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FA Cup third round draw: Arsenal host Hull City

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FA Cup holders Arsenal have been drawn at home to Hull City in this evening's third round draw, offering an immediate repeat of last season's epic final at Wembley Stadium.

The Gunners came from 2-0 down to lift their first trophy in nine years on that occasion, breaking Hull hearts thanks to an extra-time winner from Aaron Ramsey.

Hull boss Steve Bruce was live at the draw and looked less than impressed with being handed a daunting trip to the Emirates, but should take some heart from a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Arsenal in the Premier League earlier this season.

Repeat of 1988 final sees Wimbledon face Liverpool

Elsewhere a clash between League Two side AFC Wimbledon and Premier League giants in Liverpool is sure to make considerable headlines, a re-run of the memorable 1988 FA Cup final that saw the Dons triumph thanks to a goal from Lawrie Sanchez.

Wimbledon will get the chance to savour facing their biggest opposition since the formed club returned to the Football League, but below that level the eight non-league sides still in the draw also have plenty of reason to be happy with a smattering of money-spinning ties in the New Year.

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United will face Accrington or Yeovil

Manchester United were handed the potential banana-skin of a trip to either League One strugglers Yeovil Town or League Two side Accrington Stanley, a match which will tricky should realistically offer the Red Devils safe passage to the next round.

Chelsea will host Watford at Stamford Bridge, but rather more enticingly there are two ties which pit non-league opposition against the might of the Premier League.

Dover Athletic can look forward to entertaining Crystal Palace, while Gateshead's fairytale will continue against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

Elsewhere Manchester City will take on Sheffield Wednesday, while Leeds against Sunderland will also offer the chance for Mackems fans to look back at their famous FA Cup triumph in 1973.

FA Cup third round draw in full: (ties to be played weekend beginning January 3rd)

Doncaster v Bristol City
Preston v Norwich City
Accrington or Yeovil v Manchester United
QPR v Sheffield United
Barnsley or Chester v Middlesbrough
Chelsea v Watford
Cambridge or Mansfield v Bury or Luton
Everton v West Ham
Scunthorpe or Worcester v Chesterfield
Leicester City v Newcastle United
Fulham v Wolves
Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion
Derby County v Southport
Millwall v Bradford City
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland v Leeds United
Bolton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
Cardiff City v Colchester United
Oxford or Tranmere v Swansea City
Huddersfield Town v Reading
Rotherham United v Bournemouth
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham City
West Brom v Gateshead
Aldershot or Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
Manchester City v Sheffield Wednesday
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool
Dover Athletic v Crystal Palace
Charlton v Blackburn Rovers
Stoke City v Wrexham
Southampton v Ipswich
Arsenal v Hull 

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