Sutton United prepare for visit of Arsenal

The winner will play Lincoln City in the FA Cup quarter-final

BY Simon Maguire 13:44 Monday 20 February 2017, 13:44 20 Feb 2017

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Sutton United's preperations for the visit of Premier League giants Arsenal are well under way ahead of their fifth round clash on Monday.

The winners will advance to a home quarter-final match against Lincoln City. 

Arsene Wenger has been critical of the 3G artificial pitch used by the hosts tonight, highlithing it as his biggest concern ahead of the match, saying: “Firstly, the pitch. Secondly, their enthusiasm. Thirdly if we are not ready for a big fight. Subconsciously if we think ‘no matter, it’s a non-league team, we will pass’, that will not happen. Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch."

Sutton have been busy upgrading thier ground where possible ahead of tonight's tie in what will be the first competitive meeting between the sides.

The minnows have won nine of their ten league games at home. 

Arsenal are looking to bounce back from their humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in Germany last week.

Sitting 10 points behind runaway Premier League leaders Chelsea and on the brink of elimination from the Champions League, Arsenal might see the FA Cup as their only realistic chance to win silverware this season. 

Kick-off tonight is at 19:55. 


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