Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta hammered the final nail in West Brom’s coffin last night after a 3-1 win at the Emirates. Baggies manager Sam Allardyce was brought in to save them, but the 66-year-old couldn’t get the job done.
The Gunners started the game slowly but two brilliant goals from Emile Smith Rowe and Nicolas Pepe put us 2-0 up at the break. West Brom came out strong in the second half and managed to halve the deficit.
However, Willian’s brilliant free-kick in the 90th minute sealed the Baggies’ fate. Allardyce was asked about Arsenal after the game and the West Brom boss’ comments sum up the Gunners’ terrible season.
Allardyce: Not much difference between Arsenal and West Brom
He told West Brom’s official website: “This is the Emirates Stadium, and I don’t know if this is just me, but I didn’t see much difference between their play and our play today, apart from the finishing.
“I thought, certainly at the start of the game and in the second half, we were putting them under a lot of pressure. We just couldn’t find the right key to the door.”
As much as we love to have a go at Big Sam, he’s right. West Brom were the better side in the opening stages of the first half and for most parts after the break. They threw the kitchen sink at us, and on another day, we would’ve conceded more than just one goal.
That, sadly, has been the story of our season. We’ve very rarely looked like a side aiming to be among the best in the country. Almost every team we’ve faced in the league this season has had a chance of beating us, and last night was no different.
That is exactly why we are where we are in the league. We are almost guaranteed to be without European football next season and that is simply not good enough for a club as big and as historic as Arsenal.
Allardyce’s comments from last night will certainly annoy Arsenal supporters, but we can’t really say he’s wrong, can we? It just sums up our terrible season, and we have a mountain to climb now to become the club we once were.