A trip to Championship side Brighton awaits Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup, as the Gunners look to continue their defence of the famous trophy.
After dispatching last year’s runners-up Hull in the third round, Arsenal have been handed a trip to the South Coast where they will meet struggling Brighton.
Brighton are currently engulfed in a surprise relegation scrap, sitting in 21st in the Championship only ahead of the drop zone by virtue of goal difference. Last month they parted company with manager Sami Hyppia, and have since appointed former Newcastle and Norwich boss Chris Hughton.
Hughton guided his new side to an excellent 2-0 victory away to Brentford in the third round on Saturday, and despite their lowly position they are showing signs of revival as they have formed a four match unbeaten run.
Arsenal met Brighton at this stage two years ago, the Gunners narrowly progressing as two Olivier Giroud goals a late Theo Walcott winner helped them to a 3-2 win at the Amex.
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The Gunners will be hoping for the same result when they meet Brighton this year, with ties to be played on the weekend of the 24th and 25th January.
In other ties the lowest ranked team in the draw Cambridge United have been handed a dream home tie against Manchester United. The League Two side were promoted back into the Football League last year, and defeated Luton in the third round to set up a mouthwatering encounter with Louis Van Gaal’s side.
Elsewhere Liverpool will host Bolton, Manchester City host Middlesbrough and Stoke City will make the trip to Rochdale who will be looking to cause another cup upset after knocking out Nottingham Forest in the previous round.
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