Sam Allardyce would be able to do a much better job of tightening Arsenal up than current manager Mikel Arteta according to ex-Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino.
Speaking on talkSPORT, as relayed by football.london, former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has sensationally claimed that former England manager Sam Allardyce can do a better job than Mikel Arteta at Arsenal.
Arteta has been in charge at Arsenal for over eighteen months now but has come under intense pressure currently after a disappointing last season and a disastrous start to the ongoing campaign.
Indeed, despite Arsenal being one of the heaviest spenders in the Premier League this summer, that has not reflected in their performances as the Gunners are rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table having lost each of their three league games, failing to score a single goal so far in the competition.
This has resulted in pressure mounting on Arteta, due to which a number of pundits and fans have already been calling for his head. And, Cascarino, who played for Arsenal’s rivals, Chelsea, has stunningly claimed that Big Sam would be a better fit at the Emirates currently than Arteta.
“If you look at what he did to West Brom, I know they went down, but he certainly made them far better defensively,” Cascarino said. “He’d make Arsenal way better. I know some Arsenal fans don’t care about that, they want their teams to have flair, but I think Sam would undoubtedly do a better job than Arteta is doing at the moment.”
Allardyce last managed West Bromwich Albion, having replaced Slaven Bilic during the last season. However, the former Everton and England boss was unable to guide the Baggies to safety and saw his first career regulation from the Premier League. Despite the drop, West Brom did see an improvement in results under the veteran manager, especially in the defensive department.
That is an area Arsenal need to work upon and do so quickly, having let in as many as nine goals in their three league outings this term. Three new defenders, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Nuno Tavares and Ben White, have arrived at the Emirates this season. What remains to be seen is whether Arteta & co. are able to arrest their spiralling form once they are back in action after the international break.