Arsenal host National League Lincoln City at the Emirates on Saturday evening in the FA Cup quarter-finals, as the Gunners look to avoid a massive cup shock.
Arsenal head into this clash on the back of a 5-1 home defeat against German giants Bayern Munich in the last-16 of the Champions League. The heavy defeat meant that the Gunners lost the tie 10-12 on aggregate and led to more question marks over the future of boss Arsene Wenger. The FA Cup is now the Gunners only realistic chance of winning the silverware this season.
The team from north London head into this game in poor form, though, having won just two of their last seven games in all competitions, suffering five defeats in the process. To make matters worse the Gunners conceded two or more goals in all five of those defeats.
However, the Gunners last win did come in this competition against another National League side in Sutton United. The home side will be expected to record a win in this clash, though.
Lincoln head into this clash in good heart. They are currently top of the National League and looking set for promotion back to the Football League. That is the Imps main aim, but they have certainly also made a good fist of their FA Cup campaign.
In the last round, Danny Cowley’s side caused a massive upset by winning 1-0 at Premier League Burnley. The victory was all the more remarkable because the Clarets have one of the strongest home records in the English top-flight.
Lincoln have suffered one defeat in their last 16 outings in all competitions and won eight of their last ten games, albeit with some of those games being in the National League. The visitors will believe that they can give Arsenal a game in north London and just do so.
Arsenal are still without Spanish playmaker Santi Cazorla, along with Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny and French full-back Mathieu Debuchy through injury, while both Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck are doubts for the clash.
Lincoln have no reported injury worries and boss Danny Cowley is likely to stick with the players that have got the visitors to this point of the competition.
Understandably Arsenal are big favourites to win this game at odds of 1/12, while the draw is odds of 14/1 and the non-league visitors are massive odds of 25/1 to pull off a massive upset in this clash.
Arsenal cannot afford to be complacent against the in-form visitors. However, the Gunners should have enough to see off the National League side.
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