Another round of FA Cup fixtures over - but does anyone still care?

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"The waiting is over..." read Arsenal's tweet from their official Twitter account, when they revealed nine changes to their starting line up for the FA Cup fifth-round clash with Hull City last Sunday.

Elsewhere, Hull tweeted with simplicity and honesty, rather than hyperbole: "Ten changes for the Tigers this afternoon."

A total of 19 changes were made between the two sides, which came as further evidence The FA must do something to save its competition before it falls into irrelevance.


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The fact even Hull made ten alterations shows the FA Cup is in danger of losing its greatest selling point of providing underdogs with a chance to succeed.

Proposals such as midweek matches or giving the winner a Champions League place cannot hide the fact the competition has lost its identity.

The Capital One Cup is now considered by clubs as a chance to give youth prospects a run out until the latter stages of the competition, and whilst the FA Cup is not yet viewed in this way, it could soon be if The FA don't find a way to breathe new life into the deflated competition.

The main reason behind teams playing lesser sides is because of league commitments, of course. Therefore, replays must be scrapped and replaced with extra time and penalties, which could encourage managers to get the job done first time round by using a stronger squad.

The competition will always play second fiddle to the Premier League and Champions League, but there are certain ways to restore its reputation as a competitive and important feature on the football schedule.

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