Lincoln defender Wood vows to 'smash' Alexis Sanchez

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The full-back insists the non-league outfit are not just visiting the Emirates Stadium as tourists and will go all out to keep the Gunners at bay

Lincoln City defender Bradley Wood has vowed to "smash" Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez when the sides meet in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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The Imps's run to the quarter-finals of the competition has captured the imagination of the public, with the non-league outfit now just one win away from the semi-finals and a trip to Wembley.

However, they face the toughest test of their cup run thus far at the Emirates Stadium, with Wood well aware of Alexis and the rest of team-mates's capabilities.

But the full-back insists he is prepared for the threat of the Chile international and is set to take an aggressive approach when it comes to keeping the winger at bay.

"I'm a human being and he's a human being," he told the Daily Mail. "That's all it is. We're two guys who could be going against each other over 90 or 120 minutes.

"There are many ways to skin a cat and by hook or crook that's what I'll try to do to him. If he tries to run me in the channels then I'm smashing him!

"That's not to say that I'm going to boot him 24/7 but if I manage to keep him quiet then I'll have done a good job. It'll be the same on the left side with Sam [Habergham] and in the centre with Luke [Waterfall] and Sean [Raggett].

"We're coming up against world class players who are better than us, we know that, but we've got a big, big heart and we're not going to be tourists on a stadium tour."

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