New West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has said that any club currently in the bottom eight are fighting relegation, including Arsenal.
The former Crystal Palace, Everton, Bolton, Blackburn and Newcastle manager is of the opinion that even a club as big as Arsenal can be embroiled in a relegation battle.
Asked if Arsenal were in fact involved a relegation battle, Allardyce replied: “If they are in the bottom eight at the moment, yes. Absolutely.”
Allardyce’s comments will not go down well in North London, with the former England manager once stating that he would fix Arsenal’s problems “tomorrow” if he was to get the top job at the Emirates stadium.
Allardyce expanded on the current woes at Arsenal, explaining: “They will 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.”
Allardyce has problems of his own to deal with at the moment. Following a 0-3 defeat at home to rivals Aston Villa in his first game in charge, the Baggies find themselves 19th in the table with seven points. They currently sit seven points adrift of Mikel Arteta’s side and five points off safety. The Baggies next game is a daunting away fixture against Premier League champions Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s side have not lost at home in the league since April of 2017 when Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace defeated the Reds 1-2.