FA Cup third round draw complete results (Arsenal vs. Spurs!!!)


The third round draw of the FA Cup is in and we have some exciting prospects around the Premier League.

The draw is headlined by none other than the contentious North London Derby, as Arsenal draws hated rivals Tottenham.

A number of other Premier League teams will square off, with West Bromwich Albion hosting Crystal Palace, Manchester United getting a tough draw with Swansea, and Fulham traveling to Norwich.

Defending champions Wigan Athletic, now in the Championship, will host MK Dons.

Here are the matchups for the teams in the Premier League:

West Brom vs. Crystal Palace
Southampton vs. Burnley
Manchester United vs. Swansea
Norwich vs. Fulham
Liverpool vs. Oldham/Mansfield
Middlesboro vs. Hull City
Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United
Blackburn vs. Manchester City
Everton vs. QPR
Derby County vs. Chelsea
Stoke City vs. Leicester
Newcastle United vs. Cardiff City
Nottingham Forest vs. West Ham
Sunderland vs. Carlisle

The rest of the draw:

Yeovil vs. Leyton Orient
Barnsley vs. Hartlepool/Coventry City
Bristol City vs. Watford
Southend vs. Millwall
Doncaster vs. Stevenage
Kidderminster vs. Petersborough
Rochdale vs. Leeds
Wigan (defending champions) vs. MK Dons
Charlton vs. Wrexham/Oxford
Port Vale vs. Plymouth
Macclesfield Town vs. Sheffield Wednesday
Bolton vs. Blackpool
Brighton vs. Reading
Birmingham vs. Bristol Rovers/Crawley Town
Grimsby vs. Huddersfield Town
Ipswich vs. Preston
Bournemouth vs. Fleetwood/Burton

Agent: “There’s no hatred” between Bale, Ronaldo

Gareth Bale & Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid CF
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Gareth Bale doesn’t at all dislike Cristiano Ronaldo — or vice versa — despite what may seem a lukewarm on-field relationship between the two Real Madrid superstars, insists Jonathan Barnett, agent of Bale.

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Instead, Barnett insists that the two men with very different personalities have a healthy relationship, and competition, that pushes each Galactico to be the best player he can be.

Barnett, on Bale’s relationship with Ronaldo — quotes from the Guardian:

“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit. But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”

That’s a hilarious closing quote from Barnett, but he knows exactly how some folks are going to interpret it: “Bale thinks Ronaldo loves himself too much.”

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There’s nothing better for the ultimate success of a team than healthy, friendly competition between teammates who are spectacularly talented as Ronaldo and Bale. The former will only be around to perform at his current level for so much longer, but at what point does the latter officially take the torch and supplant Madrid’s biggest star, and how accepting will he be of passing that proverbial torch?

Olivier Giroud: “I must harden myself” to unseat Walcott

Olivier Giroud, France
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Is it just me, or does the press really only ever get noteworthy quotes from players during international breaks?

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I suppose it’s not surprising, given Premier League players get away from the mean ole British press, go back to their respective homelands and speak with journalists they’ve likely known since their early playing days, thus feel more comfortable opening up about key issues.

Anyway, today we have Olivier Giroud essentially calling himself out for having lost the starting striker’s job at Arsenal because he’s been outplayed of late by Theo Walcott. As discussed before, this is bad news for Giroud because he’s now falling down the depth chart for France with next summer’s European Championship on the horizon.

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Giroud, on losing his place at Arsenal — quotes from the Guardian:

“At Arsenal, I am in competition with Theo for the striker position. But he is doing well at the moment, so there is no reason to change.

“Whether it was at Tours, Montpellier or Arsenal, I have never experienced a situation like this, I have often played from the start. I need to take positives and to harden myself mentally. It is something new for me.

“I was in [Walcott’s] place in previous seasons at Arsenal. I imagine what he must have been thinking. But I feel that the coach believes in me.”

Giroud goes on to cast into doubt his own confidence, stating in very certain terms he needs “to believe more in [his] abilities.” Giroud’s always come across as a bit of an existentialist, but it’s always strange to hear players publicly call themselves out — particularly their confidence — as if that’s not going to increase the pressure currently weighing down on them.

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The next eight months are going to be monumentally important in Giroud’s career, as the 29-year-old attempts to prove he’s worth keeping around at Arsenal and deserving of a place in the national team squad for next summer’s EUROs, which are to be played in France.