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Allardyce factor the difference for Palace, says Townsend

20 April 2017

Theo Walcott was Arsenal's captain for the three-nil defeat away to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

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. It's a big worry.

"We have to respond very quickly and not accept it". "We are all disappointed in the changing room, like the fans are - we let them down", Walcott said.

"We all know they are in a poor spell of results for the first time for years", said the former England manager.

Arsenal would want to keep the player but i think they'll find it hard to do so given their struggles.

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Wenger conceded Arsenal's chances of making the Champions League via a top-four finish look bleak, but he refused to be drawn on whether or not he will stay.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League now a huge SEVEN points behind Manchester City in fourth. "We want to try do a job, we don't go out there to lose a game of course". I've managed over 1,100 games for Arsenal and we're not used to that [kind of performance], so it's a big worry.

Wenger's side have lost four successive away league games for the first time in his 21-year reign as manager.

Wenger expressed his disappointment after the defeat to Palace, saying they fell flat in what he deemed a "must-win" game.

That offer is likely to be in the region of £30million but could go higher if Arsenal and Spurs get involved in a battle for the player's signature in the summer.

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The latest Selhurst Park cult hero said he would not argue with Benteke the next time Palace are awarded a spot-kick though, adding: "For me, if he wants to shoot, no problem!"

"We all did and that's not Arsenal at all. It is understandable that they are disappointed".

Wenger said: "I can not go on forever after the game like that".

For Palace, this was another massive step to retaining their Premier League status and was a fifth victory in six games.

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Allardyce factor the difference for Palace, says Townsend