Of all the people with cause to criticize Arsene Wenger over Arsenal’s recent struggles and anticipated failure to win the Premier League yet again, Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce might not be the right person to vocalize those beliefs.
In a recent interview, the Black Cats manager – whose team currently sits at 18th and are four points deep in the relegation zone – criticized Wenger and his Arsenal squad for failing to take advantage of a golden opportunity to win their first Premier League title in over a decade.
‘They won’t get a better time to win the league than this season,’ Allardyce said [per the Metro].
‘A normal season would have seen Leicester, having the season they’ve had, maybe finishing in the top four, which would have been miraculous.
‘But they’ve 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 [Manchester] City, Chelsea and [Manchester] United slip-ups and win the league.
‘But Leicester have shown everybody how to do it.’
Arsenal suffered a 3-3 draw against West Ham United – Allardyce’s former team – on Saturday after taking a 2-0 lead in the game before conceding three straight goals.
Allardyce’s team, however, was beaten in a 2-0 home loss to Leicester City, which in turn sent the Foxes 13 points ahead of Arsenal. The two teams play each other in a rematch later this month. Arsenal won 3-1 at Emirates Stadium earlier this season.