Sam Allardyce mocks old rival Wenger over title challenge

Sankha Ghosh / 10 April 2016
Wenger and Allardyce

Sam Allardyce has told old friend Arsene Wenger that has missed a golden chance to regain the Premier League title.

Big Sam’s relegation-threatened Sunderland boys will face surprise leaders Leicester today at the Stadium of Light.

And Allardyce believes the Foxes are on top because of the failures of so-called elites – including Wenger’s Arsenal, who have not won the title for 12 years.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has earlier insisted his feud with Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger has been consigned to history – and is not even sure it would have worked anyway.

The then Bolton manager famously got under the French manager’s skin as he helped his side to a series of unlikely positive results against the Gunners, and admitted in his recently published autobiography that he enjoyed winding up a man he described as having “an air of arrogance”.

Allardyce guided Bolton into the fight against Arsenal on 16 occasions in all competitions and emerged with a largely creditable four wins and six draws.

Allardyce, often at odds with Wenger in his days as Bolton manager, said: “Arsenal won’t have a better time to win the league than this season.

“A normal season would have seen Leicester, with the season they have had, maybe finishing in the top four, which would be miraculous.

“But they have had an opportunity that, without any doubt, Arsenal have missed.

“Leicester have taken it and Arsenal have lost it.

“We were all saying, ‘What a chance for Arsenal’.

“They were going to take advantage of the Man City, Chelsea, and Man United slip-ups and win the league. But Leicester have shown everybody how to do it.’’

Arsenal’s Premier League title hopes were all but ended as they couldn’t utilise a two-goal lead in their 3-3 draw against West Ham.

An early promise, a collapse and the false hope. Arsenal showed all the three stages of their Premier League season in just 90 minutes at Upton Park, where Andy Carroll’s blistering hat-trick ultimately turned their two-goal lead into a one-goal deficit before Laurent Koscielny’s equaliser gave a glimmer of expectation in the final stages.

But at the end of the day, they didn’t do enough to clinch the victory they required, and while the draw saw them one point closer to Tottenham and Leicester, it certainly won’t be enough to continue their title challenge.

The Foxes can extend their lead over Arsenal to 13 points against Sunderland today, leaving Wenger and his boys to run another costly implosion.