Arsene Wenger admitted it will be "very difficult" for Arsenal to finish in the top four after Monday's 3-0 loss to Crystal Palace, but said it would be "inconvenient" to talk about his own future in the wake of such a disappointing result.
Andros Townsend put Palace one up on 17 minutes and two goals midway through the second-half then killed off the visitors, the first from a Yohan Cabaye shot and the second from Luka Milivojevic's firmly-struck penalty as the Eagles moved six points clear of the relegation zone.
"I'm deeply disappointed because the performance we produced was not good enough", Wenger told Arsenal.com. It was the north London club's fourth straight away defeat where they have conceded three goals on every occasion.
He then added:"But I can not go on forever after a game like that, I'm disappointed and determined to put things right. Tonight, the worry is not me, it's the fact we lost a big game".
"I felt that we created quite unsafe situations but defensively we were exposed at times and offensively we couldn't finish", Wenger said.
"We've let them down tonight, and we need to respond. It's damaging of course but top four is hard for us, it is a hard defeat and it has consequences on our chances to be in the top four".
Wenger's men have won just twice in their last eight league games and are now sixth in the Premier League table, seven points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.
Lucas Perez appears to be enjoying his spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury but he managed to upset a fair few Arsenal fans this week.
Wenger continued: "We played with a desire to win the game with an offensive team".
The Arsenal players faced taunts of "you're not fit to wear the shirt" after the game, from the club supporters but Wenger refused to admit that they gave up.
Many felt as though his performance was one of a player not fully committed to his team, while others feel he is just overrated.
Protests against Wenger's management have become increasingly vocal in recent weeks, with fans concerned that the club could miss out on qualification for the Champions League for the first time under the 67-year-old.
Don't worry Arsenal fans if you don't make the top 4 you'll have more time to focus on the league next year! At the moment especially, it would be inconvenient for me to speak about me.