Wenger worried about Sutton's plastic pitch

2017-02-20 16:14
Arsene Wenger (Gallo Images)

London - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that Sutton United's artificial pitch may be difficult for his players to adapt to in their FA Cup clash.

The Gunners will travel to Gander Green Lane for their FA Cup fifth-round clash with English fifth-tier outfit Sutton on Monday.

Wenger's charges are heavy favourites to beat the minnows at their 5,000-capacity stadium, but the Frenchman is concerned about how the artificial 3G surface will play.

When asked what could cause problems for Arsenal, Wenger told the press: "First of all the pitch. Secondly their enthusiasm. Thirdly that we are not ready mentally for a big fight and think subconsciously that it doesn't matter.

"Look, ideally we would like to play on a normal pitch. Competition is as well to deal with what you face, and we'll face an unusual pitch and we'll have to deal with it.

"We practice inside [on Friday] because we have an artificial pitch. It's not the same as it's a dry pitch, and at Sutton I've heard that's a wet pitch, they water it before the game. So it will be much quicker than what we have."

Wenger's pampered Premier League players will receive a culture shock when they enter the Sutton away dressing-room with it's basic facilities with toilets that haven't been upgraded since the 1940's.

Kick off is at 21:55.

Read more on:    arsenal  |  sutton  |  fa cup  |  arsene wenger  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.