LONDON (AFP) – FA Cup holders Arsenal face a rematch with last season’s beaten finalists Hull in the third round of this year’s competition.
Arsene Wenger’s side ended a nine-year trophy drought as Aaron Ramsey’s extra-time goal clinched a 3-2 win over Hull at Wembley in May and the Gunners will start their defence of the Cup against Steve Bruce’s team.
Ironically, Monday’s third round draw was held in Hull, with Tigers manager Steve Bruce watching on as his side were handed a trip to the Emirates Stadium in the first tie drawn out.
The third round, which takes place over the first weekend of January, will also feature a host of fascinating opportunities for memorable giantkilling acts.
League Two minnows AFC Wimbledon, in the third round for the first time in their 12-year history, host Liverpool in a match which recalls the 1988 final, won 1-0 by the original Wimbledon in one of the great FA Cup upsets as the ‘Crazy Gang’ shocked the then reigning English champions.
AFC Wimbledon is a fan-run team formed from the ashes of the club that left south-west London to become Milton Keynes Dons due to falling attendances and an inability to build a new stadium in the borough.
Chelsea, the Premier League leaders and FA Cup winners in four of the last eight seasons, will host Championship promotion contenders Watford.