FA Cup giant-killing legend gives Sutton United advice on how to beat Arsenal
Sutton United will be looking to pull off a giant-killing of their own against Arsene Wenger’s men (Getty Images)

It was 1-0 with eight minutes left on the clock in Arsenal‘s third round tie against non-league Wrexham in 1992, when the minnows won a free-kick on the edge of the box.

Mickey Thomas, the 37-year-old club captain, stepped up and struck the sweetest of free-kicks with his left foot right into the top corner of David Seaman’s goal to level the scores.

The goal – which was followed up by teammate Steve Watkins’ winner two minutes later – went down as one of the most iconic in the FA Cup’s history and the Welsh side’s victory as one of its biggest upsets.

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With the Gunners set to face lowly Sutton United on Monday, Thomas has offered the non-league outfit’s players some advice on how to pull off a giant-killing of their own.

‘Never stop getting in their faces,’ he told the Sunday Telegraph.

Manchester United and Wales footballer Mickey Thomas, circa 1980.  (Photo by Harry Goodwin/Paul Popper/Popperfoto/Getty Images)
Thomas lost against Arsenal in the 1979 FA Cup final when playing for Manchester United (Getty Images)

‘Make it as uncomfortable as possible. And never give up believing.’

Thomas, who explained that all the pressure will be on Arsenal, added that Sutton need to make the Premier League giants ‘switch off’.

‘We went in at half-time only one down when honestly we could have been six or seven,’ he explained of that famous night 25 years ago.

‘They absolutely battered us. But the fact they didn’t finish us off gave us belief.

‘In all honesty, they switched off, thinking they could do it at any time. That’s what Sutton have to do: get them to switch off. Then hit them with a free-kick like mine.’

It’s as simple as that…

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