Wenger mindful of Arsenal FA Cup pride as Gunners face non-league minnows Sutton United in 5th round

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Arsene Wenger knows a thing or two about guiding a team to glory in the FA Cup and this bet365 bonus code review would agree because the Arsenal manager has won the famous old pot an incredible six times in the 20 years he has been in charge of the Gunners — the club has lifted the trophy a record 12 times in total.

And if Wenger and his Premier League bug guns are to get their hands on the prized silverware once more they will have to overcome Sutton United, the valiant non-league outfit who unceremoniously dumped Leeds United (who, it has to be said, fielded a weakened team) out of the competition with a giant-killing 1-0 victory in the fourth round.

Sutton will host Wenger’s team at their tiny Gander Green Lane ground — which holds around 6,000 fans — after the draw paired the teams in what will undoubtedly be billed as a David versus Goliath contest.

There is a chance, of course, that the minnows will be given special dispensation by the FA to switch the tie — moving it to the Emirates Stadium would mean 60,000 fans could watch the game live with thousands more tuning in on telly, giving them a handsome payday from both ground receipts (they will get half the figure) and money from the TV rights.

Arsenal won through to the enticing fifth round clash with a comfortable 5-0 trouncing of Southampton on Saturday, with comeback striker Danny Welbeck bagging a brace — after a long absence out injured with a knee problem — and Theo Walcott slamming home a hat-trick.

They faced the Saints at St Mary’s following a 2-1 win at Preston North End in the third round of the competition in what was a close, hard-fought affair with the home side taking a shock early lead before Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud came to the rescue with a goal each.

National League Sutton, bossed by Paul Doswell (a property developer who has loaned the club £450,000 to pay for the 3G artificial surface on which they play home games), have had to play six matches to reach this stage and have overcome the challenges from Forest Green Rovers, Dartford, Cheltenham Town and AFC Wimbledon (over two games) and Leeds.

Wenger is well known for tinkering with his line-ups when faced with FA Cup ties but he may think twice about his selection come the encounter. The Frenchman knows a team that can beat a Championship side in the shape of Garry Monk’s outfit should be respected.