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Arsenal players, Wenger booed and abused by fans


Ugly scenes erupted in the away end during and after Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday.

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Understandably Arsenal’s fans were not happy with one of the worst displays the Gunners have ever put in under beleaguered boss Arsene Wenger as they now sit in sixth place in the Premier League and are in real danger of not making the top four for the first time in 20 years.

In truth, Palace could have won by five or six as Arsenal’s players were weak in defense and toothless in attack. That led to chants of “you’re not fit to wear the shirt” and “Arsene Wenger, we want you to leave” from the away fans and many stayed behind to boo, surround and hurl abuse at the Arsenal players and manager as they got on the team bus outside Selhurst Park.

This isn’t the first time this has happened to Arsenal as Wenger and his players were the subject of abuse from their fans in 2014 while they stood on a train platform after a defeat at Stoke City.

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This time around the nature of the verbal abuse towards the players, even those who tried to go over to them and apologize for the performance, was intense as the Arsenal fans wouldn’t even give the ball back to their own player, Hector Bellerin, as he took a throw-in near them late in the game.

This game really felt like the moment when Arsenal’s players shrugged their shoulders in the top four hunt as the uncertainty surrounding Wenger’s future at the club, plus that of star players Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, seems to be becoming too much to handle.

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Speaking after the game, captain for the night Theo Walcott had this damning indictment on the display which see Arsenal seven points away from the top four with a game in hand of fourth-placed Manchester City.

“I think they just wanted it more. You could tell they wanted it more,” Walcott said. “You could sense that from the kickoff. It was an uphill battle towards the end there. Like I said before, this isn’t Arsenal at this moment time. We felt we had gotten out of that little patch, and hopefully we haven’t been dragged right back into it. But judging from that performance tonight, it looks like [we have].”

This is very much Arsenal right now as the Gunners are battling for a top four spot and look increasingly unlikely to seal a 19th straight season in the UEFA Champions League.

Wenger and his players have a lot of work to do to not only finish in the top four but to also win back the support and trust of the fans.

After these ugly scenes during and after the defeat at Palace, it appears the latter may never be possible for this manager and these players.

Six Premier Leaguers named to Argentina, but no Icardi

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Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.

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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.

Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.

Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.

Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).

Men in Blazers POD: FA Cup recap, UCL final preview and more

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Long-term absentee Santi Cazorla will leave Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla hasn’t played a match for the Gunners since suffering a gruesome Achilles injury back in October 2016.

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And unfortunately for the Spaniard, Cazorla won’t feature for Arsenal again after six years at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal released a statement on Monday revealing the veteran midfielder won’t return to the club in 2018/19, which isn’t unexpected given the extent of his injury.

In his time with the Gunners, Cazorla made 180 appearances in all competitions for the club, and helped Arsenal win two FA Cups.

Cazorla was also a member of the Spanish national team squads that won back-to-back UEFA EURO competitions in 2008 and 2012.

Wolfsburg keeps Bundesliga spot with playoff win

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Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) over Holstein Kiel on Monday in the second leg of its German promotion playoff as the Bundesliga side kept its place in the top flight.

Robin Knoche scored the game-winner in the second leg, which ensured Wolfsburg’s stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The hosts boasted a number of quality chances in the first half, including David Kinsombi’s close-range shot that tested Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels with a save, however, Holstein couldn’t break through.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks went the full 90 minutes for Wolfsburg, after the 25-year-old made nine starts this season for the German side in league play.