April 10th- Arsenal suffered a tough loss to Crystal Palace by a score of 3-0. Palace led through Andros Townsend’s close-range finish, doubling their lead when Yohan Cabaye’s shot looped in. Luka Milivojevic clinched victory with a firm, low penalty as Palace moved six points clear of the relegation zone. Sixth-placed Arsenal did not manage a shot on target in a poor second half. Some travelling Gunners fans again called for manager Wenger, who has led Arsenal to top-four finishes in each of his previous 20 seasons at the helm, to leave the club. The Frenchman’s side are seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City with eight games remaining.
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Feeble Arsenal put more heat on Wenger- The manner of Arsenal’s performance – disorganised, devoid of attacking ideas and lacking fight, will increase the scrutiny on Wenger yet again. The 67-year-old has already faced protests from some supporters urging him to leave, with more calls clearly audible along with the barracking of his players in the latter stages at Selhurst Park. While, Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season and the club has offered him a new two-year deal, although he is still to announce whether he intends to carry on. Arsenal had 72% possession against Palace but that mattered for little as the hosts broke quickly on the counter-attack, exploiting space down the flanks and taking their chances clinically. The Gunners looked defensively vulnerable whenever Palace went forward, lacking leadership without injured captain Laurent Koscielny. And when the visitors did attack, Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey was only required to make saves from Mohamed Elneny and Alexis Sanchez. After the break, Hennessey did not even face a shot on target as Arsenal suffered a fourth straight away defeat for the first time under Wenger.
Arsenal ready to make Alexis Sanchez highest paid player in the Premier League- Arsenal are set to smash their wage structure in a bid to convince Alexis Sanchez to sign a new deal and extend his stay at the club beyond this summer. The Chilean will enter the final- year of his contract at the end of the current campaign and despite being locked in talks with the club since the end of last year, they are yet to reach an agreement. Arsene Wenger admitted that finances do have a role to play when it comes to reaching an agreement but made it clear that it was not the only reason Sanchez confirmed recently that he is happy in London and even suggested that he will remain with Arsenal beyond this season, but is yet to give a clear indication about the possibility of extending his current deal. According to the London Evening Standard, Arsenal are desperate to hold on to the Chilean, who has been leading from the front in terms of goals this season and are willing to make him the highest paid player in the Premier League. The report claims that they are set to offer him £300,000-a-week ($375,360) to sign an extension surpassing Paul Pogba’s £290,000-a-week which is said to be the highest at the moment.
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