Arsenal followers take consolation in sending Sam Allardyce to the championship as Saka stands out once more
By Conor Laird
Released: May 9, 2021, 9:36 p.m.
Last update: May 9, 2021, 9:50 p.m.
Arsenal prevailed against West Bromwich Albion tonight and fans of the club have now reached out on social media to poke fun at Sam Allardyce.
Willian breaks his duck
The Gunners were back in action recently.
Mikel Arteta and Co. welcomed West Brom to the Emirates for a clash in the Premier League.
The matchup was, in truth, of little concern to the hosts, who were playing for pride on the back of an embarrassing exit from Europe during the week.
The visiting Baggies, however, were aware that if they lost that evening, they would be confirmed relegation to the championship.
And that's exactly what happened when everything was said and done in north London.
In an entertaining affair, Arsenal eventually emerged on the right-hand side of a 3-1 standings and climbed back via Leeds to ninth place in the English top table.
Emile Smith Rowe opened the game just before the half-hour and hit Bukayo Saka's delivery from the left to score his first Premier League goal:
Hard season, but these youngsters have continued to shine through
Could the future be better for Arsenal? Pic.twitter.com/UV7YrkpxSf
– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 9, 2021
Nicolas Pepe was next, turning a breathtaking effort over the clutches of Sam Johnstone into the top corner of the visitor net.
West Brom managed to pull one back a little over twenty minutes from time as Matheus Pereira continued to impress with the 10th goal of a good single campaign.
But Arsenal dashed any hope of a comeback in the final moments of the matchup when Willian scored the first goal of his stint with the Gunners thanks to an excellent free kick.
Willian … scores!
His FIRST goal for Arsenal, a wonderful free kick 💫
Nice finish 👏 pic.twitter.com/3EHrVvkUVC
– Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 9, 2021
Saka with / Allardyce as a target
After the end of the action in the capital, however, neither Willian nor the other scorers Smith Rowe or Pepe received the praise.
Instead it was the young Bukayo Saka.
The 19-year-old was forced into an awkward left-back tonight as Kieran Tierney wasn't fit enough for a second straight start.
And, it seems, no matter where he plays, Saka thoroughly impressed, leading to a number of eye-catching statistics about the making of Arsenal's crown jewel:
19 – Bukayo Saka has made 19 assists in all competitions for @Arsenal, the most player in the club since debuting in November 2018. Resourceful.
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 9, 2021
Saka has assisted or scored goals from left-back, right-back, central midfield, right and left winger this season.
– Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) May 9, 2021
Aside from Saka praise, Gunners believers have also used social media in their numbers for a completely different reason.
This is because supporters of Mikel Arteta's men found solace in another hugely overwhelming campaign when they sent a team led by Sam Allardyce back to the championship for the first time in his managerial career:
A Willian gateway to the descent of Sam Allardyce 🤩
– leigh (@leigh___michael) May 9, 2021
Seeing Sham Allardyce go down is as good as a trophy
– Gooner Mattata (@MattiePowell) May 9, 2021
Sam Allardyce's descent is actually one of our biggest highlights of the season. How far did we fall
– Chris Godfrey (@ChrisPJGodfrey) May 9, 2021
Arteta is the first manager to relegate Sam Allardyce
Respect my headlamp's name pic.twitter.com/3nFa3aApHq
– Jack my Grealish (@ OrionPax6969) May 9, 2021 no
December 2020 – Sam Allardyce on whether Arsenal (15th in the Premier League at the time) were West Brom's rivals at the bottom of the table: “Absolutely! You will wonder what hit her. "
May 2021 – Arsenal beat West Brom 3-1 and were relegated from the Premier League. # Afc pic.twitter.com/fReKyzFVcf
– afcstuff (@afcstuff) May 9, 2021
2003 – Sam Allardyce's Bolton knocked Arsene Wenger's arsenal off the pitch, damaging our hopes for the title.
2011 – Wenger signs Mikel Arteta
2019 – Arteta becomes Arsenal manager
2021 – Arteta's Arsenal are relegated to Allardyce for the first time.
He's … he did it again !! pic.twitter.com/ja0WKUNIDf
– Londons Red, Bitches (@LondonsRedFb) May 9, 2021
Sam Allardyce has never been relegated from the Premier League to this day
– أمين (@jackhatesmelol) May 9, 2021
You can keep your Premier League, Top 4 and Europa League. Sam Allardyce's relegation is what football is about. Pic.twitter.com/4NRp2kpMRz
– The Bald Gooner (@TheBaldGooner) May 9, 2021
Look, we can all hate this season … but Sam Allardyce's first descent brings a little satisfaction.
– Le Grove (@LeGrove) May 9, 2021
Mikel Arteta is the only manager who relegates Sam Allardyce. 3 more Twitter points for Arsenal as we approach the Twitter PL title! 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/SB6jWGm5Kk
– Bhavs (@ bhavss14) May 9, 2021
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