What is Allardyce up to? I know he loves putting one over on Wenger, proving that the science of a haymaker punch can flatten the best technical boxer in the world, but I can't see the sense in goading him about his sub standard strikers BEFORE we play them tonight!
The Arsenal forwards looked pretty decent at Upton Park, and I don't remember watching the second half thinking, "My God they're missing Van Persie". In fact, after Walcott came on, I was praying for the final whistle to keep the score down!
Wenger won't need to give a team talk tonight, all he has to do is pin Allardyce's comments up on the dressing room wall, and invite in a team of translators. Folly I fear on Allardyce's part. Maybe the imminent Diame defection has got under his skin and he has lost his sense of perspective.