West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce "surprised" by Arsenal's dip this season

Sam Allardyce the West Ham manager looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and West Ham United at the Stadium of Light on March 31, 2014
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West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce admits that he has been "surprised" by Arsenal's fall out of the Premier League title race.

West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce has admitted that Arsenal's drop out of the Premier League title race has come as a shock to him this season.

The Gunners were leading the way in the early stages of the campaign, but are now 13 points behind first-placed Liverpool in the table.

Allardyce believes that injury blows to Theo Walcott, Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil have contributed to the Gunners' decline this season.

"I have been surprised by Arsenal's dip this year," Allardyce told reporters. "I really fancied that they would go right to the end. We've seen a decline in Arsenal and an increase and uplift in Liverpool.

"Look at his injury list and you can see why - there is no doubt about that. Even though they have top players, the amount of players who have been missing recently has disrupted the squad and the flow of the team. The injuries have had an affect."

West Ham and Arsenal will go head to head at the Emirates this evening.

Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger walks off at the end of the Barclays Pemier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at the Britannia Stadium on March 1, 2014
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