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You're not fit to wear the shirt: Arsenal fans turn on players after Crystal Palace defeat

The past few weeks have seen Arsene Wenger getting stick from the fans but last night's performance saw the players fall horribly from grace

Ayush Chatterjee 11 April 2017, 10:19 PM
Arsene Wenger's Arsenal were nothing short of shambolic during their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace

Arsene Wenger's Arsenal were nothing short of shambolic during their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace Image: AFP

Things are going horribly wrong at Arsenal Football Club. Arsene Wenger's charges were on the receiving end of 3-0 thumping at the hands of relegation threatened Crystal Palace last night at Selhurst Park.

Former Tottenham Hotspurs man Andros Townsend gave Palace the lead in the first half before Yohan Cabaye  doubled the Eagles' advantage with a sumptuous finish in the second half. Sam Allardyce's men were then awarded a penalty which was dispatched by Luka Milivojevic; his first goal for the London side.

Arsenal fans, who have been on edge for majority of the season, let their players know what they felt of their performance, with young Spanish full-back Hector Bellerin bearing the brunt of it all.

As Arsenal trailed in the second half, in which the Gunners failed to muster a single shot on target one might add, Bellerin went to take a throw in front of the away fans who refused to give him the ball. Instead they began a damning chant of 'you don't deserve to wear the shirt'. Bellerin was already having a game to forget before the incident.

The chant may have been directed towards the Spaniard but it could hold true for any of the Arsenal players on the pitch yesterday. They were nothing short of spineless against a Palace side which beat them convincingly, despite having only 28% of the ball.

After the game, Bellerin tried to go and applaud the traveling fans for their support but was met with booes and jeers. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had to console him as they walked off the pitch. Fans were also present outside the coach, hurling expletives at Arsene Wenger, Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and other players.

The situation at Arsenal is one of serious crisis at the moment. They are suffering for a major case of identity crisis now because they are nowhere near the standard they were once used to. A team that was once renowned for its swashbuckling brand of football has now been reduced to a mere shadow of its former self, much like their long-serving manager Arsene Wenger.

The 67-year-old manager is yet to confirm whether or not he will remain in the Arsenal hot seat next season. While there are reports of a two-year contract being on the table for Wenger to sign and some people claiming he has already agreed to extend his stay and the club are looking for a 'favourable time' to make that public, one cannot see how a deal will be justified by the Arsenal board to the fans.

In the past, a top four finish and a cup run has been enough for Wenger to be in the good books of owner Stan Kroenke, who will know better than to show his face in north London in the next few months. This time however all that looks to be in danger. Arsenal have won just two of their eight games in the Premier League since the start of February. They have lost five and drawn one.

Tottenham Hotspurs are all but certain to finally finish above their bitter north London rivals for the first time in a long time while Arsenal themselves are in danger of not making it through to the UEFA Champions League, something Wenger has prided himself on over the years. Their form does not bode well for their upcoming FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City, who will go in as favourites at Wembley.

All the signs point to disaster brewing in Arsenal. only time will tell if they can turn the ship around before it is too late.

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