Sam Allardyce criticized Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger giving the Frenchman credit for his first five years but claiming that he lost his way since then and Arsenal haven’t been the same since.
The West Ham manager gave an interview to the Express in which he said that Wenger changed his philosophy during his early years when his players dominated teams.
“Arsene Wenger’s change of culture at Arsenal was a major success. Getting players like Ian Wright and Tony Adams to change their way of thinking, coupled with his buying policy, was amazing.”
“His first five years were amazing. But I don’t know what happened to him after that.”
“He seemed to change his whole ethos – I don’t know if it was because he had the new stadium to pay for, you will have to ask him.”
“It became all about smaller, pretty footballer than it did about the big hard talented footballers who won the ball and won him the key games.”
“Never mind being able to play, they could mix it, too. He was challenging Manchester United on a regular basis and went a whole season without being beaten. They were fantastic.”
“Then all of a sudden this change of culture happened where every midfielder seemed to be 5ft 8in and they lost that steel.”