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‘I can understand the disappointment’

Arsene Wenger was asked about the fans’ reaction to our 3-0 defeat against Crystal Palace when he faced the press at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

Read on for more quotes from the press conference.

on the fans’ reaction…I want the fans to support the team. I think they are extremely disappointed and I can understand that because we all are. It is understandable that they are disappointed. We played with a desire to win the game tonight, with a very offensive team because we knew we had to score goals. We knew what we would face. Their keeper took their free-kicks on the halfway line, so it was important for us to win the ball in the air, win the second balls, get the ball down and then play our game. From the start onwards, in the decisive moments of the game, they were sharper.

on our top-four chances… It’s [going to be] very difficult.

on whether this will have an impact on his future…Honestly, I am disappointed tonight. After such a long time, to see that we’ve lost a game the way we’ve lost it is of course very disappointing. I think it would be inconvenient to speak about me tonight, it’s more painful to lose the game like the way we lost this one.

on how we rebuild confidence…It’s part of our job to rebuild confidence. We have a week to do it, a week to prepare and we go to Middlesbrough for another difficult game. It’s our job and we’ll try to do it.

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