Mathieu Flamini: 'I hope Arsenal return to form'

Apr 12, 2017, 00:30

Arsenal fans surrounded the team bus after Monday's 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, hurling abuse at the players and manager Arsene Wenger.

"All we can do is apologise for that performance", Arsenal's Theo Walcott said after Arsenal fans had sung "You're not fit to wear the shirt" at their players.

Yohan Cabaye's curling effort and Luka Milivojevic penalty in the second-half ensured that relegation-threatened Palace piled more misery on Arsene Wenger's side.

A humiliating three-nil defeat to Cyrstal Palace faded Arsenal's top-four hopes as they were pushed to sixth place in the Premier League points table earlier today.

I can also say with confidence that the Gunners won't qualify for the Champions League but I can't say with confidence that this will be the season Arsene Wenger calls it a day at Arsenal.

"I don't think my players didn't want it, but we lost duels in decisive moments and that's how games are decided at this level", Wenger said.

Arsenal were once again captained by Theo Walcott and, after hearing the displeasure from their own supporters, the England worldwide conceded things are just are not good enough at present.

Wenger, who was subjected to chants of "get out of our club" following the defeat, said, "The defeat is damaging, of course, but I'm disappointed and determined to put things right".

"We like a player coming on TV, but this thing about "well done for coming on and being honest" - shut up talking about what happened after the game. It's the fact that we lost a big game, and when you lose a big game it's a big worry".

Sadly all those qualities mentioned were missing from the Arsenal side last night as they were totally over ran by a Palace side, which was brilliantly led by Momodou Sakho at the back and the front three of Christian Benteke, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend.

Chelsea fans were happy to see Sanchez frustrated... Look, I face questions about my future all the time but tonight I'm not in the mood to speak about it.

But after his display against Arsenal on Monday, there could be hope yet for the 26-year-old. I have managed over 1,000 games for Arsenal and we are not used to lose like that. All five teams above Arsenal won over the weekend and the club's only chance of silverware this season is in the FA Cup, with a tricky semi-final against Manchester City coming up later this month.