National League side Sutton United have been handed a dream FA Cup fifth-round draw, with Arsenal at home looming as the biggest game in their history. The FA CUP 5th Round see two Non-League teams compete in the last 16 for the first time since 1988. Other high profile games of the round see top Premiership teams like Chelsea, Man United, Man City and Tottenham all travel to the Championship
Sutton United the lowest-ranked team in the tournament defeated Gary Monk’s Leeds United in the last round to send home fans wild and a repeat performance would be the club’s greatest achievement ever.
Adding to that, the FA Cup and Capital One Cup represents huge financial possibilities for clubs in lower leagues. Last year when Manchester United visited Cambridge United for the 3rd Round tie the game was shown live on TV and Cambridge made £144,000 with Television Fees for live broadcast. They held United to a 0-0 draw and earned a very lucrative replay where they also received £72,000 for Television fee plus the massive 45% gate receipt revenue. So FA Cup represents a good value for money as far as lower league teams are concerned.
Having made history as the first two non-league teams to appear in this stage of the cup simultaneously since the establishment of the Football League in 1888(129 years), Sutton United and Lincoln City will also be looking forward to making extra cash In 2017.
Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger would consider this an easy tie and use it as an opportunity to field youngsters, benchwarmers and players returning from injury. Danny Welbeck and other player seeking game time would relish this rare challenge.