Arsene Wenger has attempted to explain why his team succumbed to another defeat in the Premier League on Monday night.

The Gunners’ hopes of avoiding a finish outside the top four was severely damaged once again as Sam Allardyce’s side followed up their win over Chelsea with a thrashing of Arsenal.

And according to Wenger, Crystal Palace’s counter-attacking style of play is what really troubled his side.

“We faced a team who played very deep, went for a game that was very direct, and we lost many direct duels and many second balls because they were sharper than us and more decisive.” the Arsenal boss said

“Overall, we created many dangerous situations but we couldn’t score. In the first half, we had problems getting in the game after 10 or 15 minutes.

“We came back into the game and had some dangerous situations that we couldn’t score from. In the second half, they came out strong, scored the second goal and from then on you could see it was more difficult.

“Even if we created more dangerous situations, we were always vulnerable on the counter-attacks because we threw everything forward. That’s a typical situation involving a team who tries to go forward and a team who plays on the counter-attack.”

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