Cascarino names the manager Arsenal’s defence needs at the moment

Tony Cascarino claims Sam Allardyce is the manager that Arsenal needs at the moment as they struggle for form, particularly at the back.

The Gunners have backed Mikel Arteta to turn them into a top club in England again and have signed players he wants in the last few transfers windows.

Yet they have started this campaign poorly and have shipped nine goals from their opening three league games of the season, scoring none.

This form is that of a club heading for relegation and if they don’t start winning games and moving up the Premier League table, things could get worse for them.

Arteta joined Arsenal as a rookie manager and making him their boss is a gamble that some fans believe hasn’t worked and they are hoping the club sack him and bring in a proven boss to lead the rebuild of the squad.

Cascarino has now said they should bring Allardyce in to help make their team better, especially in defence.

“If you look at what he did to West Brom, I know they went down, but he certainly made them far better defensively,” Cascarino told talkSport.

“He’d make Arsenal way better. I know some Arsenal fans don’t care about that, they want their teams to have flair, but I think Sam would undoubtedly do a better job than Arteta is doing at the moment.”

Tags Sam Allardyce Tony Cascarino


  1. All i know is that the MA Project was a huge and unnecessary gamble from the beginning. Hiring someone with zero managerial experience by a big club was insane. I supported him as long as i could especially after winning the FA Cup but finishing 8th place twice in a row and now last place losing 3 in a row means to me that we need an experienced manager

    1. I disagree. There is nothing “insane” about it. The lack of experience evidently would have been a risk but that must have been taken into consideration.
      With the previous ‘experienced’ managers even though Arsenal’s league places were better the team was going nowhere and many fans were complaining. It has now become much clearer that the squad we had was inadequate to challenge for major honors.
      It is also worth considering that having an ‘experienced’ manager is no guarantee of success.
      Having backed the manager to get rid of him at this point would really make no sense.
      There is a clear strategy in place. We now need to see how the team performs over the next few months.

      1. Tell me this David what big club would hire a number 2 with no managerial experience? The football we play is the perfect antidote for insomnia and just in case you haven’t noticed we are bottom of the table, was the team bottom under Unai Emery with a much weaker squad? Can you say right now the team is going somewhere? Yes the championship is more likely than top 4. If MA turns it around I will be first to praise him but from what I’ve seen I seen nothing to suggest he will.

  2. We will know if Sam Allardyce is required if Arsenal are still languishing in 20th place or at best 15th come November.

  3. An Arsene Wenger cardboard cutout would do a better job than Arteta but it is what it is unfortunately. Let’s just hope performances improve fast and he somehow proves us all wrong 🙂

  4. Worst arsenal sq in 50 ysr wast a lot of money need a young George Graham kick out the greedy players don’t deserve to wear the shirt of arsenal

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