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Spurs and Gunners will meet in FA Cup derby tussle

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 08, 2013

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, seen celebrating Sunday's goal against Everton, is due to have his first taste of FA Cup football against Tottenham. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil, seen celebrating Sunday's goal against Everton, is due to have his first taste of FA Cup football against Tottenham. Picture: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

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PREMIER LEAGUE leaders Arsenal were handed a derby against north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's draw for the third round of the FA Cup.

Arsenal's most recent piece of silverware came in the 2005 FA Cup and, if the Gunners are to repeat that success this season, they will have to overcome Spurs at the first hurdle after the two sides were paired together.

The pair are among the most successful clubs in the competition's history, with Arsenal having lifted the trophy on ten occasions while Spurs have won it eight times.

The only side to have won the FA Cup more times are Manchester United, who will also be involved in an all-Premier League tie in the third round after being paired at home to Swansea City.

United might have been hoping for a more favourable Cup draw following a hugely disappointing start to the defence of their league title which has seen them lose five times in 15 matches under new boss David Moyes, with their latest setback Saturday's 1-0 loss to Newcastle United at Old Trafford. The Red Devils have won the FA Cup 11 times, but the last time was back in 2004.

FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic start off against Milton Keynes Dons while the side they beat in May's final, Manchester City, face a short trip to Blackburn Rovers.

Liverpool, who moved up to second in the Premier League standings with their 4-1 win over West Ham United on Saturday, could face Oldham Athletic – the team who knocked them out last season – in their third-round tie

Oldham beat the Reds 3-2 in the fourth round and they will get another crack at Brendan Rodgers' men if they can overcome Mansfield Town in their second-round replay.

Liverpool also met Mansfield last season, with Luis Suarez's contentious second goal – when the Uruguay international handled the ball before scoring – earning his side a 2-1 away win in the third round.

FA Cup third-round draw: Barnsley v Hartlepool or Coventry, Yeovil Town v Leyton Orient, Liverpool v Oldham or Mansfield, Nottingham Forest v West Ham, Bristol City v Watford, Southend v Millwall, Middlesbrough v Hull City, West Bromwich v Crystal Palace, Kidderminster v Peterborough, Doncaster v Stevenage, Stoke v Leicester, Southampton v Burnley, Newcastle v Cardiff, Rochdale v Leeds, Wigan v Milton Keynes Dons, Charlton v Wrexham or Oxford Utd, Manchester Utd v Swansea, Port Vale v Plymouth Argyle, Norwich v Fulham, Aston Villa v Sheffield Utd, Macclesfield v Sheffield Wednesday, Sunderland v Carlisle, Bolton v Blackpool, Blackburn v Manchester City, Everton v Queen's Park Rangers, Brighton v Reading, Arsenal v Tottenham, Birmingham v Bristol Rovers or Crawley, Grimsby v Huddersfield, Ipswich v Preston, Derby v Chelsea, Bournemouth v Fleetwood or Burton Albion. (Ties to be played over the weekend of January 3 to 6).

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