Allardyce shows Wenger how to win
Arsenal produced another dreadful away performance in losing at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace 3-0 in the English Premier League yesterday, further damaging the team's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League.
Palace exploited Arsenal's weakness and lack of leadership in defence, scoring in the 18th minute through Andros Townsend before midfielders Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic - from the penalty spot - added more goals in the second half.
Arsenal, which have conceded three goals in each of its last four away games that have all ended in defeat, stayed in sixth place - seven points off the top four with eight games left.
"All we can do is apologise," Arsenal winger Theo Walcott said. "I just think they (Palace) wanted it more. You could tell. You could sense that from kickoff."
It was another humiliating result for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who is weighing up whether to sign a contract extension at a club he has coached since 1996, amid heightened unrest from fans.
In the second half at Selhurst Park, Arsenal fans were singing "You're not fit to wear the shirt," and there seemed to be a lack of fight and organisation in Wenger's team.
"I understand our fans are very unhappy," Wenger said. "Every defeat is a big worry. I have managed over 1,000 games for Arsenal and we are not used to lose like that. It's a big worry."
On his own future, Wenger said: "I'm disappointed and determined to put things right. Tonight the worry is not me, it's that we lost a big game."
A fifth win in six games for Palace lifted the team six points clear of the relegation zone, boosting Sam Allardyce's bid to maintain his record of never having been relegated from the Premier League.