To say that Sutton United are excited about the prospect of welcoming Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup would be the understatement of the year. The National League side, based in South London, are guaranteed a windfall from the TV Revenue that will come their way as a result of netting such a big fish, not to mention the excitement that will surround the club as a result of the tie.
Unable to hide his excitement was Sutton’s long time Manager Paul Doswell, who said, “It is unbelievable. I’ve watched the draw at home with all my kids and it was a screaming fest when Arsenal came out. It’s incredible. I have just picked myself back up off the floor – a plum, plum game for us against one of the best sides in England, if not Europe. To imagine Arsenal will be coming to our stadium, our Gander Green Lane little fortress, is just incredible.”
The veteran boss, who has been at the club since 2008, added, “We talked about the Wimbledon game being our Cup final, then the Leeds game being like the European Cup final, so this is going to be like the World Cup final. It is as big as that for us.”
Interestingly, Sutton boast three former Arsenal players in their ranks – Roarie Deacon, Craig Eastmond and Jeffrey Monakana – who will no doubt relish the prospect of taking on the Gunners.