Walcott: They wanted it more from the first whistle

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Theo Walcott says Arsenal let down their fans this evening as they were run ragged in a 3-0 defeat by Sam Allardyce’s relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.

Goals by Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic were followed by furious chants from Gooners on the terraces that the players aren’t “fit to wear the shirt.”

Speaking to Sky Sports, the England international, who was captain for the evening, did little to play down such suggestions.

“The biggest thing would be letting the fans down tonight,” the 28-year-old told Geoff Shreeves.

“We all did. That’s not Arsenal at all. I thought we’d bounced back well against Man City and West Ham at home but tonight wasn’t us at all.

“We’re very disappointed in the dressing room, as the fans are as well because we’ve let them down tonight. We need to respond. That’s only going to come from hard work that we take into Monday [against Middlesbrough].

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. We don’t have a problem with that. We want to try and do a job. We don’t go out there to lose games. We try the best we can but tonight it just didn’t happen. Like I said, all we can do is apologise.

“They just wanted it more. You could tell. You could sense that from the kick off. It was an uphill battle towards the end there. Like I said before this isn’t Arsenal at this moment in time.

“We thought we’d got out of this little patch, hopefully we’ve not fallen straight back into it. Judging by that performance tonight it looks like we have.”

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