By Giuseppe Muro
Arsenal have been drawn against lower-league opposition in the FA Cup Fourth Round in the shape of Huddersfield Town.
Leeds United took Arsène Wenger’s men to a replay in the Third Round, but can the League One outfit go one better and cause a giant-killing?
We spoke to Richard Sutcliffe of the Yorkshire Evening Post to get a Huddersfield perspective on Sunday’s game.
THE STORY SO FAR
It’s been a decent season so far. They’re third in League One and it’s very, very tight in that division, Brighton have made breakaway but the rest of them are tightly packed together. Huddersfield are certainly one of the teams fancied to get that second spot. Last season they finished in the play-offs but lost out to Millwall over two legs and the board said that was the minimum requirement for the season. This year is all about going up, if they don’t go up then you have to see the season as a failure because they’ve got a good squad. You would really hope they can go one better than last year.
THE MAN IN CHARGE
Lee Clark likes his attacking football, that’s for sure. You can tell he played a lot of years under Kevin Keegan at Newcastle. He likes to play with two wide men getting forward, which can mean they concede at the other end as well. He’s certainly not a man to play five in midfield and stay deep and he likes his team to get forward. We will see on Sunday, but that may play into Arsenal’s hands. Leeds took the game to Arsenal in the last round and got rewarded with a replay. I can’t imagine they will come and park the team bus in front of the goal.
One of Arsenal’s young lads, Benik Afobe, has been on loan here since November. He’s got a cracking amount of pace. He’s been a substitute lately, in his third game he got a couple of goals against Rotherham when Huddersfield won 5-2 and he also scored in the FA Cup against Maccelsfield. Of late, he has been on the bench and has also had an injury so hasn’t featured in the last five [games]. He looks like he could be a good player and he is very comfortable on the ball as you would expect with somebody from Arsenal. I know Lee Clark has been very pleased with him.
Afobe is ineligible and will not feature against Arsenal on Sunday.
Huddersfield know they can’t lose, they are not expected to do anything down there. They will give it their best shot and if they do get beaten, they get beaten. I spoke to the Chairman last week and he thinks [the game] will be worth anywhere between £750,000 to £1million. In the Premier League that may not be a lot, but down in League One that is a sizeable amount.
Kevin Kilbane has signed on loan and he had a long career in the Premier League with Sunderland, Wigan, Everton and Hull. He has come in on loan and has done well.