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My guys from Arsenal got their asses kicked by Crystal Palace 3-0 at the Eagles house. This is Arsenal third loss in their last five matches.

My Gunners have lost five matches since Janaury 31st.

This is not good garoto.

The Daily Mail;” Arsenal were in a jam long before they misjudged the South London traffic and turned up late at Selhurst Park.

Form in the last three months has been so dreadful that every slip dips them back into the land of crisis and yet this crumbling apology of a performance was perhaps the clearest example yet of how seriously they are damaged.

Morale is desperately low and confidence is depleted. Psychologically, they appear broken.

Crystal Palace trampled on them with glee, although by the time the final whistle had sounded and the unlikely figure of Sasa Curcic was conducting a post-match knees-up, even Sam Allardyce managed a smile of sympathy for his old foe Arsene Wenger.

Make no mistake, this was a thumping. The result flatters Arsenal not Palace, who were the best team at the beginning, in the middle and at the end.

Arsenal, devoid of character and personality at the best of times, missed the quiet assurance of Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny. By the end, three-down and threatening to leak more, Brazilian centre-half Gabriel Paulista was performing drag-backs in his own penalty area.

Wenger’s team could not control the energy of Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha and, but for a short bursts of Alexis Sanchez here and there, their own creative forces appeared to be truly spent.

Three down at Bournemouth in January they summoned a spirited fight back and escaped with a point. Here, nothing.

Townsend opened the scoring in the first half, Yohan Cabaye scored the second after the interval and Luka Milivojevic converted a penalty, his first goal since his £13.5million move from Olympiacos.

Three-nil to the good and three points further from the drop-zone and the euphoric home fans launched into a chorus of ‘Arsene Wenger, we want you to stay’.

From the away end, came a chant of ‘We want Wenger out’ and A4 protest papers were held aloft.

Dissenting voices were quickly muted but five days on from the relief of a comfortable win against West Ham and the Arsenal boss is under pressure again.

If, as it seems, the Frenchman is determined to stay, then this is all the evidence he needs to tear up this team and start again in the summer. Arsenal are sliding at an alarming rate.

In the last dozen games, they have managed to beat only Sutton, Lincoln, Hull and West Ham, and they have lost seven.

With Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton still they play, they might look anxiously down the Premier League table rather than hopefully towards the top four.

Wenger and his players arrived at Selhurst Park, in body at least, with only 45 minutes to spare before kick-off and did not make it out for the warm-up until 25 minutes later.

When Palace exploded from the traps it soon became clear the visitors might be on the pitch but were perhaps not entirely with the programme.

Allardyce’s team were quick and aggressive, hustling in midfield and dangerous in the air, targeting the soft-spots in Arsenal’s defence and peppering Martinez with shots before Townsend found the net.

Christian Benteke out-muscled Gabriel, fought down a high ball and Palace seized on the scraps.

Cabaye worked the ball wide to Zaha and his low cross found Townsend, who beat Shkodran Mustafi across the ground and clipped a neat finish over Martinez.

‘Weaknesses with Arsenal have been defensively,’ said Allardyce. ‘They leave centre-backs exposed, with full-backs playing like wingers. If you can play through them quickly, you can get in the box and get chances.’

Apart from pushing wide a decent curling effort by Mohamed Elneny, Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had been largely redundant until this point.

Arsenal stirred briefly before the interval. Alexis Sanchez was denied by Hennessey and Mamadou Sakho who continued his solid form in the centre of Palace’s defence.

Wenger lost patience and made a double change with less than an hour on the clock. On went Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud but within seconds of their introduction, Cabaye made it 2-0.

Again, Zaha supplied the cross, low from the right and Cabaye applied a delicious finish, sweeping it first-time with his right foot, across the goalkeeper and inside the far post.

Sanchez grimaced and threw his head into his hands. It is the image of Arsenal’s season. Then it got worse.

Martinez marred a fine personal display when he slid out and caught Townsend. Referee Michael Oliver pointed to the spot and Milivojevic made it three.

Deeper into the jam go Arsenal.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-4399444/Crystal-Palace-3-0-Arsenal-misery-Arsene-Wenger.html#ixzz4dtNYdJ00

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