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Eamon Dunphy Pulled Out A Superb Reference In His Biting Criticism Of Arsene Wenger

Eamon Dunphy Pulled Out A Superb Reference In His Biting Criticism Of Arsene Wenger
By Mikey Traynor

If you read RTÉ pundit Eamon Dunphy's column in The Star this week, then going in you would perhaps have been expecting a few shots to be aimed at Arsene Wenger after his side let a two-goal lead slip at Upton park, but there is very little chance that you would have seen a reference to 'Any Given Sunday' coming.

But sure enough, that's exactly what you would have found, as Dunphy compared the Arsenal boss to Tony D'Amato, the head coach of the Miami Sharks, played by Al Pachino, in the hit American football film.

Dunphy argued that Wenger bears a striking resemblance to D'Amato, who struggled to adapt his tried and trusted methods to a changing league, and while many Arsenal fans would have been upset at the start of the season, you get the feeling that many would no agree with Dunphy's observation after what has happened since.

I thought Arsenal were still in the title race but they're gone now.

You can make a case for Wenger being a Premier League version of D'Amato. A hugely successful coach who lost his touch and keeps making the same mistakes... rings a bell, doesn't it?

If Arsenal - as looks increasingly likely - aren't crowned champions this season, it is an indictment of Wenger's methods. This should have been a great opportunity for the Gunners, given the troubles of both Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool. Instead, Arsenal have done what they have always done in the last decade.

The real question is do you think he watched the movie with John Giles and Liam Brady? We can only hope.


Although Wenger doesn't strike us as the type to launch into a "game of inches" speech if things aren't going his way, we were pleasantly surprised by this suggestion by Dunphy.

Next week we'll lose our minds if he tells us why Claudio Ranieri is taking inspiration from Denzel Washington in Remember The Titans.

[via Independent.ie]


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