Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Wenger under siege as Lincoln chase FA Cup's greatest shock

Wenger under siege as Lincoln chase FA Cup's greatest shock

"We had a big disappointment in the Champions League".

There is some truth to that.

The medical staff are believed to be taking precautions to ensure that the bug does not spread to any more players ahead of a crucial game against Lincoln on Saturday. "It's the next game and in the next game, people expect us to win, so there's a pressure there of course". With just two defeats since the start of October, Lincoln will be dreaming off a monumental cup upset at the Emirates. Meeting a team from outside the top divisions in the FA Cup is not unusual, but playing one this far into the competition certainly is.

Sean Raggett's 90th minute victor meant a non-league club would be into the Quarter Finals for the first time in modern history.

Asked whether he would consider the fans" anger when deciding his future, Wenger added: "Yes - you consider.

" I think the team was unjustifiably criticised for our last game against Bayern Munich". The two clubs are separated by 87 places in the English soccer ladder, with Arsenal now fifth in the Premier League while Lincoln are six points clear at the top of National League.

Wenger had come under-fire after his side's humiliating 10-2 aggregate defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with Arsenal issuing a somewhat freakish statement on Thursday hinting Wenger may not be the given a chance to decide his own destiny when his contract expires at the end of this season.

The odds were stacked against Lincoln, but once again they wrote a page of history. There was no fairy tale ending for Lincoln who were comfortably beaten 5-0 by Arsenal.

Lincoln City's Sean Raggett celebrates scoring against Burnley with teammates during the English FA Cup, fifth round soccer match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday Feb. 18, 2017.

Even so, it'd be a massive shock if the Gunners didn't make their way to the semifinals. The 4th qualifying round brought Lincoln a 0-0 draw against Guiseley, and just 177 Lincoln fans travelled away for the replay, witnessing a 2-1 victory. Nevertheless with teams the size of Arsenal, no matter which team is picked, fans will expect them to qualify.

Wenger will probably rotate his squad a little less than he might have for this game.

If Wenger does decide to leave the club, the Arsenal board will need to be very careful with who they decide should succeed him. Things have been disastrous in Europe and their title challenge faltered weeks ago, but this remains a chance to lift a trophy.

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