As soon as Arsenal were able to dispatch of Newcastle United in the third round of the FA Cup, fans were already adjusting to the news that the draw for the fourth round – as well as the fifth round – had been made. The Gunners would’ve been hoping for a set of pretty easy draws to get them through to the quarter-final stage as they continue to try and defend their FA Cup title, but we’re not so sure that’s what they wound up with.
In the fourth round of the competition, Arsenal will face the winner of the rescheduled Southampton vs Shrewsbury Town game. If Shrewsbury cannot fulfil the fixture due to the COVID-19 outbreak they suffered within their squad, the Saints will be put through. Either way, though, the Gunners will be playing away from the Emirates.
A victory will take them through to the fifth round where they will also be away, going head to head with either non-league underdogs Chorley or Wolverhampton Wanderers. With the potential for two lower league or two Premier League opponents, it really is tough to know what to expect from Mikel Arteta’s standpoint. Either way, though, Arsenal should look at themselves as the favourites, even if it is Southampton and Wolves that lie ahead.
Was this a good draw for Arsenal?