As he prepares to take on another non-league club in the FA Cup, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the “professional” approach that non-league clubs have.
The Gunners host Danny Cowley’s Lincoln City in the Quarter Final on Saturday lunchtime, with the Imps looking to take another Premier League scalp after disposing on Burnley in the previous round.
Wenger’s side successfully negotiated a tie against non-league opposition in the previous round, winning 2-0 against the Imps’ Vanarama National League rivals Sutton United.
The Frenchman will now hope to see his side advance in a competition they have won six times in his twenty year stay at Arsenal.
And ahead of their meeting with the Imps he admitted that he is in awe of the “support and passion” around non-league clubs.
Speaking to Arsenal’s official website arsenal.com he said “Usually a club in France of that level is made up of a few people who take care of it, and then maybe a hundred supporters per game. It was basically the families of the players who turn up to watch, but the support and passion around the non-league clubs are much bigger here.
“I would also say that the way the smaller clubs in England approach football today is much more professional than it was, and that includes non-league teams.
“What makes the charm of English football as well is that the small clubs have a real local support base. That is better in England than anywhere else in the world. I respect that a lot, I really like it and it helps to make these clubs powerful and more professional.”
Lincoln City do have previous when it comes to beating Arsenal, with two victories against the Gunners coming in 1914 and 1915. You can read about them here.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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