Arsene Wenger is very good at getting his team to beat teams they're expected to beat.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 29, 2014
Was the former Tottenham Hotspur and England ace mocking the overraction to the Gunners' victory over lowly West Brom, or was he handing the French coach a backhanded compliment?
Well, over the years and under the guidance of Wenger, the Emirates outfit have often been labelled as flat-track bullies for their ability to consistently beat – and beat well – the Premier League’s strugglers.
This season, after 13 matches the Gunners have five victories on the board and there is a striking resemblance with each of their downed opponents – they sit in the bottom eight.
In contrast, Wenger’s side have played against six of the top 10 teams and have yet to win a match, drawing three and losing the other three.
While one record doesn’t make for pretty reading, from a positive perspective Wenger’s ability to consistently get results against stubborn opposition such as the Baggies is rather impressive.
As the comments on social media were coming in thick and fast, former Spurs ace and football pundit Lineker made his remark on Twitter which immediately drew a number of talking points.
The victory at the Hawthorns took the North London club momentarily back into the Champions League spots, but victories for West Ham United and Manchester United have consigned them to sixth place.
The Emirates outfit are still heavy favourites to make the top four, but to transform the club into title challengers Wenger may need to adopt a different strategy when taking on the Premier League’s best.