Arsenal v Lincoln - how the two teams compare

09 March 2017 12:53

Lincoln will make history this weekend when they become the first non-league team to play in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup since 1914.

The Red Imps' trip to the Emirates Stadium will pit Danny Cowley's men against the millionaire might of Arsene Wenger's Arsenal.

Here we look at the comparison between the two clubs.

Managerial history

Arsene Wenger moved to Arsenal in 1996 and is now the club's longest-serving and most successful manager, having steered the Gunners to three Premier League titles and six FA Cups during his tenure. His Lincoln counterpart Danny Cowley was still working as a full-time PE teacher when he guided Braintree Town to the National League play-offs last season, but subsequently gave up his second job when he moved to Lincoln.

Money problems

Arsenal spent £96million on new players last summer alone, topped by more than £34million shelled out for Granit Xhaka. The Gunners' record signing, £42.5million Mesut Ozil, is expected to line up at the weekend. In contrast Lincoln spent no money on new players in the summer, and their record transfer fee remains the £75,000 paid for both Dean Walling and Tony Battersby in 1997 and 1998 respectively.

Weight of history

In total, Arsenal have won 13 league titles, 12 FA Cups and two League Cups, as well as the European Cup Winners' Cup and the Fairs Cup. Lincoln hold the record for spending most seasons in the Football League without reaching the top flight. Their biggest honour remain three Third Division North titles between 1931 and 1951.

Hungry for success

The Emirates Stadium provides two private members-only dining restaurants, plus three further matchday restaurants for platinum members, as well as a separate executive box menu, and four corner bars on club level. Meanwhile, to mark their run to the last eight, a Lincoln business has produced a limited-edition cheese pack. The selection, curated by The Cheese Society, includes "ones from Lincolnshire, imp-related cheeses and any that celebrate the colour red".

Midweek whirl

Lincoln maintained their lead at the top of the National League on Tuesday with a thumping 4-0 win away to Cowley's old club Braintree. It kept the Red imps six points clear of Forest Green and Tranmere, and extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 10 games. On the same night Arsenal slumped to a 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich, crashing out 10-2 on aggregate and heaping more pressure on Wenger, whose contract expires in the summer.

Source: PA


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