Fifth Round FA Cup Draw: Manchester Utd vs Arsenal

Arsenals Arsene Wenger - photo courtesy of Bodog SportsSo there you have it the FA Cup’s 5th Round draw was made about 30 minutes ago at Soho Square, with Ray Wilkins (ex Manchester United) and Jimmy Case (ex Liverpool) playing puppet masters!

The juicy news isn’t really that there are only six Premier League teams in the running, or that for the first time in 50 years there hasn’t been a replay in the 4th round - but that Manchester United and Arsenal will go head to head in what will be a home draw for Manchester United. Nice work boys! The last time they met Man Utd went 2-0 down at Old Trafford in 2003.

Others playing at home include Chelsea who face League One Huddersfield Town. The last times these two got it on was a Third Round 2-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge two years ago. There’s nothing like a grudge match for the Town Terriers to sharpen their teeth on! So we’re talking small fry trying to batter the big cod, maybe Bristol Rovers tie against Southampton will be the one - after all they haven’t conceded a single goal in their last two FA Cup outings!

Today’s draw does guarantee that at least three teams from outside the Premier League will line make it to the quarter finals. The 5th Round proper kicks off on February 16th so keep your eyes peeled. Here’s how the final draw looks.

1 Bristol Rovers v Southampton

2 Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers

3 Sheffield United v Middlesbrough

4 Liverpool v Barnsley

5 Manchester United v Arsenal

6 Preston North End v Portsmouth

7 Coventry City v West Bromwich Albion

8 Chelsea v Huddersfield

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