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Sutton boss doesn't feel sorry for Wenger

Press Association logoPress Association 16/02/2017 By Philip Duncan, Press Association Sport

Sutton United manager Paul Doswell has no sympathy for Arsene Wenger following Arsenal's spectacular collapse against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

Wenger is facing growing calls from the club's disgruntled supporters not to extend his contract which expires at the end of the season following a dismal second-half display in Germany. He told German television a decision on his future would be made in March or April before the clash, in comments which only came to light on Thursday, while the BBC reported any decision would wait until the end of the season.

Sutton will be the next opponents for Arsenal when they travel to the non-league club for the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night.

And while Doswell feels Wenger, who has been in charge at Arsenal since 1996, is being unfairly criticised, he does not feel sorry for the 67-year-old Frenchman.

"Do I feel sympathy for him? No," Doswell said. "He is well schooled, and he has been in the job for 20 years.

"Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Wenger, I don't feel sorry for them at all because they are in the mad world that is football.

"It is not a disgrace. I know the result is going to sound poor and there is going to be an overreaction but when Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid fancy it, you are in real trouble.

"In sport it is about levels and none of the top six English clubs can get near Bayern, Barcelona or Real Madrid. That is a fact.

"Wenger is getting criticised - and I think wrongly - that he doesn't have enough leaders in the dressing room, but he has still managed to qualify for the Champions League for the last 15 years.

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

"It is an open forum to criticise Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, but from our perspective we are just over the moon that they are coming here."

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