EXCLUSIVE Roarie Deacon: Arsenal are going to be in for a shock!
Former Arsenal youth player Roarie Deacon told the Sports Gazette that the Gunners are in for a shock tonight as non-league Sutton United host the Premier League side in a historic fifth-round FA Cup clash.
Deacon, 25, was at Arsenal from nine to 19-years-old and played alongside Jack Wilshere, until he was released in the summer of 2011.
Before he came to Sutton, he also played as a reserve for Sunderland, spent some time at Stevenage and Crawley and represented England at under-19 level.
But for tonight’s match Deacon is putting his past behind him and told the Sports Gazette that Arsenal are going to be in for a shock.
Deacon said: “We want to make it uncomfortable when they come here, they aren’t going to have it their own way.
“They might think that there are going to come here and play against players that aren’t fantastic, but when they come on the pitch tonight they are going to see what kind of players we are.
“We’ve got players that can hurt them, we have defenders that can defend very well to keep the ball out of our net and we’ve got players that can put the ball in the back of their net.
“So when they come here, they are going to be in for a shock.”We want to make it uncomfortable when they come here, they aren’t going to have it their own way.”
Deacon also has a point to prove against Arsenal, a club he was with for ten years before his contract came to an end.
Deacon said: “In football, I always want to prove a point because it's not worked out for me in the past.
“So I always want to prove a point every time I step out on the pitch whether that is against Arsenal or anyone I play, I just want to go out there and show everyone what I can do.”
When asked if he had spoken to any of the Arsenal players Deacon said that he hadn’t and instead was looking forward to speaking to them tonight.
Deacon’s Sutton teammate Craig Eastmond, who also played at Arsenal for over a decade where he made ten starts for the first team, is friends with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but told the Sports Gazette that they chose not to speak about the game.
With only hours to go until kick-off, Deacon says there’s no fear among the Sutton side before they face the Premier League giants.
Deacon added: “You can’t go into games having fear because to be honest, we deserve to be here, but we have no right to be this far in the FA Cup because obviously, we are a small club.
“But the way the boys are, the confidence and ability we have in our changing room, and the team spirit and togetherness we have has got us this far.
“We don’t want this FA Cup run to end.”
Sutton v Arsenal, kick-off 7:55pm, Monday 20th February, Gander Green Lane, BBC One.