Following his dismissal from Everton at the end of last season erstwhile England manager Sam Allardyce has been popping up here and there as he plots his next move/waits for some relegation threatened team to sack their manager. On Goals On Sunday over the weekend the former Bolton manager was on the defensive (there's a surprise) over his perceived negative tactics whilst on Merseyside, and speaking on Talksport the 63-year-old wasted no time in laying into new Arsenal boss Unai Emery over his tactics against Manchester City on Sunday.
Arsenal lost 2-0 to Pep Guardiola's troops on Sunday and never really looked like getting anything out of the game. After the match Allardyce pointed his finger squarely at the newly installed manager:
It is the manager’s fault.
Don’t ask somebody to do against Man City what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t play out like that against Manchester City.
What do Manchester City do? They press, press, press so why do you try and play out when they press, press, press?
Even the Arsenal crowd cheered when Cech dropped one in the opposition’s half.
We are getting obsessed with this stupid ‘let’s play out from the back, split the centre halves either side of the 18-yard box and go and play from there’… it’s utter rubbish to play like that all of the time.
“When you’re the best at it then you can do it.
'We are OBSESSED with this STUPID way of playing!' ?
Sam Allardyce isn't a fan of teams playing it out from the back...
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— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) August 13, 2018
Harsh words from Allardyce, Emery surely more than one professional game at the club before people can start calling his tactics 'rubbish'.
If only Allardyce himself had taken over from Arsene Wenger he could have 'out tacticted' Guardiola to an opening day win for the Gunners.