Arsenal Defeat To Crystal Palace Worries Arsene Wenger

Goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic inflicted a fourth straight away league defeat on Arsenal - for the first time during Wenger's 21-season reign. I think more of them want change. We played with a desire to win the game tonight, with a very offensive team because we knew we had to score goals.

The Frenchman was keen to highlight how his side heavily dominated possession in the London derby, enjoying 72% of the ball and completing 525 passes to the Eagles' 153.

"We probably need another three points but as each game comes we have to try and keep the points up". And I'm sure there'll be a lot of money spent on it. 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.

Arsenal were so limp for long periods at Selhurst Park that the club's former star striker Ian Wright claimed Wenger had lost the backing of his squad.

The former Tottenham man enjoyed his goal and, while like Flamini his focus in on Palace, the 25-year-old admits he would like to see Spurs finish above their north London rivals.

When it works, it's easy on the eye and in terms of keeping Arsenal within the Top Four of English football and reaching the Champions League knockout stages, it has been effective prior to this season. The defeat to Palace leaves Arsenal in sixth place, seven points behind Manchester City in fourth.

"This acceptance of top four has spread throughout the club".

That of course is a stereotype and their approach is a little more nuanced than that at times, although the rule generally applies somewhat accurately.

"Every defeat is a big worry".

That is not the news that a growing number of Arsenal supporters want to hear, and they will undoubtedly continue to voice their displeasure with the club between now and the end of the season but it remains to be seen if if makes any difference.

"Pathetic to see a once-proud victor like Wenger reduced to this losing limpet".

"I just think, from top to bottom this club is not right", he said.

"Honestly, I am disappointed tonight". "I have taken charge of more than 1,100 matches with Arsenal, and when you lose a match like this one, it's a real defeat, and I understand their disappointment".