Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was bombarded with questions regarding his future after his side’s 3-0 defeat away to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday. However, Wenger mentioned that the defeat is a big worry and the team has to respond very quickly and not accept the disappointment.
Wenger avoided questions which dealt on his future at the Emirates Stadium. The French manager is under increasing pressure, but he decided to skip any questions about his Arsenal job.
“Every defeat is a big worry. I’ve managed over 1,100 games for Arsenal and we’re not used to that. It’s a big worry. Unfortunately it is like that and we have to respond very quickly and not accept it,” Wenger said to Sky Sports.
“I’m disappointed and determined to put things right. Tonight the worry is not me, it’s the fact we lost a big game and that’s a big worry.”
Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic scored for Palace in their surprising comfortable win against the Gunners. The Arsenal players looked hapless and their lackluster display agitated the Away fans at Selhurst Park.
Wenger understands fans’ dissapointment
Arsenal fans, who are already angry with Wenger, turned on the players after the disappointing performance. They chanted you’re not fit to wear the shirt. However, Wenger mentioned that he understood the supporter’s frustrations.
“I understand our fans are disappointed and we all are deeply tonight. It’s very worrying and disappointing the way we lost the game. Palace were sharp, they beat Chelsea the other day, and that shows they have quality,” Wenger mentioned.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are seven points behind fourth placed Manchester City. This season is the first under Wenger when the Gunners face a challenge qualifying for the Champions League. So, speaking on the chances of qualifying for Europe’s premier club competition, Wenger stressed that it will be difficult.
“It’s [going to be] very difficult. We are in a difficult position. The game tonight doesn’t help,” Wenger stated.
Wenger has lost the dressing room
Meanwhile, Theo Walcott, Arsenal forward stated after the game that Palace wanted it more. Hence, the body language of the 28-year-old has raised several questions regarding the players’ attitude towards wenger.
“I think they just wanted it more. You could tell they wanted it more. You could sense that from the kickoff,” Walcott said, as reported by Goal.com.
Theo Walcott’s poignant words after Arsenal’s fourth consecutive away defeat in the Premier League told more about the Gunners’ current state of affairs than the 28-year-old would have wanted to reveal.
However, Arsenal are 21 points behind Chelsea, 14 points behind Tottenham. The Gunners have suffered another Champions League last-16 exit (seven years in a row now.) Hence, the current season is Wenger’s worst season as the manager of the Gunners.
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