Date: 11th April 2017 at 10:33am
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That’s probably one way of putting it? Another, Arsenal’s stand-in captain, Theo Walcott could have put the performance at Crystal Palace is, it just wasn’t good enough… again.

Not for the first time Arsenal, in spite of having 72% of possession, failed to deliver at Selhurst Park as Andros Townsend’s first half goal was added to by further, second half, strikes from Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic to see Palace to a 3-0 win.

Arsenal, sixth, are now seven points off fourth-placed Manchester City and almost certain to miss out on the Champions League – if this ‘form’ continues the Gunners risk failing to qualify for European competition at all next season?

Then again the FA Cup, which would salvage something from the season if Arsenal won that, would, in all likelihood, open up another Europa League spot anyway… but this ISN’T the competition we want. To clarify – winning the FA Cup, yes, that’ll be taken but playing in the Europa League? No.

Walcott admitted in his post-match chat the Monday evening performance ‘wasn’t us’ – sadly it HAS been Arsenal of late – and that ‘Palace just wanted it more.’

‘That’s not Arsenal,’ Walcott was quoted by the BBC. ‘It wasn’t us at all. All we can do is apologise for that performance. Palace just wanted it more. You could sense that from the kick-off.’

All that Arsenal possession counted for nothing as just the Gunners had just the three efforts – all in the first half – to show for it.

England, well sometimes, forward Walcott went on to say he was ‘hopeful’ Arsenal had gone through the ‘little patch’ but clearly that isn’t the case.

‘We thought we had got out of this little patch and hopefully we haven’t been dragged straight back into it. Judging on that performance, it looks like we have.’

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