I can only imagine the level of happiness and joy that every fan of Sutton Football Club would be feeling. They must have woken up with butterflies in their stomach, have circled this day in their calendar, cancelled their schedule for today, it is almost like Christmas came twice in a year. That is always the joy of the FA Cup.
This is very different from many gooners, we are still getting out the 5-1 debacle and all the noise about Arsene’s future. In many of our minds, this fixture should just come and go quietly; but this fixture could either increase the pressure on Arsene or just leave things as they are.
This fixture is a must win, and not even a 2-0 win would do. we are talking a emphatic win. however, of all the big sides in England, if there is any side that can bottle this up, it has to be Arsenal (its in our DNA).
The potential excuses have already started lining up: a plastic pitch or risk of potential injuries. however, even if it is a pitch made of thorns, Arsenal should beat this team of part timers. Anything less than a good win, could make Hell a cooler place than the Emirates.
Talking about potential lineups, Wenger must find a team that strikes a balance between experience, talent, youth and players that would not be overawed by the magnitude of the event.
I believe that Martinez should start, Debuchy, Holding, Gabriel, Monreal should make a good defense. The midfield should have a combination of some physicality and guile. i would go for El-Neny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Walcott and The Jeff; the big Giroud up front. Putting Mertesacker from the start in such a ‘small-big’ match could spill back on Wenger’s face, it is a risk too big to take.
Beat Sutton and we face Lincoln, another non-league side, I guess, its not called the Emirates FA Cup for nothing. See you at the end of our 5-0 win, I hope we don’t fall on this banana peel.
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