Following Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup win against Sutton United at Gander Green Lane on Monday night, the non-League players are set to have a lucky dip to see which player gets which Gunner’s shirt – except for one.
After Lincoln, Sutton are the second non-League club to break the £1m mark as a result of the FA Cup tie, which saw Arsenal donate £50,000 to the U’s disability charity for new classrooms. The Gunner reportedly wanted to give Sutton the £100,000 they earned from gate receipts but the FA rules won’t allow it, so they had to make a charitable donation instead.
Theo Walcott with a touch of class last night. Going into the Sutton dressing room congratulating them on their run and signing shirts. 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/SWQ4bDJ1zO
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 21, 2017
Arsenal also gave Sutton the whole team’s shirts, which they’ll put into a lucky dip to see who gets which one. However, Alexis Sanchez threw his into the crowd, so his isn’t there.
Sutton captain, Jamie Collins, is a little disappointed.
“Arsenal gave us all the shirts apart from Sanchez, which is a shame because that’s the one I’d have liked,” he said, report the Daily Express.
Arsenal have done everything they can to help non-League Sutton but it’s of no surprise that The Sun have chosen to focus on the one ‘negative’ from the experience: the fact that the Arsenal players left the away dressing room at Gander Green Lane in a bit of a mess.
You’d be hard-pressed to find an away dressing room – or any dressing room, for that matter – that was absolutely pristine after the players had left.
The Arsenal dressing room after the game tonight pic.twitter.com/deRPNNi82a
— Sam Elliott (@SamElliott_NLP) February 20, 2017
The fact that The Sun are choosing to lead with this, rather than the good work Arsenal have done alongside Sutton United, is just typical.