The main thing for Arsenal to get done today was to reach the quarter-finals of the FA cup, which we did, against the National League club Sutton United who were really keeping the magic of the cup alive after beating Leeds United in the last round.
Well if Arsenal do end up being on the wrong end of one of the biggest upsets ever in the long history of football’s oldest cup competition then Arsene Wenger will have a lot of questions to answer over his team selection for this evening’s away tie against Sutton United.
No matter how much blame you allocate to Arsene Wenger for the poor performances of Arsenal this season in big games like the home defeat by Watford, the limp display away to Chelsea and most obviously the complete battering at the hands of Bayern Munich, you must realise that the manager does not send the side out with instructions to play poorly or not put much effort in.
After4 all that has happened with Arsenal Football Club already this season, especially in the last few weeks in which back to back defeats to Watford and Chelsea ended any realistic hopes of the Premier League title and the humiliating hammering away to Bayern Munich left us needing a miracle to stay in the Champions League, a lot of Arsenal fans will not be happy with anything less than a heavy win over National Lea\gue club Sutton United in the FA cup tonight.
It is definitely going to be a very special night for all the Sutton United players and fans when Arsenal come to Gander Green Lane this evening, but for one Sutton player it is going to be a dream come true. Craig Eastmond joined the Gunners at just 11 years old and was part of the Arsenal team that did the Youth Cup and Premier League Academy double in 2008-09, but as with many of our starlets never quite made the grade in the Premier League.
Today Arsenal have to travel down the road to face non-League side Sutton United, which may look like an easy tie on paper, but after seeing another non-league side, Lincoln, knock out Burnley on Saturday, we can not take an easy win for granted. The FA Cup is littered with giant-killings over the years, and it is worth remembering that Sutton beat Leeds United in the last round, and that is all part of the magic of the competition, as long as it doesn’t happen to your team!
As usual at this time of year the long-suffering Arsenal supporters start protesting about Arsene Wenger’s lack of trophies over the last decade, and just like every other season, Wenger and the Board just shrug it off as a “tiny minority” of real Arsenal fans.
Arsenal have been given the easiest possible draw to reach the semi-final stage of the FA Cup, so why am I not totally convinced?
The Gunners face Conference Premier League side Sutton United on Monday, and following Sunday’s draw, a win would pair them up with fellow Conference Premier side Lincoln in the following round.