Sunderland boss Lee Johnson gets his wish as Black Cats ‘avoid big guns’ and get Arsenal in Carabao Cup quarter-finals

SUNDERLAND manager Lee Johnson may be having a little chuckle to himself after drawing Arsenal away in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals.

The Black Cats beat Championship QPR in the previous round and after the match Johnson wound up Gunners supporters.

Lee Johnson poked fun at Arsenal before drawing them in the Carabao Cup


Lee Johnson poked fun at Arsenal before drawing them in the Carabao CupCredit: PA

Asked who he wanted to face in the quarter-final, Johnson said: “I’d love to have Arsenal away or Tottenham away.

“And then we’ll wait for the really big guns when it’s two legs.

Some Arsenal fans, clearly riled up, began asking “who is this nobody”.

But they will know all about Johnson and his League One Sunderland side when they visit the Emirates in December, a week before Christmas.

Johnson has a history of producing upsets in the Carabao Cup too.

In 2017 Jose Mourinho took his Manchester United side to Ashton Gate, with Johnson’s Bristol City victorious thanks to a last-minute winner from Korey Smith.


The Robins then proved a tough test for Manchester City in the semi-finals, but Pep Guardiola found a way to win.

Many Arsenal fans are looking forward to taking on the Black Cats and are confident about beating the League One side.

One Gunner wrote on Twitter: “You got your wish big man. Arsenal let’s smash them please.

Another added: “Lee Johnson wanted an easy draw like Arsenal. Now he’s got it. Pre-match team talk done. Thank you Lee.”

A third said: “Johnson’s wish has been granted, let’s show him flames.”

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