Arsenal v Everton is pick of FA Cup draw

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Wigan shocked Manchester City last season but it will be tough to do it again (©GettyImages)
Wigan shocked Manchester City last season but it will be tough to do it again (©GettyImages).

FA Cup holders Wigan will face their toughest test yet in defending the trophy they won last year, as they face a trip away to Manchester City in a repeat of that memorable final.

The tie will also bring Wigan manager Uwe Rosler back to the blue half of Manchester where he spent four years as a player between 1994 and 1998.

There is also a tasty quarter final on the cards between Everton and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. Roberto Martinez, whose side conquered Swansea at Goodison Park to reach the last eight, says his side have no fear of facing an Arsenal side who will be in good confidence after edging out Liverpool in an FA Cup classic in North London on Sunday.

The semi-finals will definitely include a Football League side after one of Charlton or Sheffield Wednesday will play giant killers Sheffield United who have beaten teams in leagues above them in all of their FA Cup ties thus far.

This could set up the prospect of a Sheffield derby if Wednesday can beat Charlton, after their game was postponed on Saturday after that Hillsborough pitch failed an inspection following extended rain fall in Yorkshire.

Sunderland will have to travel to one of Brighton or Hull, who play each other at the Amex Arena tonight, which could throw up a return to the seaside for former Seagulls manager Gus Poyet. 

The ties are to played on the weekend of March 8-9.

The full draw is as follows-

Arsenal v Everton

Brighton & Hove Albion or Hull City v Sunderland

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday or Charlton Athletic

Manchester City v Wigan Athletic

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