After Arsenal were dumped out of the race for the Premier League and the Champions League in the space of a couple of weeks, the FA cup took on even more importance to the Gunners than usual. Add to that the need of the players to prove their worth and bounce back quickly against the understandable backlash from Arsenal fans and football pundits and there is already plenty of motivation for Arsenal to put on a good show at Sutton United this evening.
Now the FA cup draw from yesterday has given Arsene Wenger and the team even more inspiration to get the job done against the National League side tonight. The Boss must have felt like he won a jackpot on the slots because the reward for getting into the next round is a very winnable tie at home with Lincoln City.
That mouth watering draw means that Arsenal have the easiest route into the semi-finals, while either Chelsea or Man United are heading out as they face each other. Tottenham have what is likely to be a feisty London derby with Millwall and Man City have still to get through a replay with Huddersfield Town before a possible away clash with Middlesborough.
So come on you Gunners, if you can’t get fired up for this one you want shooting.