Arsenal slumping to a 3-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday night was enough to draw a passionate response from Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
Perhaps having the mild-mannered former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri next to him made it look more heated – nonetheless, Carragher went to town on Arsene Wenger’s side – with Theo Walcott’s post-match interview seemingly sparking a fit of apoplectic rage within the ex-Liverpool defender.
“[Walcott] says this isn’t Arsenal, it is! It’s been Arsenal for the past 10. 15 years; year in, year out.
“Sometimes these players, they come out and try to look out for themselves – don’t tell me what happened after the game, show me in the game!
“It’s now looking like the players want to change. I’m a massive admirer of him but it’s time for a change.
“The whole club looks a problem. It seems this acceptance of top four has set in.
“Forget top four, it shouldn’t have anything to do with it for Arsenal – go for trophies, not top four.
“They’ve lost some thing special that they used to have. Graeme Souness said it best when he said they’re a team of son in laws. Who would want their daughter dating one of them?”
“Would you want that type of man for your daughter? Cowards, ducking out of challenges?! From top to bottom, this club is not right.”
The dissenting voices in the stands grew ever louder at Selhurst Park as goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and a penalty from January signing Luka Milivojevic made it four away defeats in a row for Arsene Wenger for the first time in the Premier League, and the first time they have lost four whilst conceding at least three in each since 1929.
Furthermore, it makes their chances of making the top four look that bit more remote. Meanwhile, the club are no closer to clarifying whether or not Wenger will even be at the Emirates next season.