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Arsenal could face the biggest keeper in Britain against Sutton

If Arsenal were expecting Sutton United to be a lightweight opponent in the FA Cup fifth round, they could be in for a surprise if reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw is called into action.

At 6-foot-2 and 20 stone (280 pounds), Shaw -- who is 45 years old, works as the non-league club's goalkeeping coach and also serves as the backup to Ross Worner -- has dubbed himself the biggest keeper in Britain.

The chances of Shaw getting on the pitch for the Feb. 20 game may be slim, but his mere presence on the bench for Sutton's fourth-round victory over Leeds reminded many of the magic of the FA Cup.

Shaw himself has often been quick to make light of his weight, telling Sky Sports during a previous stint at Eastleigh that it helps him command the area.

"When you hear a 20-stone goalkeeper shouting 'Keeper's ball', I think the centre-forward will look over his shoulder," he said.

And don't underestimate his quick hands, either.

"His reflexes are absolutely brilliant," Tony Henderson-Smith, who works as Sutton's club mascot, told the BBC. "I've seen him in the bar and if there are any sandwiches around, you know, he's first there."

If he helps Sutton reach the FA Cup quarterfinals by knocking out Arsenal, he'll certainly be worth his weight in gold.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.


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