Date: 11th April 2017 at 10:11am
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Arsenal’s apparent upturn in fortunes – following a draw with Manchester City and victory over West Ham – didn’t last long with the Gunners’ Champions League hopes all but ended at Crystal Palace.

Securing fourth-spot SHOULDN’T be deemed as success, as it’s not, but even that looks beyond Arsenal now… an eighth defeat of the season – five of these have come in the last eight played – leaves the club seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, languishing in sixth.

A Europa League place would ONLY be achieved at this stage owing to the fact Manchester United won the League Cup.

Jamie Carragher, given his Liverpool background, probably isn’t someone that all will listen to at times – I actually like his punditry. But he’s not held back in his criticism of Arsene Wenger and his players following the 3-0 defeat to Crystal Palace.

He told Sky Sports the players had been shown to be ‘cowards’ in another gutless performance.

‘The best description of the players was two years ago, from Graeme Souness. He said they’re a team of son in laws, but what father would want his daughter to bring one of them home? I’m serious. Bottling it, cowards, ducking out of challenges. What type of man would you want to bring your daughter home? One of them?’

Carragher went on to say, he’s right, Wenger’s ‘is he isn’t he’ staying debate rumbling on isn’t helping and nor is the ongoing speculation about the futures at Arsenal, or not, of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.

As said, Carragher’s right, as is the former England defender in adding the situation is ‘nothing short of embarrassing’ now.

‘I just think, from top to bottom this club is not right. The Wenger talk of staying or going. The contracts with Sanchez and Ozil. They’ve been nothing short of embarrassing since the contract talk started.’

Do Alexis and Ozil want to stay? They’re not playing as if this is for extended contracts.

‘We always criticise Ozil, and I’m not his biggest fan, but I think Sanchez has been awful the last couple of months. Certainly not looking like they’re playing for contracts. It’s looking like they’re playing to get away,’ concluded Carragher.

The fury of the fans was again voiced as a group surrounded the team bus, hurling abuse at Wenger and the players having previously chanted, ‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’ nearing the end of the Selhurst Park debacle.

Still, continued uncertainty about Wenger’s future, he’s offered little to suggest he’ll not remain next season – with a growing number NOT wanting this is seems, isn’t having an impact at all… well, so the Arsenal boss continues to insist

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