Why Liverpool fans should support Arsenal, not Sutton United, this evening
- Author: Desiree Holland Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 0:47
The sides contest a spot in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday evening, with Sutton's Gander Green Lane an unusual setting for the pampered Premier League visitors. A player when I managed for the first time at 33 or 34 said that after our first defeat I threw up.
Wenger accepted Arsenal had "collapsed mentally" against Bayern and Gunners defender Laurent Koscielny, who went off injured four minutes into the second half with the score at 1-1, could not explain why. Thirdly, there is a danger that we are not ready mentally for a big fight.
The Gunners will now face more non-league opposition in the quarter-finals with Burnley's conquerors Lincoln City to go to the Emirates Stadium next month.
For Sutton, it is a massive moment for them and their manager Paul Doswell will be eyeing to field the best team available.
Arsene Wenger fielded a few first team stars in the line up which included Theo Walcott, Mohamed Elneny Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Paulista and Shkodran Mustafi, while Alexis Sanchez was named on the bench.
"I never thought I would play Arsenal, but that is part of being a footballer and playing against a team you support".More news: DuPont, Chemours agree to $670.7M settlement in C8 cases
Urgent patchwork has been undertaken all week at Sutton's Gander Green Lane, right down to the very fine details.
In fact, they were nearly brought level after a horrific mistake by Arsenal keeper Ospina, who passed the ball straight to May on the edge of the box.
He told The Sun: 'My diet has got me to where I am today! But there is a world of difference between facing the German champions and taking on the National League side so realistically it is hard to fancy the hosts.
Sutton have been on a magical run in the FA Cup having knocked out the likes of AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United and have been one of the stories of the season. I am not the best eater.
"One of the greatest bits of advice I ever had was from Ottmar Hitzfeld".
The under-fire Frenchman has taken no risks in readying his players for a game which they are expected to win, but where the consequences of defeat are nearly too dire to contemplate. Stick with us throughout the day to make sure you're up to date.