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  • Theo Walcott sealed comfortable win with his 100th goal for Arsenal in the second-half.
  • Lucas Perez opened the scoring after 26 minutes.
  • Arsene Wenger made seven changes to the side that lost to Bayern Munich.
  • Gunners to welcome Lincoln City to the Emirates in the quarter-finals.

Full-time: Sutton United 0-2 Arsenal (Lucas Perez, 26, Theo Walcott, 54)

Arsenal to meet Lincoln City in FA Cup quarter-finals

Three minutes of time added on here. Deacon thinks about lashing a half volley on goal but it won't quite fall for him. He instead settles for a corner but Ospina eventually claims it.

This game has fizzled out a tad with five minutes remaining.

Sutton's sub goalkeeper Wayne Shaw is currently eating a pie on the touchline.

Champagne football from Arsenal at the moment. Sanchez, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xhaka combine brilliantly, pinging the ball around expertly with Sutton's slightly knackered-looking defenders chasing shadows. Sanchez tries to finish it with a chip from the edge of the box but he can't keep it down.

'Give it to Sanchez,' the cluster of Arsenal fans in attendance chant. But let's be honest, what is the point bringing him on if there is a slight risk of injury on this plastic pitch?

Here's a couple of changes for Arsenal, Ainsley Maitland-Niles replaces the impressive Reine-Adelaide while Alexis Sanchez comes on for Iwobi.

Theo Walcott

Theo Walcott goes 100 up for Arsenal.

Oxlade-Chamberlain effortlessly glides past three Sutton players down the left flank, dodging their attempts to knock him off the ball to break into space. He tries to measure a ball across the face of goal for Walcott it just evades his teammate.

What an effort from Deacon! He lets fly with a vicious effort from 20 yards out that smashes back off the bar and bounces another good 10 yards back upfield. That was a wonderfully clean strike that had Ospina beaten.

Perez slyly clips the ball around Downer and cuts an inviting ball across goal looking for Walcott, but Amankwaah does well to clear. Sutton looking a little weary here.

The corner comes in and Ospina is absolutely nowhere near it. Collins is at the back post to connect with a header but it is over the bar.

Deacon's final ball has been disappointing this evening but that was superb from the Sutton forward. Coming in from the left he stands up Mustafi, dropping a couple of stepovers to nip across him before lifting a fine cross into the six yard area that Monreal does brilliantly to nod away for a corner.

Half a chance for Sutton as May breaks into the box, unselfishly shifting the ball onto Biamou who snatches at his chance and it is an easy save for Ospina.

Crisp stuff from Arsenal, they are now two goals ahead. Iwobi and Perez combine neatly down the middle before the latter shifts the ball wide to find the overlapping run of Monreal. He knocks the ball across goal to find Walcott, who guides it into the far corner to score his 100th goal for the club.

Goal! Sutton United 0-2 Arsenal (Theo Walcott, 54)

Excellent play from Gomis who wins the ball off Holding inside the box before brilliantly turning the young defender as he tries to find room for a shot. He is quickly surrounded by red shirts however and is squeezed out as Arsenal regroup.

Oxlade-Chamberlain pings what is almost a perfect ball through for Walcott, but there is just too much pace on it and it evades his teammate.

Collins slides in brilliantly to take the ball off Walcott. The Arsenal forward was momentarily freed by Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose crisp passing in the middle of the park already has the Gunners operating at a higher level.

Holding hooks a back pass to Ospina that briefly has the Colombian scurrying across goal but it was actually good defending from the young defender, who was under pressure from the rapid Biamou.

The second-half is underway and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is coming on for Elneny, who picked up a knock in the first-half.

Half-time: Sutton 0-1 Arsenal (Lucas Perez, 26)

What a chance for Sutton! A pass comes back to Ospina who inexplicably punts it straight into the path of May on the edge of the box. He has options to his right but he opts to take it on himself, driving into the box before drilling a wayward effort into the side netting.

Deacon again whips the ball in but the knockdown falls to an Arsenal player in Perez, who drives forward on the counter before letting Walcott take over. The ball eventually falls to Iwobi just inside the box who tries to guide a side-footed effort through a cluster of players, but a slight deflection takes it just wide.

Yellow card for Reine-Adelaide. The youngster does his bit getting back to help his defence but as he takes the ball on his chest, it invited Deacon to put him under pressure. It works, and Reine-Adelaide is forced to clip his trailing leg to stop him and concedes the free kick.

By the way, Elneny has been able to continue after going down a few moments ago. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain immediately sprung into action warming up, but the Egypt international carries on for now.

Here's a chance for Sutton to load the box as Michael Oliver pulls back play having initially played an advantage. Deacon stands over the ball but his curling cross is again overhit and sails straight out of play.

Collins sparks thousands of middle aged men muttering 'that's a proper tackle' as he crashes through Iwobi in the middle of the park.

Lucas Perez, whose future at the club has come under real scrutiny the past few days, has opened the scoring at Gander Green Lane.

Lucas Perez

Has the plastic pitch just claimed its first victim? Elneny is down in the minute clutching his ankle.

There's an almighty mess in the box as Sutton goalkeeper Worner seems to think the ball has gone out of play despite Monreal keeping it in. There's a right old scrap for the ball but Sutton just about manage to clear. Moments later Walcott takes aim from the edge of the box but his effort veers just wide. Sutton looking a bit ragged, here.

Just as Sutton's confidence was growing, Arsenal have opened the scoring. Perez breaks down the right channel with Amankwaah for company, but the Spaniard easily darts inside of him and fires a ball across goal. Walcott is inside the six yard area and sticks out a boot but Perez's effort is enough to beat Worner at his far post.

Goal! Sutton 0-1 Arsenal (Lucas Perez, 26)

25 minutes in and Arsenal have mustered two shots on target against non-league opposition; one blocked and the other off target.

WAHEY's all round from the Sutton fans; an Arsenal player picks up the first yellow of the game. I'm going to shock you here; Granit Xhaka is the recipient for cynically hauling back Eastmond.

Perez's cross in from the left evades each and every one of his teammates and it allows Deacon to break forward menacingly. He drives forward, dropping a step over here and there trying to invite Gabriel to lunge in, but the Arsenal defender doesn't bite. Deacon instead shifts the ball onto his left to swing a cross in but it's a wayward one that flies harmlessly out.

Sutton's Eastmond breaks into the Arsenal box but takes a dive under the slightest of pressure from Monreal. He demands a penalty from Michael Oliver who waves away his appeals.

Elneny gets right underneath his shot from the edge of the box and scoops his effort into the Sutton crowd. In the build-up to that, Iwobi and Reine-Adelaide combined brilliantly before the latter decided to take a shot on from an impossible angle; it was probably Arsenal's best move of the game.

Arsenal aren't used to this pitch yet. Everything is very tentative, very slow with the bounce of the ball proving a bit of a problem for them in these early stages.

There's a break in play while our first pitch invader of the evening is hauled away. 10 minutes in and nothing has happened.

Oh the Sutton fans will love that. Monreal embarks on a run upfield before sliding a ball out for Iwobi. The Nigerian hasn't read his pass however and the ball trickles out of play.

Walcott drives at Sutton menacingly, forcing Collins to slide across to intercept. The ball momentarily breaks with Monreal sprinting to get on the end of it on the edge of the box but Simon Downer gets there first and even wins the free kick for hisde.

There's the first meaty challenge of the game,Former Gunner Craig Eastmond wins the ball and cleans out Mohamed Elneny in the process.

Sutton centre-halves Collins and Beckworth move up in perfect sync to leave Theo Walcott standing offside as Perez's pass comes into him.

Elneny tries to work his way down the right but he his shrugged off the ball by the formidable Amankwaah who wins a throw in.

And Arsenal get the ball rolling in this FA Cup fifth round tie.

This is already very surreal. Arsenal and Sutton march out onto the pitch; we are moments away from kick-off.

Arsenal's social media channels are documenting their team's arrival at Gander Green Lane as if they have landed on some distant, far away land *insert a joke about a night out in Sutton here*

Arsenal players have made their way out to begin their warm up; slightly unfamiliar surroundings for one or two of them.


Arsene Wenger is in the house.

Arsene Wenger

Is Arsene Wenger still concerned about the pitch? He's just been speaking to BBC Sport on the subject.

Top level players adapt to the problems they face. We are not used to the pitch but I think we have enough qualities to adapt to it later, at least it is flat.

"I come from a club that is smaller even than Sutton. Usually clubs like that depend on two or three people who dedicate their whole life to it, and I have a lot of respect for that.

Sutton team to face Arsenal: Worner, Amankwaah, Downer, Collins, Beckwith, Deacon, Bailey, Eastmond, May, Gomis, Biamou

Is it a bit presumptive to say this is a game Mesut Ozil wouldn't have fancied had he been named in the team tonight? Sutton are not going to give Arsenal a moment of piece tonight so maybe leaving the German out is the right call.

Arsene Wenger makes seven changes to the side that were hammered at the Allianz Arena last Wednesday. Gabriel, Rob Holding, Nacho Monreal, Mohamed Elneny, Lucas Perez, Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Theo Walcott come into the starting line up with Hector Bellerin, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez among those to make way.

There is a rare sighting of Mathieu Debuchy on the bench, but with the exception of Sanchez, there isn't much firepower in reserve should things not go according to plan tonight. Mesut Ozil misses out completely.

Welcome to Sutton, Arsenal.

Arsenal team to face Sutton: Ospina, Gabriel, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Lucas, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Walcott

Subs: Martinez, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Maitland-Niles, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis

BREAKING: Alexis Sanchez starts on the bench for Arsenal, Mesut Ozil left out of the squad completely.

Could this man come back to haunt Arsene Wenger tonight? Craig Eastmond made a handful of appearances for the senior Gunners team before loan spells away at Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers and Colchester United, before joining the latter on a permanent basis in 2013.

Craig Eastmond

So far, so good for Arsenal.

Team news: Arsenal

Danny Welbeck won't be involved tonight. Having just returned from a lengthy lay-off at the start of the year, the former Manchester United striker has accepted Arsene Wenger's decision not to risk him on Sutton's plastic pitch. The forward instead turned out for Arsenal's Under-23 ranks on Sunday.

Arsene Wenger's biggest concern ahead of kick-off isn't about players who have injuries; it is over potential new injuries his players might suffer on Sutton's artificial surface tonight. He told reporters last Friday:

I've heard that Sutton have a wet pitch, they water it before the game so it'll be much quicker.

"It means the weight on the joints is stronger, you cannot glide, you have to block every time so it makes football a bit different because the ball comes to you and somebody accelerates and doesn't slow down like in a normal game so you have to get used to the difference in speed.

Team news: Arsenal

Lucas Perez, whose future at the club has come under real scrutiny in the last few days, is also absent with a hamstring injury. Aaron Ramsey also remains out with a calf injury with Santi Cazorla still a long-term absentee.

Aaron Ramsey
Ramsey suffered a calf strain against Watford. Getty Images

Team news: Arsenal

Laurent Koscielny underwent a scan last Friday to determine the extent of a hamstring injury suffered in last week's crushing defeat to Bayern Munich. He is not expected to be involved tonight.

Laurent Koscielny
Koscielny was forced off with an injury in the second half. Getty

Surely, surely, we aren't going to see an all non-league FA Cup quarter-final? Sutton United are one more win away from making that a reality. Arsenal arrive at Ganders Green Lane tonight with the winners to host Lincoln City in the last eight.

Five days ago, their world came crashing down after Bayern Munich put five past them to leave their Champions League hopes in tatters. Their Premier League title bid has fallen by the wayside again. This is their only realistic chance of silverware this season. But just how fragile are Arsene Wenger's side after their recent setbacks?

All your team news is coming up shortly.