Arsenal and Tottenham face away days in FA Cup fourth round
Gunners to play either Shrewsbury or Southampton, while Spurs drawn against Championship side Wycombe Wanderers
11 January, 2021 — By Steve Barnett and Dan Carrier
The race to Wembley is on
FA Cup holders Arsenal are hitting the road in their bid to retain the famous old trophy after being handed an away tie against either Shrewsbury or Southampton in the fourth round.
The odds favour the Gunners playing the Saints, with reports that Ralph Hasenhuttl’s squad could get a walkover after Shrewsbury were unable to fulfil Saturday’s third round clash at Saint Mary’s due to a Covid-19 outbreak in their camp.
If Mikel Arteta’s side successfully navigate their way through the fourth round, they will then tackle another away day in the fifth round, this time against either non-league Chorley or Wolves.
Arsenal needed extra-time to finally see off Newcastle in the third round on Saturday in a lacklustre affair at the Emirates Stadium.
Emile Smith Rowe had a straight red card for a challenge on Sean Longstaff at the end of normal time downgraded to just a booking by referee Chris Kavanagh, meaning the youngster was still on the pitch to make the all-important breakthrough in the 109th minute.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the 2-0 win with a much-needed goal in the final minutes of the additional 30, tapping home Kieran Tierney’s cross.
Arteta won his first ever trophy as a manager back in August when Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 to win the FA Cup for a record 14th time.
Setting his sights on retaining the silverware, the Gunners boss said: “It’s always important to stay in the competitions, and we want to fight for this competition again.”
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho’s Spurs will travel to Championship side Wycombe Wanderers in the fourth round – and if they progress against the Buckinghamshire-based outfit, will meet either Sheffield Wednesday or Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton in the fifth round.
Tottenham booked their place in tonight’s (Monday) draw with ease, beating non-league minnows Marine 5-0.
Carlos Vinicius scored a 13-minute first half hat-trick, while fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura also found the back of the net with an exquisite free-kick.
But the pick of the bunch came from 16-year-old Alfie Devine, who marked his Tottenham first-team debut by beating Marine keeper Bayleigh Passant, a 20-year-old supermarket worker, at his near post.
Spurs will have to work a lot harder to make it into the fifth round. The last time they met Wycombe in the fourth round back in 2017 it was a cracker of a match, with Wanderers going two goals up in the first half before Spurs finished strongly to win 4-3.
The fourth-round ties will be played the weekend of January 23-24, while the fifth round will be midweek matches between February 9-11.