Big Sam - West Ham manager, bon vivant, geezer who is mostly made of spit and gravy - has laid a big ol' size ten into Arsenal's grumpy Gallic patriarch Arsene Wenger.
He's not really one who should be picking shots but, in true Allardyce fashion, he's launched one right into #GoonerFamily's box and criticised the hell out of him in his Express column. Fair play, lad. Fair play:
Arsene Wenger’s change of culture at Arsenal was a major success. Getting players like Ian Wright and Tony Adams to change their way of thinking, coupled with his buying policy, was amazing.
His first five years were amazing. But I don’t know what happened to him after that.
He seemed to change his whole ethos – I don’t know if it was because he had the new stadium to pay for, you will have to ask him.
It became all about smaller, pretty footballer than it did about the big hard talented footballers who won the ball and won him the key games.
Never mind being able to play, they could mix it, too. He was challenging Manchester United on a regular basis and went a whole season without being beaten. They were fantastic.
Then all of a sudden this change of culture happened where every midfielder seemed to be 5ft 8in and they lost that steel.