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Arsenal v Swansea set to be re-arranged for FA Cup replay

The weekends draw against Hull City is bad news for fans of Swansea City, as it is likely that their Premier League game against Arsenal will be re-arranged to allow the FA Cup replay to take place.

Looking at the fixtures list, and taking into account the implications of the Champions League, it is the only mid-week that is available between now the the FA Cup Quarter Final –Untitled

As you can see, there is not much time between now and the FA Cup Quarter Final.

Now some of you will be screaming “Arsenal do not play in the Champions League the weekend before the QF” Well you are right, but also wrong.

UEFA’s dictatorship dictates that national federations may not schedule top level games or cup matches that clash with Champions League or Europa League.

Basically, they do not want an FA Cup, La Liga or Serie A game to take away any of the viewers from their tournament. It is basically greed. They do not want their own TV viewing figures to drop, and therefore reducing the people that see their sponsors adverts. They basically bully national federations with “If you want to play in our competitions, you have to agree to our rules.”

They do the same with governments if they wish to host major tournaments – the IAAF also do it with the Olympics – ensuring little to no tax is paid by either the organisation or their sponsors.

What this leaves the FA, Arsenal & Hull with is three options:

  1. Re-arrange the Arsenal v Swansea and Birmingham v Hull City games, putting the FA Cup replay on either the 3rd or 4th of March. The re-arranged Swansea fixture will then be moved to the week commencing 18th March
  2. Play the FA Cup reply on the same weekend as the QF games. And then re-schedule the QF match for when the QF replays will be (and pray that the QF does not go to replay)
  3. Schedule the game for when the Champions League is, but have it finishing before 7.45pm so that is does not clash with Champions League games – Barcelona recently played a match against Sporting Gijon in La Liga kicking off late afternoon

The Swansea fixture is the most likely, and easiest for all involved, to move.

Looking forward into the future (if Arsenal get through), the Premier League and Arsenal could have some headaches coming up. If Arsenal make the QF of the FA Cup, and are taken once more to a replay, and get through to the semi final, we might see Arsenal having to play a fixture after the season has “ended.”


If Arsenal make the Semi Final, requiring a replay in the QF, it leaves one free week to play 3 fixtures.

Even if we do not require a QF replay, it still leaves one game having no where to go, as the QF replay week will be used for Swansea, and it would still leave us to have to re-arrange the Swansea and Sunderland game into the same week to ensure all games are completed before the end of the season.

Of course, this is all just speculation at the moment, if Arsenal lose to Hull, the re-arranged Swansea game will take place where the FA Cup QF game is and there will be no need to reschedule any further games.

It could be even worse for Manchester City if today’s game against Chelsea go’s to replay. With next week being the League Cup Final, they already have one game to re-arrange. They could end up having 4 to find space for.

As a travelling fan, it is frustrating to not be able to take advantage of advanced rail tickets. I feel for Swansea fans who will be unable to get refunds. I feel for WBA fans who still await a date to play Arsenal. And I feel for ourselves, who are going to have to potentially wait until the last minute to purchase what will then be a £100 rail ticket to get to Sunderland (via Newcastle).

Sorry Swansea.



10 things to have happened since Arsenal lost in the FA Cup

1231) Wigan won their first FA Cup, and got relegated, twice

2) Jose Mourinho rejoined Chelsea, won the league, got sacked

3) Abou Diaby played 16 minutes of football against Norwich

4) Alex Ferguson left Manchester United, replaced by David Moyes, who was replaced by Ryan Giggs, who was replaced by Louis van Gaal

5) England failed to win a game at the 2014 World Cup Finals, then won every game in the 2016 Euro Qualifiers

6) Arsenal signed Mesut Ozil. And Alexis Sanchez. And Petr Cech

7) Mathieu Flamini rejoined Arsenal. Scored a goal v Spurs. And another

8) Spurs won nothing

9) Andy Murray became the first Brit to win Wimbledon for 77 years

10) Arsenal won the FA Cup. Twice

Bonus: Arsenal knocked out Hull in the FA Cup. Twice



Arsenal set to field strong line up for FA Cup

Arsenal are likely to make changes for Saturday’s FA Cup fixture against Hull.

With one eye on a Champions League home tie against Barcelona on Tuesday, followed by 3 Premier League games in 7 days, including key trips to Manchester United and Spurs, Arsene Wenger will use this FA Cup weekend to give some key players a rest.

Despite the expected squad rotation, Arsenal will still field a strong side filled with international regulars and talented youth. It will be more than enough to destroy Hull City, who themselves will field a weak side as they go for promotion.


So what will Arsenal’s side look like?

David Ospina

Columbian international goal keeper who this time last year became Arsenal’s number 1. Came in for some fair criticism after a Champions League appearance against Olympiakos earlier this season, where he dropped a corner into his own net, but this was merely just an error. A quality keeper with 62 caps for his country, he is a safe pair of hands. Arguably the best number 2 in the league.

Hector Bellerin

With Carl Jenkinson (capped by England) and Mathieu Debuchy (capped by France), it leaves Hector Bellerin, our first choice and only uncapped right back to play right hand side. Despite him being so young – younger than Manchester United’s next big thing Donald Love – he has been 1st choice for a year now. He is our senior right back.

Per Mertesacker

World Cup Winner. 100 Caps for Germany. Vice Captain. Not exactly putting the kids in when he starts is it?

Calum Chambers

With Laurent Koscielny going off against Leicester City at the weekend, and Gabriel currently sunning himself in Brazil, Chambers will play centre back. In my opinion it is his best position, and he is a future England international. He might be young, but he is composed. Already capped by England, he performed terrifically against Leicester and will play again against Hull City

Kieran Gibbs

Another international who is part of our ‘B’ side. 18 months ago, he was first choice, and arguably England’s best left back. The brilliant form shown by Nacho Monreal this season has meant he has been a bit part player, a defensive sub and a few cup appearances. He is a class full back, especially in games we dominate. Not exactly weak.

Mohamed Elneny

Since he signed for Arsenal in January, his appearances have been fleeting. But he performed well in the FA Cup against Sunderland. Inexperienced in the Premier League, he has a wealth of experience on the continent, and has performed well in the Champions League for Basel.

Mathieu Flamini

Another player with vast experience. His days might be numbered at Arsenal, but with a potential carrot of a one year extension, he rarely lets us down.

Alex Iwobi

The only real kid in the side with little experience. He has impressed when he has played. And surrounded by experience, there will be no pressure on him to do anything but play his own game.

Joel Campbell

It shows our strength in depth that having had such an influence at the beginning of the season, Joel Campbell has not been seen since the 62nd minute against Southampton. He will get a run out against Hull City.

Theo Walcott / Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

With Alexis Sanchez certain to be rested, this is one of the only decisions Arsene Wenger has to make. Who to play left wing? It will depend on what is plan is against Barcelona. Whichever one he is not playing to start in the Champions League will get a run out against Hull. My bet is Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Danny Welbeck

Imagine rotating in England’s number 9 as your second choice striker. Regaining fitness, he will be buzzing after the goal against Leicester. Another experienced international. He might be getting rotated in, but is still a strong player.

Bellerin Mertesacker Chambers Gibbs
Elneny Flamini
Campbell Iwobi Ox

The side we are set to put out might be a rotate side, but it is a very strong side, one that would do  a job in many Premier League games.


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