FA Cup Arsenal v Lincoln How to dodge annoy against a nonleague group BBC Sport

“You can watch FA Cup highlights of Arsenal v Lincoln City and Middlesbrough v Man City at 23:05 GMT on Saturday on BBC One and the BBC Sport website. Highlights of three Premier League matches are on MOTD at 22:20 GMT.
Arsenal go into Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final against National League leaders Lincoln City as overwhelming favourites – but will the tie really be as easy as it seems?
Defeat at Emirates Stadium is simply unthinkable for Arsene Wenger’s side, even given their current problems, but this sort of supposed mismatch brings its own pressure for their players.
The Gu
ers won away at another National League side, Sutton United, in the fifth round but now they face a challenge that will be completely new to them at the Emirates, where they have never played a non-league team before.
Hibernian boss and BBC pundit Neil Le
on draws on his experience as a player and manager in the FA Cup and Scottish Cup to explain what Arsenal must overcome, and why their psychology will be as important as their tactics when it comes to reaching the last four.
‘The occasion, atmosphere and opposition are all totally different’
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Le
on: “In the space of four days, Arsenal will go from playing Bayern Munich, one of the biggest clubs in the world and with some of the best players, to taking on a team they will have hardly heard of until recently.
“In this sort of situation as a player I always prepared myself as best I could but, mentally, it is hard to approach a game like this the same way as you would normally do.
“When I was playing for Leicester under Martin O’Neill, I remember going to Hereford in the third round of the FA Cup in the 1999-00 season.
“We had played Arsenal the week before the first tie and I was up against Thierry Henry, Marc Overmars and Emanuel Petit. I went from that to playing, among others, an electrician, a teacher and a farmer.
Le
on in action for Leicester against Hereford – “you know these players are part-time, but you have still got to treat them with respect”
“I had been in the lower leagues with Crewe, and played and scored at Edgar Street when Hereford were a Football League team, so I had an idea of what to expect, which helped. I knew it would be tough.
“Even so, sub-consciously, there was not the same level of intensity to my game as there had been against Arsenal. How could there be?
“Whether you are home or away against a non-league side, the occasion, atmosphere and opposition are completely different to when you are playing one of the big clubs.
“It is very difficult to have the same approach, even if the remit is the same.”
‘Playing non-league teams like taking a step into the unknown’
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nLe
on: “We drew 0-0 at Hereford and only just about ended up wi
ing the replay 2-1 after extra time. Martin had done everything he could to prepare us the right way, but we still nearly went out.”

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