West Brom boss insists Arsenal are fellow relegation battlers

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14 round of matches have been played so far in the Premier League, as we approach the halfway point of the 2020-21 season.

Chelsea’s next opponent in the league is London rivals Arsenal, but the Gunners are having a very bad season so far.

Mikel Arteta’s side are 15th in the Premier League and have been in terrible form since the start of November.

Arsenal suffered their third defeat in four games on Tuesday night as they were beaten 4-1 by Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, and they are yet to get a Premier League victory in 7 games.

After playing Chelsea this weekend, Arsenal will face 19th placed West Brom next week, and newly appointed Baggies boss Sam Allardyce has insisted that Arsenal are in the relegation battle as well, as they lie just four points above the bottom three.

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. Absolutely.”

Allardyce added: “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.

“They will be wondering what has hit them. They will be wondering why they are down there. They will be wondering what it takes to get out of that position. I know what it takes. I hope to convince my players to respond to that.”

He further stated: “I hope we can push at Arsenal, when we play them, because they have a lack of confidence.

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

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