Wenger starts at the bottom as Arsenal rehabilitation begins
- Author: Kyle Warner Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 0:46
Theo Walcott and Lucas Perez were on target as Arsenal booked their place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win at Sutton United this evening.
"What would Arsene Wenger say?!"
Nacho Monreal spurned a good chance to make it 2-0 nearly immediately, but his poor first touch down the left of the area gave Worner an opportunity to narrow the angle before making the save. Manager Paul Doswell, 45, and his players secured superb wins against AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United in previous rounds and nobody will be counting them out.
Sutton United has become the talk of the town ahead of their upcoming clash with Arsenal in the FA Cup. If that will be enough to see them through to the quarterfinals or even force a replay at the Emirates, remains to be seen.
Some poor play from David Ospina allowed Adam May a huge chance to draw things level in the dying minutes of the first half, but the Portsmouth loanee failed to get his shot on target as Arsenal escaped.
The north London club's Premier League title challenge was snuffed out not long ago by Chelsea, before their hopes of progressing in the Champions League were dashed this week. Thanks to the 5-1 loss to the Bavarians, who are also not enjoying their best form recently, Arsenal can prepare themselves for yet another exit from Europe's most prestigious tournament.
We can be sure that the players will be highly motivated, and will do everything they can to cause an even bigger upset, than fellow fifth-tier club Lincoln City, who progressed to the next round after beating Burnley at Turf Moor.
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"I never thought I would play Arsenal, but that is part of being a footballer and playing against a team you support".
Manager Paul Lambert claims a meeting with the Premier League leaders is the ideal game for his side and he is drawing on some advice from Ottmar Hitzfeld - his boss at Borussia Dortmund.
It seems incredibly unfair that Arsene Wenger's 20-year spell in charge of the Gunners could come down to 90 minutes on a Monday night in front of a crowd of 5,000 but that is what we are all led to believe as the football media whips everyone into a frenzy.
"The support we had has been incredible".
Pep Guardiola's decision over a replacement is complicated by the looming Champions League last 16 first leg tie at home to French club Monaco, on Tuesday.
Holders Manchester United face a trip to Premier League leaders Chelsea in the most high-profile last-eight tie.