Gunners cup tie at Deepdale to be televised
Gunners cup tie at Deepdale to be televised

Arsenal’s FA Cup third round tie with Preston North Road at Deepdale will be shown live on BT Sport.

The tie will be played on Saturday 7th January 2017, with a 5.30pm kick-off (UK time).

The clubs last met in the FA Cup in the third round at Deepdale on the 4th January 1999. It was a hugely eventful and entertaining match, which Arsenal won 4-2.

Preston went two goals up through Kurt Nogan in the first twenty-one minutes. Luis Boa Morte pulled one back for the Gunners on the stroke of half-time. Arsenal completed the comeback with three second-half goals from Emmanuel Petit (2) and Marc Overmars. The Gunners cause though was greatly assisted by the sending off of the home side’s David Eyers in the 58th minute.

The sides last met in October 1999 with Arsenal winning 2-1 in a League Cup third round tie at Highbury, with goals from Kanu and Stefan Malz.

Preston will receive £144,000 in broadcast fees for the latest contest between the sides. While the victors of the tie will pick up £67,500 from The FA prize fund.

Speaking after the draw Lilywhtes manager Simon Grayson, said.

“It is great for the football club. When you are asked what you want in a draw, your response is always a big team either home or away, but being at home it gives your own fans the opportunity to see some world-class players and they don’t come much bigger and better than this Arsenal squad at this time.  It is fantastic for everybody, we will all be looking forward to it, but the cliché is that we have too many games before then to worry about Arsenal. But, it’s great for the club and everyone connected with it.  The run of home games coming up heading through the festive period is a mouth-watering one for every PNE fan, as well and the manager and players.  It is going to be brilliant in the next few weeks. With the next four home games being Blackburn, Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal and when you get numbers in here at Deepdale it makes a it a place that everyone wants to be a part of.   We are looking forward to it; Arsenal have a fantastic history and tradition and will be looking to try to get some silverware this year and on the other side of that we will be looking to progress to the fourth round.  We have quite a few league games to concentrate on, but when it comes around it will be great for everyone. For myself, I can pit my wits against Arsene Wenger. I have done it before a couple of times when I was at Leeds and the players will be looking forward to it and will be desperate to play and hopefully it will add a bit more spice to the team over the next few weeks, as everyone looks to improve to get some results and stake a claim for a place when the tie comes around.”

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