FA Cup Draw: Arsenal Begin Trophy Defence At Home To Sunderland


Arsenal have been drawn out of the hat to play fellow Premier League side, Sunderland, in the third round of the Emirates FA Cup.

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The Gunners will begin their defence of the trophy in the opening weeks of January, with all third round ties being held between the 8th and 11th.

It’s welcome news for many Arsenal supporters, who are looking forward to a tie against a side currently sitting in the relegation zone and struggling to kick-start their campaign.

However, with the recent arrival of manager, Sam Allardyce, it does spark concerns that it won’t be an easy ride at the Emirates Stadium.

Big Sam is a massive lover of the FA Cup and will want to progress just as much as staying up in the Premier League, so Arsene Wenger has to be alert in choosing his side.

The boss is often tempted to switch a lot of the positions in this competition, and we can expect to see an appearance from the forgotten David Ospina.

Following Arsenal’s 3-1 victory against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, things are certainly looking good on paper, but we all know anything can happen in the Cup.

Full FA Cup Third Round Draw:

Watford v Newcastle

West Brom v Bristol City

West Ham v Wolves

Salford or Hartlepool v Derby

Exeter v Liverpool

Tottenham v Leicester

Colchester v Charlton

Peterborough v Preston

Northampton v MK Dons

Arsenal v Sunderland

Newport v Blackburn

Ipswich v Portsmouth

Birmingham v Bournemouth

Wycombe v Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham

Oxford v Swansea

Brentford v Chesterfield or Walsall

Bury v Bradford

Manchester United v Sheffield United

Everton v Dagenham or Whitehawk

Southampton v Crystal Palace

Eastleigh v Bolton

Nottingham Forest v QPR

Carlisle v Yeovil

Chelsea v Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe

Doncaster v Stoke

Leeds v Rotherham

Cardiff v Grimsby or Shrewsbury

Huddersfield v Reading

Middlesbrough v Burnley

Norwich v Manchester City

Hull v Brighton

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