Arse­nal face Man United 4th round

Cyprus Today - - SPORT -

MANCH­ESTER United will visit Arse­nal in the fourth round of the FA Cup at The Emi­rates Sta­dium af­ter Mon­day’s draw pit­ted the two Premier League giants to­gether.

Arse­nal with 13 FA Cup wins and United with 12 are the most suc­cess­ful clubs in the world’s old­est knock­out com­pe­ti­tion.

Premier League cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City are at home to top-flight strug­glers Burn­ley, while hold­ers Chelsea will take on Sh­effield Wed­nes­day or Lu­ton Town at Stam­ford Bridge.

Gi­ant killers New­port County of League Two (fourth tier), who beat Le­ices­ter City in the third round, face a trip to sec­ond-tier Mid­dles­brough, man­aged by New­port-born Tony Pulis.

Ever­ton face a tricky test at Cham­pi­onship (sec­ond tier) side Mill­wall, while Crys­tal Palace will host Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur in an all-Lon­don tie.

Non-league Bar­net — the low­est-ranked club left in the com­pe­ti­tion — wel­come Cham­pi­onship side Brent­ford.

In Mon­day night’s fi­nal match of the third round, Premier League lead­ers Liver­pool paid the price for field­ing a weak­ened side as they were knocked out with a 2-1 de­feat by Wolves.

The Merseysiders fell be­hind to a Raul Jimenez goal on the break in the 38th minute, the Mex­i­can fir­ing home con­fi­dently af­ter Diogo Jota robbed James Mil­ner.

Bel­gian for­ward Divock Origi brought Liver­pool, seven-times FA Cup win­ners, level in the 51st minute with a well-placed ef­fort from the edge of the area.

But Wolves grabbed the win­ner four min­utes later when Ruben Neves struck a su­perb low drive from 30 yards out.

Liver­pool man­ager Jür­gen Klopp fielded a much-changed line-up, in­clud­ing two teenage debu­tants in mid­fielder Cur­tis Jones and full-back Rafael Ca­ma­cho.

The line-up was fur­ther weak­ened in the sixth minute when cen­tral de­fender De­jan Lovren had to go off with a ham­string in­jury and was re­placed by 16-year-old Dutch­man KiJana Ho­ever.

Clearly dis­ap­pointed with Lovren’s in­jury, es­pe­cially given he has two other cen­tral de­fend­ers Joe Gomez and Joel Matip cur­rently side­lined, Klopp said: “I am not sure what you all would have said if im­me­di­ately from the be­gin­ning our cen­tre­half sit­u­a­tion was Fabinho and Ki-Jana; then prob­a­bly a few Swansea City v Gilling­ham AFC Wim­ble­don v West Ham United Shrews­bury Town or Stoke City v Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers Mill­wall v Ever­ton Brighton & Hove Al­bion v West Bromwich Al­bion Bris­tol City v Bolton Wan­der­ers Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley v Derby County or Southamp­ton Don­caster Rovers v Old­ham Ath­letic Chelsea v Sh­effield Wed­nes­day or Lu­ton Town New­cas­tle United or Black­burn Rovers v Wat­ford Mid­dles­brough v New­port County Manch­ester City v Burn­ley Bar­net v Brent­ford Portsmouth v Queens Park Rangers Arse­nal v Manch­ester United Crys­tal Palace v Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur The fourth round will be played from Jan­uary 25 to 28.

very smart peo­ple would tell me that I don’t re­spect the com­pe­ti­tion or what­ever.”

Wolves’s Por­tuguese man­ager Nuno Espir­ito Santo was de­lighted with the way his team, ninth in the Premier League, had han­dled Liver­pool. “I am very pleased, the team per­formed very well in a tough game. We took our chances,” he said.

Wolves man­ager Nuno Espir­ito Santo and Ruben Neves cel­e­brate af­ter the match

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