Sutton boss Paul Doswell expecting heavy defeat unless Arsenal rest big guns


Sutton now sit 17th in the fifth tier, 105 places below Arsenal in the English football pyramid, and have reached the fifth round for the first time. In truth, City have spent much of their history in the football league. Thirdly if we are not ready for a big fight.

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".

However, the Arsenal players need to be wary of the pitch and the different atmosphere.

Left-back Bramall's ineligibility means that manager Arsene Wenger must decide between first-team defender Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs to fill the void on the left side of defence.

"We went to a Premier League team and got a result after everybody had written us off". The Gunners will also have to deal with Sutton's fans, who will no doubt be piling on the pressure from start to finish.

Would we rather have faced the likes of Millwall or Middlesbrough? And when I arrived here maybe 20 years ago, in division five they were not as fit as they are today.

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It's tough for Jesus to miss out on all that but at least he should be ready for the start of next season. I think it's a game we can give back to the fans.

"One of the greatest bits of advice I ever had was from Ottmar Hitzfeld". When you hate defeat like I hate defeat, it's always tough. My pre-match meal is always a McDonald's - nine nuggets'.

Doswell said he rated his side's chances of following up their giant-killing of Leeds United in the previous round as zero, but hopes that Arsenal help to secure the future of Sutton by donating the TV revenue from the game.

He also won the decisive penalty to set up this fixture so looks a likely source if his team are going to trouble the scorekeeper and better than just some optimistic roll of the betting dice on a seemingly in-form lower league front-man.

Good morning and what a morning it is for the leafy Surrey suburb that is Sutton.

We've already seen the magic of the cup strike once this past weekend, with Lincoln City taking down Burnley to become the first non-League club in 103 years to make the FA Cup quarterfinals.

Sportsmail will be bringing all the best from the build-up right here. "Go and have your day in the sun like we have".