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Eamon Dunphy: You wouldn’t see it in the Phoenix Park – Man City are a disgrace

“The Manchester City story is worse than The Great Train Robbery.”

Published 25/01/2016 | 19:54

Sergio Aguero and David Silva react during the 2-2 draw with West Ham United at Upton Park
Sergio Aguero and David Silva react during the 2-2 draw with West Ham United at Upton Park

Arsenal are the most likely team to win this year’s Premier League, thanks largely to Manchester City’s inability to defend, according to Eamon Dunphy.

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The Gunners continued their miserable record against Chelsea as the Blues took all three points at the Emirates, but remain in joint-second with City after Manuel Pellegrini's side scraped a draw away to West Ham United.

Leicester City remain the team to catch, but while Arsene Wenger’s side have important players to return to their team, the RTE pundit was damning in his asse4ssment of another horror show from the City rearguard in the 2-2 draw at Upton Park.

“They [Arsenal] don’t seem to me at the moment to be a title winning side, and neither do Manchester City,” he told GameOn 2FM.

“City were awful. I think when Arsenal get their players back, Cazorla, Wilshere, and Sanchez in particular, I think they will finish the season like a train and probably win it.”

The outspoken pundit believes Per Mertesacker, sent off in the 1-0 defeat, is a “liability” at the heart of the Arsenal defence, but has even greater reservations surrounding City’s defensive abilities, particularly in the continued absence of captain Vincent Kompany.

“City were a disgrace against West Ham, an absolute disgrace.,” he added.

“The second goal West Ham scored was a long throw which bounced over [Nicolas] Otamendi’s head and he cost €35m. You wouldn’t see it in the Phoenix Park.

“If you did the guy would be hauled off straight away.

“They [Manchester City] bought all these dummies. Don’t forget Mangala, who cost £40m, wasn’t even in the team. Fernando and Fernandinho were also absent.

“The Manchester City story is worse than The Great Train Robbery.”

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