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Wenger admits Palace were more physical in Selhurst Park humiliation

Arsene Wenger GETTY Arsene Wenger has yet to sign a contract extrension
Montrelle Montesinos | 12 Abril, 2017, 18:55

Arsene Wenger admitted it will be "very difficult" for Arsenal to finish in the top four after Monday's 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace, but said it would be "inconvenient" to talk about his own future in the wake of such a disappointing result.

Andros Townsend put Palace one up on 17 minutes and two goals midway through the second-half then killed off the visitors, the first from a Yohan Cabaye shot and the second from Luka Milivojevic's firmly-struck penalty as the Eagles moved six points clear of the relegation zone.

"Every defeat is a big worry". I've managed over 1,000 games and we are not used to this, it's a big worry.

"We have to respond very quickly and not accept it".

"The biggest thing is letting the fans down tonight". In the last 20 consecutive seasons, they have finished in top four.

"I think the weaknesses of Arsenal have been defensive, because they leave (Shkodran) Mustafi and Gabriel really exposed", he said.

Wenger continued: "We played with a desire to win the game with an offensive team".

As well as a terrible run of form which has seen Arsenal drop out of the Premier League title picture and face an uphill battle to finish in the top four, there has also been a backdrop of protests over Wenger's future.

The Gunners are now sixth in the EPL - seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

Furious away fans taunted Arsenal's misfiring players with chants of "You're not fit to wear the shirt!" and barracked Wenger and his squad as they boarded the team bus after the match.

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

Overmars (pictured above), who played under Wenger at Arsenal, now holds the director of football role at Ajax in his native Holland.

"They were sharper than us in many decisive situations". We all know Arsenal are going through their worst spell for years, but the only way to take advantage is by playing well.

The Gunners won a mere 21% of their tackles at Selhurst Park - down 18% on their Premier League season average. A change of manager would improve the current crop because it looks like they've given up on Wenger.

Arsenal remain sixth in the table but are now closer to Palace in 16th place than they are to Premier League leaders Chelsea.

He then added:"But I can not go on forever after a game like that, I'm disappointed and determined to put things right".