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Sunday 21 January 2018

Ian Wright hits out at awful Arsenal as Palace inflict another defeat

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is coming under fire
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is coming under fire

Former striker Ian Wright led the condemnation of Arsenal's performance in their embarrassing loss to Crystal Palace, saying: "At least I tried."

As the Gunners suffered another serious blow to their Champions League hopes - and manager Arsene Wenger to his standing among the fans - criticism rained in.

Writing on Twitter, Wright, the club's second-highest goalscorer, said: "Wow, some of the comments I get from Arsenal fans on here.

"At least I f*****g tried! That dressing room is lost. Brilliant stuff palace."

Former Arsenal right-back Lee Dixon was also critical of the players, posting on his Twitter account: "Sometimes players have nights where nothing goes right. All 11 of them tonight."

Wenger is yet to announce whether he is signing a new contract to remain at the club next season.

Former England striker Gary Lineker said on Twitter: "Can't see Arsene Wenger announcing his new contract this week."

Jay Bothroyd, a graduate of the Arsenal academy, wrote on his Twitter account: "Only Arsenal tolerate failure! It's disgusting!

"Who will go to AFC next year? AFC don't pay like the rest of prem top teams and don't win!"

Television host and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan posted on Twitter: "Time for everyone who genuinely cares about this club to stand up & say 'ENOUGH'. #WengerOut."

Writing on his official Twitter page, ex-Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour said: "Gutted about the result.

"Well done @CPFC Sam was always going to keep them up! Top four proper struggling now."

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports, pulled no punches in his assessment.

He said: "From top to bottom the club is not right.

"Graeme Souness summed it up best a while back when he called them a team of son-in-laws.

"What father would want his daughter to bring one of them home? I'm serious. Bottling it, cowards, ducking out of challenges."

Carragher was also critical of Theo Walcott's post-match comments, in which he admitted Arsenal were outfought by Palace.

"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.

"He's saying 'from kick-off we knew straight away they were more up for it'. How can that possibly be, and this is not Arsenal? It is Arsenal. It's the same things year in, year out.

"I think sometimes they are coming out and looking after themselves - 'I'll say this and I was honest'. Don't tell me, show me!"

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