Arsenal's top-four hopes suffer major blow with 3-0 Palace loss

It all reached a pinnacle when the Palace fans drowned out the singing Arsenal fans with their rendition of "Arsene Wenger, we want you to stay".

"I've managed over 1,100 games for Arsenal and we're not used to losing like that", said the Arsenal boss. "In the second half they came out strong and scored again".

Goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic inflicted a fourth straight away defeat on Arsenal - for the first time during Wenger's 21-season reign.

Wenger had never before lost a Premier League game against Palace but the hosts had the ball in the net again five minutes after the interval, although a raised flag disallowed Benteke's rebound finish.

"One or two more results and we should be safe, but it's a massive night for everybody, and a huge week for us all", he said. "It's important that we don't lose against Arsenal".

Arsenal's despondent manager Arsene Wenger was left to assess the consequences of a "damaging" and "worrying defeat" after a toothless 3-0 reverse at relegation-threatened Crystal Palace on Monday left their top-four aspirations in jeopardy.

"I felt that we created quite unsafe situations but defensively we were exposed at times and offensively we couldn't finish", Wenger said.

"Look, I feel we came out of a very hard period and what we have shown is that we are united and focused and determined to do things right again", Wenger said.

"Sam Allardyce has been incredible".

The Argentine added, "I have been here for seven years and have played a few games already".

Arsenal have found consistency hard to attain this year, and the top-four places have begun to evade them.

Former striker Ian Wright led the condemnation of Arsenal's performance in their embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace, saying: "At least I tried". "But they were sharper than us". "We're very unhappy in the dressing room".

"That was questioned for a while and I think we gave the right response".

Arsenal's defending on Andros Townsend's opening goal in the 17th minute was awful, with their back line completely disorganized.

With Palace having up to nine first-team players unavailable, Allardyce is hoping his medical staff can help their charge to retain Premier League status as they begin their tough run of fixtures on Monday.

Arsenal: Martinez 7, Bellerin 5, Mustafi 4, Gabriel 5, Monreal 6, Elneny 6, Xhaka 5, Walcott 5, Ozil 5, Alexis 5, Welbeck 5.

  • Stacy Allen