Date confirmed for Arsenal and Hull’s FA Cup replay

Date published: Thursday 25th February 2016 4:39

Theo Walcott Arsenal Hull

The Football Association has finally confirmed a date for Arsenal’s FA Cup fifth-round replay with Hull City, to be played at the KC Stadium.

The two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the initial game at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday, and talks have been held since with regards to when the replay will be played.

Both sides have busy schedules currently, with Arsenal fighting for the Premier League and Champions League trophies, while the Tigers are bidding to win promotion from the Championship.

The FA have announced that they replay will be held on Tuesday, March 8, with a 7pm kick-off.

Arsenal face Tottenham just three days prior, and then host West Brom four days after.

Hull were due to play Brentford on that date, but have now postponed the Championship tie. They will announce when the game is rescheduled after the match with Arsenal is played.

Monday, March 7 was believed to be a date under consideration for the fifth-round replay, but the FA ruled that out on the grounds that both clubs require ‘adequate preparation time’ during their busy fixture lists.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn said: “We want all of our clubs to be part of strong, vibrant domestic competitions, to perform well on the European stage and for the England team to be challenging for international honours.

“To have a better chance of achieving these aims more effectively, it is imperative we resolve the on-going problem of match scheduling together.

“We would like to thank UEFA for taking the time it has to understand our position on this matter.

“Fixture scheduling is an issue for the whole game so let’s build upon the productive conversations we have held with the Premier League and Football League and call upon UEFA to join the discussion to create clear, workable guidelines for the benefit of all.

“This will help our teams in the pursuit for trophies; enable fans to fully enjoy and access all the matches their teams participate in and allow broadcast partners to maximise the TV rights they have purchased.”

The winners of the replay face Watford in the quarter-final.

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