Arsenal await fate in FA Cup 4th Round draw tonight
Arsenal struggled past Preston North End in the FA Cup third round at Deepdale on Saturday
The Gunners had to come from a goal down to see off the Lilywhites 2-1 to reach tonight’s 4th round draw.
Arsenal trailed at half time to an early Callum Robinson goal, but an equaliser in the first minute of the second period from Aaron Ramsey and a last-minute winner from Captain for the day Olivier Giroud eased the Gunners the Gunners through.
Four of Aaron Ramsey’s five FA Cup goals have come in a third-round tie, with the other coming in the 2014 final.
Olivier Giroud has scored in each of his past eight starts for Arsenal in all competitions, netting 10 goals in total.
It took Arsene Wenger’s record to 21 wins in the 21 FA Cup third-round games he has been in charge of at Arsenal.
The Gunners run of 21 successive seasons progressing from the third round is the longest current run in the competition. Arsenal last being eliminated at this stage by Sheffield United in 1996.
Speaking after the match against Preston on Saturday, Arsene Wenger said.
“Someone reminded me yesterday that I have never been out in the third round in 21 years, but tonight, in the first half, it was close. Preston played with enthusiasm and quality in the first half, they were quicker than us all over.
Maybe subconsciously we thought that it would be easier and at half-time we knew we could have been out.
I believe that we have a togetherness and fighting spirit and that is why we have these comebacks. It was a typical cup tie with English enthusiasm and the crowd cheering on their team.”
The 32 fourth-round ties will be picked out by former England internationals Michael Owen and Martin Keown, both of whom lifted the trophy during their playing days.
The draw takes place at the BT Tower in central London, and will also be broadcast on BT Sport 2 ahead of their televised coverage of Leeds United’s trip to Cambridge United. It will also be shown on BBC Two.
Arsenal are ball number 20 in the draw.