FA Cup: Sutton’s Artificial Pitch Worries Wenger


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has expressed worry over the artificial pitch at Sutton United's Gander Green Lane. Wenger's side will face the non-league side in their fifth-round FA Cup clash on Monday.

The under-fire Frenchman has said although his team has been training on an artificial pitch, it is different from what is available at Sutton. He said they had used an artificial 3G pitch but have been told the one at their opponents' home is usually wet.

"It's not the same because it's a dry pitch and I've heard that Sutton have a wet pitch. They water it before the game so it'll be much quicker," he said.

"It means the weight on the joints is stronger, you cannot glide, you have to block every time.

"So it makes football a bit different because the ball comes to you and somebody accelerates and doesn't slow down like in a normal game, so you have to get used to the difference."

Arsenal and Sutton United will be aiming to qualify for the quarter final of the competition. Either of them will face Lincoln City who dismantled Burnley in their fifth round tie on Saturday.

Ademola Aderele

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