Charlton’s caretaker boss, Johnnie Jackson, revealed he was a bit ‘gutted’ not to get Arsenal in the FA Cup draw that was made recently.
In the build-up to the latest Arsenal debacle, this time taking place at Goodison Park on Monday night, the draw for the third round of the FA Cup was also made.
As the FA Cup draw was made, Arsenal’s name remained in the hat until the very end as they were the last team drawn out.
In the penultimate fixture to be drawn from the hat, Charlton Athletic were drawn at home and could only meet Norwich City, Nottingham Forest or Arsenal.
It was the Canaries name that was drawn to face the Addicks, leaving Arsenal to travel to Forest.
“If you just said that we were facing Norwich then it is a good draw – a Premier League team at home, it’s a great test for us,” Jackson said.
“But, I’ll be honest, I’m watching the draw and Arsenal are still in there with four balls left. I’m thinking ‘we’re going to get Arsenal’. For me that would have been unbelievable and for the lads, club and supporters.
“For me it would almost be like a dream come true.
“I was a bit gutted initially because there were four balls left and we’re one of them and so are Arsenal – I’d convinced myself we were going to get them. But, after the dust settles, it is a great draw. It’s a good chance for us to pit our wits against a great team.”
If the name ‘Johnnie Jackson’ sounds familiar to you, you might remember him from his time at Spurs when Spurs fans were raving about him being better than every prospect at Arsenal.
He went on to make a total of 24 appearances for Spurs, in between five loans, before being released for free so he could join Colchester United.
Now caretaker manager at Charlton, he made 279 appearances for them, scoring 55 and assisting 23.
Charlton sacked their manager, Nigel Adkins, in October after just eight months in charge.
Arsenal last played Charlton in 2007 when the Gunners won 4-0 at the Emirates in the Premier League.
Charlton last beat Arsenal in 2001. They managed to win just three of the last 30 games against Arsenal, losing 23.
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