Having made history as the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals since 1914, Lincoln City have been rewarded with a trip to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the last eight.
The Gunners are reeling after their 10-2 embarrassment at the hands of Bayern Munich but will likely give a few jaded first-team players a rest for the visit of the Imps.
Their lineup will still comprise largely of internationals, however, as Arsene Wenger bids to ensure an awful week does not get even worse in the most shocking style imaginable.
|Game||Arsenal vs Lincoln City|
|Date||Saturday, March 11, 2017|
|Time||17:30 GMT, 12:30 ET|
TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM
In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on BT Sport 2 and by stream via the BT Sport app, with coverage beginning at 17:00 GMT.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|BT Sport 2||BT Sport app|
In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on FS2 and by stream via Fox Soccer 2Go, with coverage beginning at 12:25 ET and 09:25 PT.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
|FS2||Fox Soccer 2Go|
SQUADS & TEAM NEWS
|Goalkeepers||Ospina, Cech, Martinez|
|Defenders||Debuchy, Holding, Gibbs, Monreal, Mertesacker, Mustafi, Gabriel, Bellerin, Koscielny, Jenkinson|
|Midfielders||Ramsey, Xhaka, Ozil, Reine-Adelaide, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin, Maitland-Niles|
|Forwards||Alexis, Perez, Sanogo, Giroud, Walcott|
Arsenal have been hit by a sickness bug and though Mesut Ozil has recovered and came off the bench in the Champions League in midweek, Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi are still suffering and may not be involved here.
Otherwise, Wenger is without long-term absentee Santi Cazorla and Mohamed Elneny, who will be out for at least another week or two with an ankle problem.
Potential starting XI: Ospina; Gabriel, Mustafi, Holding, Gibbs; Ramsey, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Walcott, Perez, Reine-Adelaide.
|Position||Lincoln City players|
|Goalkeepers||Farman, Walton, Walker|
|Defenders||Wood, Habergham, Waterfall, Raggett, McCombe|
|Midfielders||Power, Hawkridge, Arnold, Woodyard|
|Forwards||Muldoon, Rhead, Marriott, Margetts|
Lincoln's team mostly picks itself as they are missing four cup-tied players as well as battling a couple of injuries, and will need to fill out their bench with youth players.
The main decision for boss Danny Cowley to make is up front, where Jack Muldoon and Jonny Margetts are both in contention to partner Matt Rhead.
Potential starting XI: Farman; Wood, Waterfall, Raggett, Habergham; Arnold, Power, Woodyard, Hawkridge; Rhead, Muldoon.
BETTING & GAME ODDS
Arsenal are, unsurprisingly, huge favourites to see off a non-league team on home turf and can be backed at odds between 1/12 and 1/20, according to Oddschecker. The draw is about a 12/1 shot and Lincoln are as long as 40/1 to pull off one of the biggest cup shocks ever.
Alexis Sanchez is the 13/5 favourite to score the first goal, though Lucas Perez may be a better bet at 10/3 as the man most likely to start up front for the Gunners. Lincoln striker Rhead can be backed at 20/1.
This match will probably come as a relief for Arsene Wenger; while Lincoln City will hope their magical run has life left in it yet, the gulf in class between these two teams is vast and Arsenal generally have a good record when it comes to ties like this.
Barring a miracle, Wenger will be able to ease some of the pressure on his shoulders by securing a place in the FA Cup semi-finals and give a few key players a much-needed rest before the return to Premier League action on March 18. It would be a surprise to see Alexis Sanchez start here given all that has gone on over the past couple of weeks and Mesut Ozil will surely feature only among the substitutes, if at all, as well.
Lucas Perez has generally done the business up front in Arsenal's cup fixtures - begging the question as to why he has not seen more regular action as a 28-year-old, £17 million new signing - and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in Ozil's place, is one of few players to emerge from recent games with much credit.
Lincoln will, of course, be desperate to give a good account of themselves at the Emirates Stadium in front of the television cameras and might fancy their chances given Arsenal's current predicament, but really their work is already done. Imps supporters will soak in a memorable day out at a Premier League stadium and the club will pocket another chunk of TV money as they look to seal promotion from the National League, which they currently top by six points.
They have not only given the FA Cup a much-needed boost but also might have put some extra momentum behind their own revival and return to the Football League.