Sam Allardyce would make Arsenal "way better" if he was at the helm instead of Mikel Arteta, says Tony Cascarino.
The Gunners have got off to a nightmare start this season, losing their opening three matches, conceding nine goals and failing to score themselves.
The pressure is well and truly on Arteta amid their woeful run of early form, with next weekend's outing against newly-promoted Norwich likely to be a crucial outing in his tenure.
But Cascarino believes Arsenal would be in better hands if Allardyce was in charge, claiming the 66-year-old would improve the side from a defensive standpoint.
“If you look at what [Allardyce] did to West Brom – I know they went down – but he certainly made them far better defensively,” the former Chelsea and Aston Villa star 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.”
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Arsenal fans were expecting a more positive start to the 2021/22 campaign after spending close to £150million in the summer transfer window.
Ben White arrived in a £50million switch from Brighton, while Martin Odegaard joined in a permanent £30million move from Real Madrid following his loan spell at the club last term.
Gunners technical director Edu has defended their transfer policy over the summer, urging supporters to be patient with Arteta's side this season.
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“We suffered last year because we lost a lot of players and we didn’t really have good back-ups to play games," Edu told Sky Sports.
“I believe we need a squad to win games. We need a squad to be in a good position at the end of the season because it is not only about the first XI. We need a foundation.
“Of course, it has hurt us to be in that situation. We are hurt, I am hurt.
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"I don’t want to see the club there, but I want to see the team playing together. Let’s judge the team when they play together.
“Why are a few clubs around the Premier League just signing one or two players? It’s because they already have the foundation. They already have the team prepared. I’m sorry, but the reality is we don’t.”
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