Arsenal get unbelievable potential draw with Lincoln in FA Cup Quarters

Despite the Gunners’ season being in complete tatters this year, Arsenal continue to get excellent draws in the FA Cup with a second consecutive non-League opponent in the form of Lincoln City if they can beat Sutton United tonight.

Lincoln City became the first non-league side in 103 years to reach the Quarter-finals of the FA Cup when they stunned Burnley 1-0 on Saturday. Continue reading

Sutton boss: “This is going to be like the World Cup final”

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.” Continue reading

Sutton United Assistant Manager Stevens: “It is a fantastic draw”

Sutton United Assistant Manager Micky Stevens said he was excited about the prospect of taking on Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round next month.

Stevens said, “I have had to come and sit down, I cannot quite believe that but we will take that. I am a life-long Chelsea fan so I had my fingers crossed for that but it cannot be much better. Craig Eastmond and Roarie Deacon have both been involved at Arsenal in their younger days and I have never seen them jump up and down as much.” Continue reading

Arsenal get Sutton United in FA Cup draw

Arsenal will make the long journey from the North to the South, of London that is, to take on National League side Sutton United in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The Gunners, 12 time champions of the competition, including a record six times under Manager Arsene Wenger, will be relishing the prospect of being able to rotate their squad once again and use fringe players when they take on a side they will be expected to comfortably beat in Sutton United. Continue reading

Wenger full of praise for ‘sharp’ Welbeck

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger’s decision to start Danny Welbeck in today’s game against Southampton in the FA Cup paid rich dividends as the England international scored two early goals to put the Gunners on the way to powering into the fifth round of the competition.

Wenger made the intelligent call of starting Welbeck on the left wing, where his work rate and pace could make a real difference to the game, whilst also taking the pressure off the returning forward as he didn’t stick him in the middle from where he would be expected to lead the line and grab goals. Continue reading