North London derby the choice tie of the FA Cup third round

Arsenal, the Premier League leaders, have been drawn against neighbours Tottenham Hotspur next month in the pick of the FA Cup’s third-round ties. The draw, which was conducted by the former Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham and his son Charlie, pitted the north London rivals against each other for the first time since the 2001 semi-final which Arsenal won 2-1 at Old Trafford.

Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said the tie would be a stern test. “Not enough tough games,” he said following the 1-1 draw with Everton. “They gave us another one.”

The three previous meetings between the two in the competition have come in the last four, with Arsenal winning in 1993 two years after Paul Gascoigne dazzled Wembley to set up a final against Nottingham Forest. The draw also selected Forest to play West Ham in a re-run of the other 1991 semi-final.

David Moyes’s first FA Cup tie with Manchester United will be against Swansea City at Old Trafford, one of four all-Premier League matches. Norwich play Fulham, Newcastle United host Cardiff City and Crystal Palace travel to West Bromwich Albion.

Wigan Athletic, the FA Cup holders, will begin their defence against MK Dons while last season’s beaten finalists Manchester City travel to Blackburn Rovers. The top three teams in the Championship have been drawn away against Premier League opponents with Burnley at Southampton, Queens Park Rangers at Everton and Leicester City at Stoke City. Derby, who are fourth, will welcome Chelsea to Pride Park.

History could repeat itself if Oldham overcome Mansfield in their second-round replay. The Latics knocked out Liverpool last season and have been drawn against the Reds at Anfield.

Aston Villa will take on Sheffield United while Middlesbrough will host Hull City. Carlisle will travel across the country to play Sunderland, the Premier League’s bottom club.

The three non-league survivors were all handed home ties with Kidderminster hosting Peterborough, Grimsby taking on Huddersfield and Macclesfield playing Sheffield Wednesday.

FA Cup third round draw in full

Barnsley v Hartlepool/Coventry
Yeovil v Leyton Orient
Liverpool v Oldham/Mansfield
Nottm Forest v West Ham
Bristol City v Watford
Southend v Millwall
Middlesbrough v Hull
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Kidderminster v Peterborough
Doncaster v Stevenage
Stoke v Leicester
Southampton v Burnley
Newcastle v Cardiff
Rochdale v Leeds
Wigan v MK Dons
Charlton v Wrexham/Oxford
Man Utd v Swansea
Port Vale v Plymouth
Norwich v Fulham
Aston Villa v Sheff Utd
Macclesfield v Sheff Wed
Sunderland v Carlisle
Bolton v Blackpool
Blackburn v Man City
Everton v QPR
Brighton v Reading
Arsenal v Tottenham
Birmingham v Bristol Rovers/Crawley
Grimsby v Huddersfield
Ipswich v Preston
Derby v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Fleetwood/Burton

  • Matches to be played over the weekend of January 4-5.