming out to block shots and delivering the kind of towering overall display that was beyond Arsenal's defenders.

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