Theo Walcott admits Crystal Palace “wanted it more” than Arsenal after the Gunners slipped to a 3-0 defeat at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
The Gunners put in an abysmal performance as goals by Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic condemned the visitors to defeat.
The result leaves Arsenal seven points off Manchester City in fourth place, albeit with a game in hand, after suffering their fifth loss in their last eight games.
Speaking after the game Walcott apologised to Arsenal fans for their performance and admitted his side could not match Palace’s desire.
“Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion. We don’t go out there to lose games, we work the best we can. Obviously tonight it didn’t happen. We can only apologise,” he told Sky Sports.
“They just wanted it more, you could tell. Could sense that from kick off and it was an uphill battle towards the end and like I said before, this isn’t Arsenal at this moment in time. We thought we’d got out of this patch, but it doesn’t look like we have.”
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Arsenal were booed by supporters in the second half and at the end of the game and Walcott admitted his team deserved criticism for their display.
“Biggest thing would be letting the fans down,” he added. “We all did. That’s not Arsenal at all. I thought we bounced back well against Man City and West Ham. We’re very disappointed in the dressing room like the fans are – we let them down.”
Walcott’s words pretty neatly sum up the apathy which seems to have consumed the team currently with the lack of desire all too evident at Selhurst Park.