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Big Guns All Drawn Away In FA Cup Fifth-Round Draw

FA Cup Fifth Round DrawSutton United were reeling in disbelief and talking giddily about their ‘World Cup final’ after being drawn to face Arsenal at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The National League part-timers, who dumped Leeds out of the Cup on Sunday, will face Arsene Wenger’s 12-time winners at Gander Green Lane.

Besides the prestige of Wenger bringing his illustrious Arsenal team to play on Sutton’s artificial surface, this tie is sure to be selected as one of the five which will be shown live on TV. This alone will bring another windfall of nearly £250,000 to the non-league side.

The other non-league side in the draw Lincoln City, leaders of the National League, who beat Championship leaders Brighton at Sincil Bank on Saturday, face a daunting tie at Premier League Burnley, who have won 10 of their 14 games at Turf Moor this season.

The five top-ranked teams still in the competition were all drawn away from home. Chelsea go to Wolves to face the conquerors of Liverpool, Tottenham cross London to Fulham, Manchester City have an awkward test at in-form Huddersfield and holders Manchester United visit Blackburn.

It is the first time in the 146-year history of the FA Cup that two non-league teams have reached the last 16 and Sutton are delirious at the prospect of a home tie against Arsenal, 108 places above them in football’s pyramid.

‘I had to pick myself up off the floor,’ said manager Paul Doswell. ‘It is a plum draw against one of the best teams in Europe. To think of Arsenal coming to our little fortress is unbelievable. We talked about the tie against AFC Wimbledon as being our cup final and we talked about Leeds being our European Cup final. Well, this will be our World Cup final.’

FA Cup fifth round draw in full
Burnley vs Lincoln City – Buy FA Cup Tickets
Fulham vs Tottenham – Buy FA Cup Tickets
Blackburn vs Man United – Buy FA Cup Tickets
Middlesbrough vs Oxford United
Sutton vs Arsenal
Wolves vs Chelsea – Buy FA Cup Tickets
Huddersfield vs Man City
Millwall vs Derby/Leicester

Matches to be played January 27-30

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • David December 8, 2015, 4:20 am

    Arsenal could lose, Liverpool will win but only just and Klopp would be judged for next season perfomance.

    • Austine December 5, 2016, 11:15 pm

      For me comparing both teams chances of winning or losing i would say arseal have the big odd and liverpool, can fail becuse they fail when it maters most check their record

  • Raymond L. March 10, 2015, 5:11 am

    Liverpool is slowly getting into form and Arsenal has played relatively well in the past few weeks, too… so it would be very nice to see both of them compete for the FA Cup finals.

    However, I’m not really feeling optimistic of their chances to go that far since most top-flight English squads this year have a knack for under-performing in crucial matches.

    • David March 10, 2015, 8:32 am

      As Liverpool v Arsenal cup final would be a great final. But as you mentioned, the FA Cup this season has been full of upsets and surprises and a Bradford v Villa final would not surprise anyone either.

  • Theo slater March 7, 2013, 11:25 am

    Rooney Better play with van persie

    • David March 7, 2013, 6:41 pm

      I fully expect to see an angry Rooney on Sunday taking on Chelsea

  • banksy ov hull January 30, 2013, 6:12 am

    congratulations to leeds utd on a fantastic display to dispose of a good spurs side.no one likes us but we really dont care.good luck versus man city we will need it.cmon leeds leeds leeds!!!!

  • kosy March 18, 2012, 12:47 pm

    liverpool will do justice to stoke,,like what they did to everton

  • Taban Evans April 15, 2011, 5:04 am

    Leave along the super star”Rooney”, but man u is playing a quality football. Am sure of man u going with 2 out of the three.

  • cabdisamed March 27, 2011, 1:51 pm

    i hope that man united will take or win in the FA cup for this year because it plays a good games by passing qualified teams like arsenal so it deserves to take this year

    • Deborah Morgan May 10, 2011, 6:11 am

      I think you’ll find that Stoke just wiped the floor with Arsenal!!

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