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Arsenal cannot afford to ignore Leeds United warning

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Sutton United beat Leeds United in the FA Cup fourth round and now they host Arsenal.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Reeling from their 5-1 Champions League mauling at the hands of Bayern Munich, Arsenal have a nice easy game against Sutton United this weekend.

At least that is what the league tables would suggest.

Arsenal are fourth - as ever - in the Premier League, while Sutton are in 17th place in the Conference, England's fifth tier.

It is a game the Gunners cannot afford to lose, in terms of optics - losing to a side so far below them - and the small matter that the FA Cup is their only remaining chance of silverware.

So Arsene Wenger equally must not ignore the fate of Leeds United in the last round at Sutton.

The Whites are going great this year, sitting in the Championship play-off places for the first time in years, and were handed a major shock when Sutton dumped them out of the cup.

Leeds' Lewie Coyle and Marco Silvestri in action with Sutton United's Maxime Biamou before a penalty is awarded to SuttonLeeds' Lewie Coyle and Marco Silvestri in action with Sutton United's Maxime Biamou

The close proximity of the fans at Sutton's ground made for an intimidating atmosphere for the Whites, but it was a match they should have been able to handle even with squad rotation in full effect.

If anything, Leeds should be more geared up than Arsenal's pampered millionaires to such atmospheres, but they still came unstuck.

Clearly there were errors made by Garry Monk and his players, but it could happen to Arsenal too - especially with the side low on confidence.

The game is still one Arsenal could win by four or five, and really they should, but if they do not take heed of Leeds' nightmare result, they could be dealing with a far worse humiliation than shipping five goals in Germany once again.

Leeds' manager Garry MonkLeeds' manager Garry Monk

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