Arsene Wenger continues to set rotten recordsby Jack Kitson / 11 April 2017, 11:22Tweet
In the aftermath of Arsenal’s shambolic 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace the under-fire Arsene Wenger sprouted out one of the understatements of the season, proclaiming that the rotten result was “a big worry”.
It certainly is Arsene.
The lacklustre loss extended Arsenal’s Premier League losing streak on the road to four matches - a record under Wenger - leaving the confidence-crushed club two places and seven points adrift of the top-4 with eight games to go.
Arsenal have now been defeated in five of their last eight matches, conceding three in four of the last seven games, meaning they’ve now leaked in 39 goals this season, which is more than 19th-placed Middlesbrough.
To put that in perspective in the club’s 1998/99 title winning season they shipped just 17 goals in 38 games.
But, while Wenger is taking the heat, Theo Walcott’s bizarre post-match comment highlights the shockingly poor attitude of some members of that dressing room:
"Palace just wanted it more. You could sense that from the kick-off.”
What a comment to make from the skipper, who had zero impact during the game.
“You’re not fit to wear the shirt” was bellowed out at Selhurst park by the Arsenal fans, while the home contingent were heard chanting: "Arsene Wenger we want you to stay".
Fans expect players to give it their all, at the very least, but the fact that Arsenal didn’t even turn up to such an important match just sums up their struggles at the moment.
The fact that it was Wenger's old foe, Sam Allardyce, who was in the opposing dugout must have been a bitter pill to swallow for the Frenchman.
In his autobiography Allardyce previously said this about Wenger:
"I enjoyed beating Arsenal more than anyone when I was in charge at Bolton. We'd really got to them and Arsene Wenger hated us.
"We drew with them or beat them more often than expected and Wenger couldn't handle it. There was one time he wouldn't shake hands with me at Highbury because we got a draw.
"I saw him ripping his tie off and throwing it on the floor in anger. He takes it all very personally and has an air of arrogance."
Big Sam will no doubt be loving life after Monday night’s result, which propelled a rejuvenated Palace six points clear of the relegation zone, but even he will be feeling a shred of sympathy for his fallen opponent, only a shred mind.
In the past Allardyce has been on the wrong end of some crushing defeats to Wenger - including back-back 4-0 and 6-2 thrashings during his stint at Blackburn Rovers - while the duo have been embroiled in their fair share of spats.
However, no manager wants to see a fellow manager hounded on a daily basis, and Allardyce recently said this of Wenger:
“Whenever he goes we’ll miss him. He has made the club what it is.”
Whether Wenger stays or goes remains a mystery, but a glance at our poll below shows that 72% want him out:
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