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Sutton United boss pokes the bear ahead of Arsenal visit

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SUTTON, GREATER LONDON - FEBRUARY 16: Paul Doswell manager of Sutton United poses during a Sutton United FA Cup media day on February 16, 2017 at the Borough Sports Ground in Sutton, Greater London. Sutton United are due to face Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup Fifth round on 20 February. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

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Sutton United manager Paul Doswell is getting the most from his five minutes of fame.

The unpaid non-league boss is preparing to host Premier League giants Arsenal at Gander Green Lane for an FA Cup fifth round tie on Monday, and is speaking plainly regarding his opponents.

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Arsenal was waxed by Bayern Munich in the first leg of an UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match on Wednesday, and Doswell says he has no sympathy for Arsene Wenger (though he believes the longtime Gunners boss shouldn’t be taking flak for the blowout).

He also notably said he believes none of the Premier League clubs could contend with Bayern. From Sky Sports:

“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.”

However, Doswell believes Wenger has been unfairly criticised given his consistent record in the Premier League.

“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,” he said.

Doswell also said that Sutton United is “over the moon” to welcome Wenger and the Gunners. Have to wonder whether this doesn’t have all the makings of a memorably big blowout.

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