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Danny Welbeck set to miss Arsenal clash vs Sutton United

Danny Welbeck set to miss Arsenal clash vs Sutton United

'Ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch.

Arsene Wenger has admitted he is anxious about Sutton's plastic pitch.

Doswell also wish fellow National League club Lincoln well against Arsenal in the quarterfinals. "You have to give them credit".

Competition is about dealing with what you face, and against Sutton we face an artificial pitch.

Sutton entered the tournament in the first round in November and have already upset fourth-tier Cheltenham Town, third-tier AFC Wimbledon and Championship promotion-chasers Leeds United.

Arsene Wenger is facing what could be one of the most testing times of his career as Arsenal manager going into the clash against the non-league side.

It will be a particularly special occasion for Sutton trio Craig Eastmond, Roarie Deacon and Jeffrey Monakana, all of whom came through the youth ranks at Arsenal.




Lincoln City's Potteries-born striker is hoping Arsenal win - for the first time in his life - when they meet Sutton United in the fifth round tonight. A fixture only the FA Cup can serve up. The expectation level gets higher.

Sutton will head into the match against Arsenal on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Guiseley away from home in the National League.

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. With a 5-1 drubbing by Bayern Munich on Wednesday fresh in their minds, Arsenal are on a hiding to nothing with this "no win" draw.

Arsene Wenger has been playing a mixture of youth and experience throughout the Gunners run in the FA Cup this season and is likely to stick with the same approach.

Paul Bean, who was one of the 3,200 travelling fans who went to Burnley, said: "It will be great to go to a different ground and a chance to go to the Emirates [if Arsenal win tomorrow] will be great".

If Arsenal's problems weren't bad enough, on Monday evening they must negotiate a tricky FA Cup tie on Sutton United's plastic pitch.

It was a circumspect start to the match as the visitors tried to adapt to the artifical surface and though they saw most of the possession, the hosts' goal was never really under threat until they fell behind in the 26th minute.

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