Arsenal potentially have two tough FA Cup ties ahead of them, whilst a few of their loanees have also drawn Premier League opponents.
The fourth and fifth rounds of the FA Cup will take place over the weekend of 23rd January, and on Wednesday 10th February. Last night we learned the draws for both stages.
Following Arsenal’s 2-0 extra-time win over Newcastle United on Saturday, things aren’t going to get any easier in the coming rounds.
First, they’ll take on the winner of the postponed clash between Southampton and Shrewsbury Town, then the winner of Chorley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers if they can reach the next round.
Both ties are away for Arsenal, and you’d expect Southampton and Wolves to overcome their lower-league opponents to set up dates with Mikel Arteta’s side.
Meanwhile, young centre-back and Blackpool loanee Daniel Ballard has a great fourth-round tie away to Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion. Victory there would mean a trip away to Brentford or Leicester City.
Teenage centre-forward loanee Tyreece John-Jules will also get the chance to take on Premier League opposition, as Doncaster Rovers travel to London to face West Ham United.
If they manage to cause an upset, they’ll then face Manchester United or Liverpool away in the fifth round.
25-year-old Arsenal goalkeeper Dejan Iliev is technically on loan to Shrewsbury Town right now, but he hasn’t played a minute since November.
If Shrewsbury Town beat Southampton they’ll face Arsenal in the fourth round. They’d then take on Chorley or Wolves after that, but Iliev’s loan will be over by then anyway, as it expires at the end of January.
Below is the full FA Cup draw for the fourth and fifth rounds.
1 Cheltenham Town v Manchester City
2 AFC Bournemouth v Crawley Town
3 Swansea City v Nottingham Forest
4 Manchester United v Liverpool
5 Southampton or Shrewsbury Town v Arsenal
6 Barnsley v Norwich City
7 Chorley v Wolverhampton Wanderers
8 Millwall v Bristol City
9 Brighton & Hove Albion v Blackpool
10 Wycombe Wanderers v Tottenham Hotspur
11 Fulham v Burnley
12 Sheffield United v Plymouth Argyle
13 Chelsea v Luton Town
14 West Ham United v Doncaster Rovers
15 Brentford v Leicester City
16 Everton v Sheffield Wednesday
1 Fulham or Burnley v AFC Bournemouth or Crawley Town
2 Manchester United or Liverpool v Stockport County or West Ham United or Doncaster Rovers
3 Sheffield United or Plymouth Argyle v Millwall or Bristol City
4 Chorley or Wolverhampton Wanderers v Southampton or Shrewsbury Town or Arsenal
5 Barnsley or Norwich City v Chelsea or Luton Town
6 Everton or Sheffield Wednesday v Wycombe Wanderers or Tottenham Hotspur
7 Swansea City or Nottingham Forest v Cheltenham Town or Manchester City
8 Brentford or Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion or Blackpool