In just over a week Arsenal face non-league side Lincoln City FC in an FA Cup tie which likely represents the Gunners’ last chance of silverware this season.
The Gunners beat fellow non-league side Sutton FC to reach this point and have been rewarded with a home tie against the Imps. It is believed Arsene Wenger will opt for a fairly strong side as his team push for the cup they have won twice in the last three seasons.
David Ospina will retain his place between the sticks, whilst Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil will likely take up their usual positions in the starting line-up.
It is not yet clear whether players such as Jeff Reine-Adelaide will feature in the tie, but it wouldn’t surprise if Wenger shows faith in the players who have brought the Gunners this far.
The Gunners will be heavy favorites with the top bookies to see off the non-league side, many people like to bet on their favorite football team and this is a great opportunity to get in on the action.
Speaking last week, Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley highlighted how big the game would be for the Imps.
“I have run out of analogies. We are going to the Emirates in the sixth round of the FA Cup to play Arsenal. That says it all,”
“It is a brilliant opportunity, a great tie and one we will really look forward to.
Cowley also discussed how he hoped his team will use the experience as an opportunity to learn and grow as footballers.
“We will learn a lot about ourselves on the back of that game.
“We are going to look forward to going to the Emirates and we will put a game plan together.
Cowley’s comments also indicated that he and his side have been focusing heavily on Arsenal’s tactics and planning on how to deal with them come game day.
“They move the ball pretty quickly through the thirds, so we are going to have to be geared up for that, but we are going to embrace it and enjoy it.
“Whatever happens now, it has been a great journey for everyone associated with the club.”
The tie will certainly be a fantastic day out and opportunity for Lincoln City FC and all of their fans, who knows, they may even be able to force and upset and book their place at Wembley in the next round.