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FA Cup Fixtures Released As Arsenal Begin Defence Against Sunderland

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Defending champions, Arsenal FC will kick off their 2015/16 FA Cup title defence at home against Sunderland in the third round.

Arsene Wenger’s men have won the last two editions of the cup, having won a record twelve FA Cups, as they hope to become only the third team in the history to win the FA Cup three times in a row.

The last team to achieve the feat were Blackburn Rovers, who won the Cup in 1884, 1885 and 1886.

Manchester United, who have won the FA Cup 11 times and host League One side Sheffield United, who were beaten semi-finalists in 2013.

Manchester City will face struggling top-flight rivals Norwich City, as Exeter City welcome Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool to Devon.

Chelsea will also face lower-league opposition at Stamford Bridge, after the Premier League champions were drawn against the winner of the second round match between Leyton Orient and Scunthorpe.

The FA Cup third round ties will take place on the weekend of January 8-11. 

FA Cup third-round draw:
Arsenal v Sunderland
Birmingham v Bournemouth
Brentford v Chesterfield/Walsall
Bury v Bradford City
Cardiff City v Grimsby/Shrewsbury
Carlisle v Yeovil
Chelsea v Leyton Orient/Scunthorpe
Colchester v Charlton
Doncaster v Stoke City
Eastleigh v Bolton
Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge/Whitehawk
Exeter City v Liverpool
Huddersfield v Reading
Hull City v Brighton
Ipswich v Portsmouth
Leeds United v Rotherham
Manchester United v Sheffield United
Middlesbrough v Burnle
Newport County v Blackburn
Northampton v MK Dons
Norwich v Manchester City
Nottingham Forest v QPR
Oxford United v Swansea
Peterborough v Preston NE
Salford City/Hartlepool v Derby
Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Tottenham v Leicester
Watford v Newcastle
West Bromwich v Bristol City
West Ham v Wolves
Wycombe v Aston Villa