Ahead of tonight’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and West Ham at the Emirates, Sam Allardyce has been speaking about his relationship with Arsene Wenger and I’m sure it comes as a surprise to no-one when he admits that they don’t get on.
“We don’t get on. I think way back we had some tussles.
“If we beat Arsenal in the past it was because of the long ball, or we used to get labelled physical. [because you were]
“It was a frustration that used to make me really enjoy the fact that we had beaten and Arsenal team with a Thierry Henry and a Patrick Vieira and players like that.”
“If Arsenal are in top form then they will beat us, however well we play.
“What we have to do is get in among them and stop them playing the free-flowing football they like to play. We saw how Chelsea disrupted them in the first half on Sunday.
“We want to make sure we don’t make life easy for them when they are in possession or they can run us ragged. If we can do that and frustrate the crowd then we have got a chance.”
‘Get among them,’ ‘stop them playing’ – all Allardyce phrases for ‘kick lumps out of them’. And he wonders why his sides were labelled ‘physical’ and Wenger doesn’t like him!
Watch out for the rotational fouling on Wilshere tonight.