LITTLE Farnborough Town has become embroiled in a row with Sky television as it prepares for the biggest tie in its history - an FA Cup clash against mighty Arsenal.

The satellite channel has warned it will screen the match with last season's double winners on January 25 only if it is played at the minnow's Cherrywood Road ground.

Sky believes there would be a chance of Farnborough becoming giant killers on their own pitch, whereas the match would be too one-sided on the Londoners' ground.

But it seems certain that the Hampshire club will be forced to switch the fourth round tie to Highbury because of safety considerations.

The club, which almost went out of existence several years ago because of crippling debts, would then miss out on a £260,000 TV pay day.

Farnborough's owner and manager Graham Westley told the Star that his players were "itching to play" on Highbury's big stage. He also believed it would be a day to remember for the fans.

He was disappointed, however, at Sky's attitude. "This match deserves to be screened live to the country no matter where it is staged.

"This is what the FA Cup is about. There is so much romance surrounding the game. It's the tie of the year and should be top TV billing."

Mr Westley added that local police had already expressed concerns about the club's ability to stage the game at its tiny Cherrywood Road ground.The number of spectators would almost certainly be limited to just over 3,500, leaving thousands of disappointed fans in the cold.As the Star went to press, talks were taking place between the police, and Farnborough and Arsenal officials, in a bid to resolve the problem.This is the first time that Farnborough, which has only 900 loyal fans at most, has reached the fourth round of the Cup.