Sutton's Paul Doswell: Arsene Wenger critics harsh but I don't have sympathy

Ross Houston
February 17, 2017

Sutton United head coach Paul Doswell says he feels no sympathy for Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger.

Sutton will be the next opponents for Arsenal when they travel to the non-league club for the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup on Monday night, and while Doswell feels Wenger is being unfairly criticised, he does not feel sorry for the 67-year-old.

National League side Sutton host one of the country's most formidable sides at Gander Green Lane next week hoping to pull off an upset that would rank among the greatest in FA Cup history.

Wenger's side were 5-0 winners against Southampton at St Mary's in the fourth round thanks to Theo Walcott's hat-trick, while their Non-League opponents eased to a 1-0 victory over Leeds United.

An FA Cup exit at Sutton would be absolutely disastrous, and so with or without Koscielny, the Gunners are going to have to find a way to win and win well. If it was a boxing match it wouldn't be allowed.

But Doswell is not about to play fair just because an esteemed coach has been given a hiding.

'Then Bayern Munich went into Bayern Munich mode and in fairness I think they would have beaten any Premier League team'.

As they look set to fall short yet again in their pursuit of a major trophy, the pressure is really on Wenger and after spending the majority of his press conference on Friday responding to questions about his future, he was keen to insist that the priority for now remains what happens on the pitch until the end of the season.

"The best result for the players would be a 0-0 - for you lot probably a 3-3 or 2-2", he added.

A draw would send Wenger spiralling deeper into crisis, though Doswell, who will hand the Arsenal boss a £300 bottle of wine when he meets him on Monday, feels that numerous Frenchman's critics have gone overboard.

"I would rather be in Arsenal's position than Manchester United's, who are playing in the Europa League".

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