Arsenal have broken a lot of records this season – well, not the right ones. This is our worst start to a season in over 45 years, our home record is abysmal, we are losing against teams who haven’t beaten us in god knows how long and we sit just a few places above the drop zone.
You would think that things couldn’t possibly get any worse, but get ready to be surprised.
Relegation specialist Sam Allardyce has had his say on Arsenal’s problems this season. The 66-year-old was recently appointed as the new manager of West Bromwich Albion to save them from the drop, and you can’t argue that he isn’t the right man for the job.
Allardyce has aimed a small dig at us in his press conference today. He says that Arsenal are in the same relegation battle that his side are in, and he believes that he knows what it takes to get out of one, while our players might not.
Allardyce: Arsenal are our relegation rivals
Allardyce told Sky Sports: “If they are in the bottom eight at the moment, yes (they are in a relegation battle). Getting beaten again [Tuesday] night – even though it is not in the league – as it does with our players, drains the confidence of Arsenal’s players. Of course it will.”
“They’ll be wondering what’s hit them. They will be wondering why they are down there. They will be wondering what it’s going to take to get out of that position. I know what it takes, I hope I can convince the players to respond to what I say on what it takes to get out of it.”
“I hope that we can push at Arsenal when they play us because they have a lack of confidence, and try and beat them or anybody in the bottom eight.”
We would love to sit here and have a rant about how wrong Allardyce is, but our results over the last two months have been like that of a relegation-threatened team.
Arsenal have won just four out of their first 14 games in the Premier League this term. We have scored just 12 goals, and everything Mikel Arteta is trying at the moment is backfiring.
Allardyce might just have a point there but his comments still annoyed Arsenal supporters.