Last Thursday, the world's media descended upon Gander Green Lane, eager to hear the backstories of the builders, picture framers and fitness instructors who make up the first team. By Tuesday afternoon, the last of them will have left and life will return to normal. And for manager Paul Doswell, normality can't come quickly enough.
"As much as it's been great for the club, it's not been the best three weeks of my life," he told reporters after the game.
As expected Arsenal progressed into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup, but a hard-working performance from a committed Sutton United side ensured it wasn't plain sailing. Lucas Perez opened the scoring in the first half, and Theo Walcott got his 100th Arsenal goal early in the second period, but there were moments of danger from the non-league side.
Former Gunner Roarie Deacon was a constant threat, and he rattled the crossbar with a fizzing drive from outside the box, while uncertain goalkeeping...
SUTTON, England -- Three quick thoughts from the FA Cup fifth-round clash at Gander Green Lane, where Arsenal edged Sutton 2-0 to advance to the quarterfinals.
1. Arsenal made hard work of Sutton
Some respite for Arsene Wenger at last. Arsenal were hit by every misfortune and ill omen in the handbook of FA Cup shocks. They arrived late, struggled with the conditions and were shaken by the physicality of their hosts, but they just about held their nerve to prevail 2-0 over tenacious non-leaguers...
After a weekend of FA Cup shocks and scares for many Premier League teams, is there room for one more at Gander Green Lane?
We all know that Arsenal should beat Sutton United, their non-League opponents on Monday evening, whatever team Arsene Wenger chooses to play. But as non-League club Lincoln City and League One side Millwall showed against Premier League Burnley and Leicester City on Saturday, it is not always quite that simple.
Having played in the Championship down to the National League...