36-year-old Sutton United striker, Craig Dundas, revealed that his National League side intend on getting physical with Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night.
The Gunners travel to Borough Sports Ground for their fifth-round FA Cup tie in what is quite possibly one of the biggest games in Sutton’s history.
There’s no doubt that Arsene Wenger’s squad is far superior on paper in terms of skill to Paul Doswell’s. However, after knocking Leeds out in the previous round, the U’s are hoping to essentially just use their physical strength to outplay us.
“That’s our league, that’s our level,” Dundas, who’s featured in nine National League games for Sutton this season, told Standard Sport. “It’s a physical game and you play fair.”
He added, “We might try a few reducers early on.”
Dundas, who’s apparently an Arsenal fan, went on to reveal that his side is looking forward to facing some of the Premier League’s biggest stars.
“If they had gotten a result [against Bayern] maybe they’d ease back, rest a few players. Now they’ve lost maybe [Wenger]’ll put in a few of his stars.
“That’s great for us, they’re who we want to play against. Being a sportsperson you want to play against the best.
“[Mesut] Ozil would be one of the guys I’d like to line up against, but I wouldn’t mind [Per] Mertesacker playing. Any of the World Cup winners I’d like to see, maybe get their shirt.”
You’d think that the Arsenal players fielded Monday night, whoever they are, are well aware of the physical threat that Sutton pose. You’d also hope that referee, Michael Oliver, and his officials will crack down on anything excessive early on. Scrappy games are fine and almost expected against lower league teams; lack of safety, however, shouldn’t be.
Although the Standard Sport claimed that Dundas was ‘joking’ about trying a few ‘reducers’ early on, I have no doubt we’re in for a gritty game.