National League clubs Lincoln City and Sutton United have both landed big ties against Premier League opposition in the FA Cup Fifth Round.
The draw was made on Monday evening by England manager Gareth Southgate and former Leicester City and Derby County midfielder Robbie Savage.
Paul Doswell’s Sutton United were given a rich reward for their giantkilling of Championship giants Leeds United, as they were handed a home tie against Premier League giants Arsenal.
The U’s are in the Fifth Round for the first time in the history and will entertain Arsene Wenger’s Gunners at their Green Gander Lane home.
That means a trio of Sutton stars will be reunited with Arsenal, with Roarie Deacon, Craig Eastmond and Jeffrey Monakana all having began their careers in the Gunners academy.
Of the trio only Eastmond made a handful of first team appearances in the Carling Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League.
Sutton United and Arsenal have never met in the FA Cup and the last time they met was when the U’s hosted an Arsenal XI in a pre-season friendly at Green Gander Lane in July 2013.
On that occasion a Gunners side containing current first team player Alex Iwobi and Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden came out on top with a 4-3 win.
Lincoln City were rewarded for their 3-1 defeat of Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion with an away tie at Burnley.
The two sides last met in the competition in 1996, with the Clarets coming out on top with a 2-1 win at Turf Moor.
Nineteen years earlier the Imps took Burnley to a replay after a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor, although they were beaten 1-0 at Sincil Bank.
Interestingly the two clubs have been drawn against each other on four separate occasions, with three of the ties going to a replay.
The Imps have progressed from a tie against Burnley on one occasion, that coming with a 3-2 win in a replay in 1904, the first time the two sides were drawn together.
As yet there has been no clarification on whether either tie will be shown live by BT Sport or the BBC.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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