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Friday 22 September 2017

Gunners face spurs in FA Cup shootout

Premier League leaders Arsenal have been handed a mouthwatering tie against north London rivals Tottenham in the third round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal's most recent piece of silverware came in the 2005 FA Cup, but if they are to repeat that success, they will have to overcome Spurs at the first hurdle after the two sides were paired together in the pick of yesterday's draw.

The pair are among the most successful clubs in the competition's history, with Arsenal winning the trophy on 10 occasions while Spurs have won it eight times. The only side to have won the FA Cup more times are Manchester United, who will also be involved in an all-Premier League tie, at home to Swansea.

All the third-round ties will take place on the weekend of January 4-5.

THIRD-ROUND DRAW

Barnsley v Hartlepool/Coventry; Yeovil v Leyton O; Liverpool v Oldham or Mansfield; Nottm Forest v West Ham; Bristol City v Watford; Southend v Millwall; Middlesbro' v Hull; West Brom v Crystal P Kidderminster v Peterborough; Doncaster v Stevenage; Stoke v Leicester; Southampton v Burnley; Newcastle v Cardiff; Rochdale v Leeds; Wigan v MK Dons; Charlton v Wrexham or Oxford; Man Utd v Swansea; Port Vale v Plymouth; Norwich v Fulham; Aston Villa v Sheff Utd; Macclesfield v Sheff Wed; Sunderland v Carlisle; Bolton v Blackpool; Blackburn v Man City; Everton v QPR; Brighton v Reading; Arsenal v Tottenham; Birmingham v Bristol Rovers/Crawley; Grimsby v Huddersfield; Ipswich v Preston; Derby v Chelsea; Bournemouth v Fleetwood/Burton

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