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A part-time builder gets set to take on the might of Arsenal

Sunday 19th February 2017
Can you even begin to imagine being just your ordinary person, waking up at 8am every day to scoot off and do your day job as a builder, to then go and have a kick around with your mates in the evening and then on Monday night join those same mates and go and take on one of the Worlds biggest Football Clubs in the shape of Arsenal FC? No, me neither!

I can't even start to fathom what will be going through the minds of these men who will be absolutely buzzing with fear, adrenaline and pure excitement in what will be the biggest 'kick around' of their lives and an opportunity that they will never get again.

Club Captain Jamie Collins is a part-time builder, let us just let that register a moment. The tradesman is currently preparing to spend 90 minutes marking French international Olivier Giroud! And it was only a couple of weeks ago that he spearheaded his side to knocking out Championship high-flyers Leeds United, this is the pure magic of the FA Cup.
Collins has also been a Primary School teacher and although he started his youth career at Watford, he never managed to break through to become a Professional. But none of that will matter when he pulls on his Sutton United shirt this at his Home Ground on Monday Evening to take on Arsenal in front of the Television cameras in the FA Cup Fifth Round. Yes, that means if they can somehow pull off another absolute miracle, they will be in the FA Cup Quarter-Finals! It's' really quite astonishing.

Sutton are a Club full of history, founded over 118 years ago in 1898 and although they have never managed to break into the Pro Leagues, they have often been flirting around the fifth and sixth tiers and have always had the ambition to step up.

We've all seen the below shot of their reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw  who has all the elements of a typical Pub team Keeper, which just increases the fairy-tale here.
However, this isn't the first time that the Club have experienced such giant-killing success, many of their older supporters will remember back in 1970 when they progressed to the FA Cup 4th Round before losing to the English League's top side at the time, Leeds United again. They also knocked Coventry out of the Third Round of the competition in 1989, just two seasons after the Sky Blues had won it at Wembley.
But none of the above can compare to this achievement and success that they already have gained by beating Leeds United to set up a huge encounter against giants Arsenal.

Unfortunately for Sutton though, Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger is under huge amounts of pressure to pick up silverware this season and this Competition is their main shot, meaning that the Gunners will be taking this game seriously. Having said that, anything can happen in football and this is eleven passionate and committed players that will turn up on Monday night. They will have the advantage of having the whole of the footballing world as their newest Club supporters for the night, who will be willing them on to cause the biggest shock in footballing history.

So the question is, can Arsenal do it on a cold Monday night in Sutton?
Simon Phillips
Football Writer for the last 7 years, specialising in the English Premier League and covering a wide range of topics.

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