Arsene Wenger has vowed to put things right at Arsenal but said any talk over his future was “inconvenient” after the Gunners were humbled at Crystal Palace on Monday night.
With pressure mounting on the Frenchman as he dallies over making an announcement concerning whether he will sign a new deal at the Emirates or leave when his current contract expires in the summer, a 3-0 defeat against Palace was the last thing Wenger needed.
His out-of-sorts side were put to the sword by a Palace outfit fighting for their lives, with former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend opening the scoring before Yohan Cabaye added the second and Luka Milivojevic wrapped things up from the penalty spot.]
Large sections of Arsenal’s support ended the night with a chorus of “Arsene Wenger, we want you to go” and “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” – with protests against the 67-year-old likely to ramp up.
Arsenal’s players then faced a barrage of abusefrom their own supporters as they boarded the team bus to depart Selhurst Park, with the likes of Theo Walcott, Granit Xhaka and Olivier Giroud jeered loudly.
Wenger has already faced pre-match protests from fans who want him to leave the club, but speaking after another damaging defeat, Arsenal’s seventh in their last 12 games in all competitions, he would still not be drawn into announcing his intentions.
“I think it would be inconvenient to speak about me tonight, it’s more painful to lose the game like the way we lost this one,” he said.
“I want the fans to support the team. I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are. It is understandable that they are disappointed.”