West Brom Albion coach Sam Allardyce thinks the poor start to Arsenal’s rival in the Premier League football league will leave him at risk of relegation this season.
West Brom, second to last, host Arsenal on January 7 after two encounters with defending champions Liverpool and Leeds United, a newcomer in the busy Christmas period.
Asked about the presence of Arsenal, which are 15th and 14 points in their worst start since the 1974-1975 season, Allardyce told reporters in the relegation struggle, “If it is in the last eight positions at the present time, yes, that is possible.”
The former England coach indicated that Arsenal’s exit from the Carabao Cup after losing 4-1 against Manchester City in the quarter-finals would affect the morale of Mikel Arteta’s side.
Arsenal have lost five of their last seven league matches.
“Losing again, even if not in the league, takes away confidence from Arsenal’s players. It will definitely happen,” Allardyce said.
He continued: “The team will wonder what is happening, they will wonder why they are in this position. They will wonder what must be done to get out of this dilemma.”
He added, “I know what it takes. I hope to find from the players (West Brom) the response to what I say about what I have to do to get out of this impasse. I hope we will put pressure on Arsenal when we face it … and win it or any team among the last eight places.”