Doswell’s Sutton United side are the next major hurdle that under-fire Wenger confronts on Monday night in the FA Cup after their Champions League nightmare at Bayern Munich.
Arsene and his team will arrive in Surrey to find poky dressing rooms, a roof that leaks – and an artificial pitch waiting.
But United manager Doswell, who watched on television in his lounge as Arsenal’s night fell apart on Wednesday night, is not wasting any thoughts on Wenger.
Paul Doswell has no sympathy at all for Arsene Wenger
Sutton beat AFC Wimbledon and Leeds to set up a fairytale fifth round tie against Arsenal
His team have beaten Football League sides Cheltenham, AFC Wimbledon and Leeds to set up this fairytale fifth round tie and he said: “Do I feel any sympathy for Wenger? No.
“He’s well schooled, had 20 years in the job. People like Sir Alex Ferguson, Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, or Wenger, I don’t feel sorry for them at all – they are in that mad world of football.
“When we beat Coventry here in 1989, they had the likes of Brian Kilcline at centre half – proper players.
Inside Arsenal's changing room for away clash at Sutton United
Mon, January 30, 2017
Arsenal face a trip to non-league side Sutton United for their fifth round FA Cup clash and this is the changing room they'll use…
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“Nowadays they are movie stars, the players who refuse to play in certain games if they don’t like the changing rooms and the toilets. They don’t like the League Cup apparently any more.
“Managers now have to treat players differently. Wenger is getting criticised, I think wrongly, that he does not have enough leaders in the dressing room. But he has still managed to qualify for the Champions League for the last 19 years. I’d rather be in Arsenal’s position than Manchester United’s, in the Europa League.”
Sutton are in talks with Arsenal to see if they can get the Premier League club to donate their share of the television and gate receipts, which could amount to some £287,000, back to the Surrey club. Arsenal have indicated they are willing, but the deal has to have the approval of the FA.
Arsene Wenger will be under pressure to get a result against Sutton
Doswell, whose club stand to make some £500,000 anyway from this astonishing Cup run, said: “Why do you think I am giving Arsene a £300 bottle of red wine on the night? There is method to my madness.
“My brother, who is a lot richer than me, has a nice bottle of wine for him. If Arsenal can find a way of donating that money, they can just go and buy those changing rooms for the kids for us. That would be life changing for this club.
“This money anyway means we can get the roof fixed and a new boiler. We will be able to refurbish the whole club and get the academy sorted out. The chairman also said we can have two more bulbs for each floodlight!”