The Black Cats host league leaders Leicester City on Sunday and it’s no secret that Allardyce, along with millions of football fans around the world, find the Foxes’ position somewhat startling.
In a season where Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all faltered badly and are well off the pace, without doubt the team who should have profited most were Arsenal.
And Allardyce is keen to let Arsene Wenger know it, telling reporters in the build-up to today's clash with Leicester:
“We were all talking about what a chance for Arsenal, with their squad and players. The fact they always finish top four, are they going to take advantage of the Manchester City slip-ups, the Chelsea slip-ups, the Manchester United slip-ups and win it?” the Sunderland boss questioned in the Sun.
“And they haven’t. Will there be a better time for them to win the league? Not better than this season, no.”
A win for Leicester would momentarily move them ten points clear of Tottenham Hotspur in second, and a whopping 13 points clear of Arsenal with only five games remaining (six for the Gunners).
It would all-but end any slim hopes Arsenal may have of winning the title, yet despite their differences, Allardyce will be hoping to inadvertently help his old foe Wenger with a home win.
Sunderland are in dire need of victories as they battle against relegation, and they will want to take advantage of Norwich City’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace ahead of their trip to Carrow Road next weekend.