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Arsenal handed extremely difficult FA Cup third round tie against familiar opponent

Arsenal will face one of the strongest clubs in the Premier League in the FA Cup fourth round fixture in January.

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Arsenal will host Liverpool in the highly anticipated FA Cup third-round clash at the Emirates Stadium between January 5th and 8th, 2024.

The two Premier League powerhouses will face each only for the third time in the competition in the fixture that will headline the weekend for the oldest cup competition in the world and a competition steeped in the rich tapestry of English football history.

While Arsenal boasts a storied past and a staggering record of 14 FA Cup victories, their recent performance in the tournament has raised concerns. Failing to progress beyond the fourth round in the last three seasons, the Gunners face mounting pressure as they prepare to confront Liverpool, heightening the stakes for this impending battle.

The Gunners’ legacy in the FA Cup is illustrious. With 14 title triumphs and 21 final appearances, Arsenal have been a dominant force in the competition for decades. Their initial FA Cup victory dates back to 1930, but it was their impressive reign between 1998 and 2020, clinching the trophy eight times, that solidified their status as FA Cup giants. Notably, under the iconic leadership of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal secured seven of these victories, making Wenger the most successful manager in FA Cup history.

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Mikel Arteta won his first trophy in charge of Arsenal three years ago when the Gunners clinched a memorable 2-1 victory over Chelsea, courtesy of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang double.

In parallel, the FA Cup draw unveiled thrilling matchups across the board. Defending champions Manchester City brace for a clash against Huddersfield Town in their quest to defend the coveted trophy, while last season’s runners-up, Manchester United, prepare for an away game against Wigan Athletic. Chelsea and Tottenham, commencing their cup campaigns at home, will take on Preston and Burnley, respectively.

Furthermore, the draw set the stage for captivating encounters within the Premier League as Brentford faces Wolves, Crystal Palace battles Everton, and Newcastle United braces for a heated showdown against Sunderland.

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