Wenger fears slip-up on plastic pitch
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 8:56
Despite the artificial pitch, Arsenal are overwhelming favourites to win the tie and set up a home quarter-final against Lincoln Town - also of the National League - but Wenger, 67, has warned his players not to take Monday evening's match lightly. I'll just remind everyone that we're coming off a 5-0 win against Southampton last round, so if you don't count the Premier League, the managerial rumors, and the Özil criticism, we look pretty good!
Playing at Sutton United, though, will be a step into the unknown for the pampered millionaires from Arsenal, browbeaten by the 5-1 Champions League loss in Germany.
The Cowleys have come through the non-league ranks, forging their reputation with Essex minnows Concord Rangers before taking Braintree to third in the National League, and moving on to Lincoln last summer. "We were wrong with our judgment if we think, because of Liverpool, it's only about confidence", Pochettino told British media.
The last time Spurs played Millwall in the FA Cup was back in 1966-67, when they went on to lift the silverware after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the first all-London final at Wembley Stadium.
"It just shows that anything is possible in the FA Cup and in football".
And after being thrashed 4-0 earlier in the season in the Premier League, Manchester United will be looking for revenge and they will be determined to get the win as they look to retain their FA Cup trophy. "They won't need picking up or motivating", said Lambert.
The likes of non-league Lincoln and Sutton have both progressed to the fifth round, while Millwall, Oxford, Fulham and Wolves have all knocked out teams from higher divisions. As usual, Arsenal are in the contention for top four (currently fourth) but if they do not hold their nerve in the tougher encounters, they can drop out of that permanent zone.
Manchester City, away to Championship high-flyers Huddersfield, will be without Gabriel Jesus after the striker, who had scored three goals in as many league games since his January arrival, broke a metatarsal bone in a league win at Bournemouth.
"It's just awesome really, because when I left there I didn't think I'd play against Arsenal again ever in my career", Eastmond, who has suffered plenty of injuries in his career, told Reuters at a media day. "When I lose games, of course it's hard to take".
'Sutton, I have heard, have a wet pitch which they water before the game and is quicker.
Deacon spent a decade at Arsenal, and the picture of him signing professional terms for the Premier League club, in which he is flanked by Arsene Wenger and his parents, still takes pride of place in the family home.