LOSS: Crystal Palace's Jeffrey Schlupp (centre) battles for the ball with Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott, left, on Monday night
THEO WALCOTT has apologised to the Arsenal fans following the team's humiliating 3-0 loss at Crystal Palace, and admitted that Palace "wanted it more.”
The Gunners have now lost four times whilst playing away from home for the first time under Arsene Wenger, contributing to the growing volume of calls for the shamed manager's departure.
On the night, Andros Townsend opened the scoring whilst Yohan Cabaye swept in a sweet second half strike to double the Eagles’ lead, with Townsend winning a penalty despatched by Luka Milivojevic. Palace could have increased the margin of misery over Wenger’s men, with Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Townsend seeming to run rings around those who wore yellow.
Arsenal remain in sixth position, seven points off a fourth spot and level on points with seventh placed Everton. Walcott was again captain for the night and his focus was not only of the Gunners’ poor showing, but how this came across to their fans.
“The biggest thing was letting the fans down tonight. We all did and that’s not Arsenal at all,” said Walcott.
“We thought we’d bounced back well against Manchester City and West Ham at home, but tonight that wasn’t us at all. We were very disappointed in that dressing room, like the fans are as well because we’ve let them down tonight.
"We need to respond and that’s only going to come from hard work at training.
“We don’t go out there to lose games, we try to work the best we can but tonight it just didn’t happen. All we can do is apologise for that performance tonight."
Walcott sensed that Palace were more than up for the game, and the fact that Arsenal couldn’t cope again points that for them, the end of the season can’t come soon enough.
“I think they just wanted it more,” he added.
“You could tell they wanted it more and you could sense that from kick-off. It was an uphill battle towards the end. This isn’t Arsenal in this moment in time. We thought we’d got out of this little rough patch before. Hopefully we haven’t been dragged straight back into it, but judging on that performance tonight, it looks like we have.
“We go out on the pitch and we try to do a job, so we’ve let the manager down, like we have with the fans. That’s all I can say.“
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