“Arsenal FA Cup Parade 2015” (CC BY 2.0) by joshjdss
Arsenal were humiliated by Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash as the German giants put five goals past Arsene Wenger’s men for the second time in less than 18 months.
The Gunners, trailing 5-1 on aggregate after an Alexis Sanchez penalty gave the visitors brief hope midway through the first half, are on the verge of elimination from Europe’s elite club competition at this stage for the seventh year in a row despite topping their group for the first time since 2012.
Wenger’s men must now turn their attention back to the domestic stage – and quickly. An FA Cup clash with Sutton United shouldn’t pose many problems but it is difficult to be positive right now.
Four defeats in nine Premier League games prior to the two-nil victory over Hull City last weekend have hindered Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the Champions League places this season; something that the Gunners have managed to achieve in each of the last 20 years.
At the time of writing, Arsenal are 4/1 to win at Wembley in FA Cup betting markets with bet365 and the Gunners will be quietly confident of securing their place in the next round.
Sutton are currently 17th in the National League – the fifth tier of English football – but defied the odds to beat Championship side Leeds United in the fourth round. It won’t be straightforward but Wenger will have no excuses if Arsenal slip up against non-League opposition. The Frenchman certainly won’t be given any help from his opposite number Paul Doswell when they travel to Sutton…