Arsenal have just taken another huge step in their capitulation of any dying title or Champions League ambitions following a dismal 3-0 defeat on Monday night away to Crystal Palace.
The Premier League strugglers took a slim 1-0 lead into the break and everyone assumed the ensemble of talent that made the trip across the city from the Emirates Stadium would quickly overturn their deficit and march on to victory in the second half.
Such is the order of the Premier League, the big teams bludgeon the smaller sides. It seems Palace didn’t get that script on Monday night.
Rather than put up a brave fight, Sam Allardyce’s side emphatically rubber stamped their ambitions of top flight survival, with the win putting distance between them and the relegation battle that is starting to heat up below. With a game in hand, another win next time out could realistically catapult them up to tenth.
As for Arsenal, not only have the wheels comes off, but the wagon is on fire. Manager Arsene Wenger has had to deal with this kind of disappointment for over a decade. Having not won the Premier League since ‘The Invincibles’ of 2004 went unbeaten all season, Wenger is under increasing pressure to leave, or be fired from, his home for two decades.
Following the defeat at Palace, former Blackburn and Chelsea forward Chris Sutton has, via BBC 5 Live Sport, gone in hard on the veteran Frenchman and accused him of overseeing ‘The Invisibles’ against their London rivals.
"Wenger managed the Invincibles, he's now managing the Invisibles" – Chris Sutton
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) April 10, 2017
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena