FA Cup: Arsenal v Lincoln preview


Arsenal v Lincoln preview

Arsene Wenger is hopeful of a response from his Arsenal side as they host National League side Lincoln in the FA Cup quarter-finals.


The Gunners suffered another Champions League humiliation in midweek as Bayern Munich completed a 10-2 aggregate victory over them at the Emirates Stadium, meaning the FA Cup remains the last piece of silverware that Arsenal can realistically win this season.

"The FA Cup is the next game, and of course when you've had a disappointment like we had in the last game it's important to respond," said Wenger.

"We are favourites, but when you are at a big club, you are favourites 90 per cent of the time, and you have to deal with that. It's the next game and in the next game, people expect us to win, so there's a pressure there of course."

National League leaders Lincoln, meanwhile, face the trip of a lifetime to the Emirates against a side who start the weekend 88 places ahead of them in the English football pyramid.

Arsenal will be without both Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck. The pair have been struck down with illness while manager Wenger is sweating over Mesut Ozil, who is also sick.

Santi Cazorla (Achilles) and Mohamed Elneny (ankle) also miss out, with Wenger likely to make a number of changes for the game.

Lincoln have been given permission to include Aston Villa left-back Riccardo Calder and Doncaster goalkeeper Ross Etheridge in their squad after signing the duo on loan. Forward Lee Angol marked his Imps debut with a hat-trick against Braintree on Tuesday night, but is cup-tied having played against Chelsea for parent club Peterborough in the third round.

Midfielder Josh Ginnelly, on loan from Burnley, is also ineligible after he made an appearance in the FA Cup during a spell with Walsall, while defender Lee Beevers has been out since the end of October with a knee problem.


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