The Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill thinks that his team can heap more misery on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal by knocking the Gunners out of the FA Cup today, but he doesn’t understand the stick that Wenger is getting from the TV pundits and Arsenal fans.
“I’m not here to defend Arsène Wenger. He doesn’t need defending by me, who isn’t his favourite character,” O’Neill said. “Very little surprises me in the game now but I am surprised at the criticism surrounding him. His influence on English football has been immense.