Arsenal in danger of relegation, says West Brom’s Allardyce

Arsenal in danger of relegation, says West Brom’s Allardyce

On Tuesday night, Arsenal suffered a fourth defeat in six games.

Speaking after Saturday's 2-1 loss at Everton, Arteta admitted talk of relegation was only natural for a team in the position Arsenal are in. Their slide has been dramatic and now some of their rivals have weighed in on the debate on whether the North London side are now in a relegation battle.

"I think he's putting down a marker there, I know Jake well, he's a great lad, he's done a bad tackle and he has to pay the price for that but I'm sure Sam Allardyce will need him in the next upcoming games when he's available". Bolton were regularly competing for European places under Allardyce and always seemed to upset Arsene Wenger's men whenever the two sides clashed.

Asked if he saw Arsenal as a rival in the battle for Premier League survival, Allardyce said: "If they are in the bottom eight at the moment, yes".

"They've only won maybe one in the last 10 or so, and it appears their big results have come in the Europa League".

Mikel Arteta's 15th-placed side faces Chelsea on Boxing Day, followed by trips to Brighton and Hove Albion and West Brom, two of the teams below them in the table.

The former club captain has also insisted he will not walk away from his role, and Allardyce said he will be shocked with Arsenal's league position.

"Getting beaten [by Manchester City], even though it is not in the Premier League, as it would do with ours, drains the confidence of Arsenal's players", Allardyce said.

"Because they'll be wondering what has hit them, why they are down there, and what it is going to take to get out of that position".

West Brom's interest dates from well before the arrival of Sam Allardyce at The Hawthorns.

95-time Nigeria global Musa allegedly agreed terms with the Premier League strugglers over the summer but, at the time, Al Nassr were reluctant to part with a player they invested £15 million in two years ago.

"We will try to beat them, or anybody in the bottom eight".

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