Sunderland manager Lee Johnson has sparked a response from Arsenal and Tottenham fans after suggesting that he would relish facing either of the two north London clubs in the Carabao Cup.
The Black Cats became the lowest ranked team through to the quarter-finals of the competition as they defeated Queens Park Rangers on penalties last night.
Sunderland were one of three teams to secure a spot in the last eight of the competition, with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea also progressing after beating Leeds United and Southampton respectively.
West Ham, Brentford and Tottenham will all be hoping to join them in the quarter-finals this evening when they take on Manchester City, Stoke City and Burnley respectively.
But Johnson has got some fans talking after speaking after the Black Cats’ victory in west London when he was asked who he would like to draw next.
“I’d love to have Arsenal away or Tottenham away, or someone like that,” Johnson said.
“Then we will wait for the really big guns when it is two legs [in the semi-finals].”
Unsurprisingly, his comments have sparked a reaction from fans of the north London rivals, with both Arsenal and Tottenham supporters responding to the Sunderland manager’s post-match interview.
Here’s what some of them have said on social media.
Opinionz @DxbzzzAFC wrote: “He has some cheek to come out and say that.”
Gra Parris @parrisgra5 wrote: “Does he know that Spurs aren’t even through yet?”
Seb @AFCSeb1 said: “The audacity to mention us and Spurs in the same bracket.”
In response, LP @thfclp_ said: “I know right, such disrespect to Spurs.”
Cherie @Cheriebyas34 said: “But why Spurs.”
The draw for the quarter-finals is set to take place on Saturday morning on Sky Sports, with the ties set to take place in December.
The draw will be shown live on the Saturday morning (October 30) show on Sky Sports between 10:00 and 12:00 on both Main Event and Premier League channels.
A set time for the draw has not been confirmed but show hosts Jimmy Bullard and John Fendley will be pulling out the numbers.