Sutton United v Arsenal Preview

Published 18/02/17 

Arsenal head to Gander Green Lane on Monday looking to avoid one of the biggest FA Cup upsets in history against non-league Sutton United.

Paul Doswell's National League side have shocked the nation with superb wins against the likes of AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United to reach the fifth round of the competition.

Sutton's reward is the honour of hosting Arsene Wenger's Premier League heavyweights, with a place in the quarter-finals on offer should they manage to knock the Gunners out on their all-weather 3G pitch.

Arsene Wenger left his future in doubt during Friday's press conference, and the Gunners need a performance following a 5-1 Champions League humbling against Bayern Munich.


Laurent Koscielny could miss Monday's clash after limping out of Arsenal's defeat in Munich on Wednesday, with the defender set for a scan on Friday.

Arsene Wenger is expected to rest a number of first-team regulars at Sutton despite the potential for an upset, but says he will field a "normal team".

Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Jeff Reine-Adelaide both impressed in the last round against Southampton, and will likely be given the chance to make an impression in midfield.

Wenger has (at present) a fully-fit selection of forwards to choose from, so players lacking game time - such as Lucas Perez and Danny Welbeck - will be expected to lead the line.

Sutton boss Paul Doswell admits his side will be "comfortably beaten" if Wenger plays Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, but is hoping for a "one per cent chance" if the French coach fields a team of under-23s.


Sutton: Worne, Amankwaah, Downer, Collins, Spence, Biamou, Eastmond, Bailey, May, Deacon, Gomis

Arsenal : Ospina; Gabriel, Holding, Mustafi, Gibbs; Elneny, Maitland-Niles; Reine-Adelaide, Walcott, Perez; Welbeck

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