Arsenal is looking to go back-to-back-to-back with a third consecutive FA Cup championship. But their Premier League rivals, Sunderland, is looking for the upset. These two will clash on Jan. 9 and HollywoodLife.com wants you to catch every amazing minute. Click to watch!
Say it with us: Goaaaaaaal! The FA Cup is in full swing, and Arsenal, the current leaders in the Premier League, are looking to pull off a feat that hasn’t been done in over 100 years. But they need to get past Sunderland in the FA Cup’s third round before they can even think of writing their names in the history books.
The Gunners will take aim at the Black Cats when the Arsenal hosts Sunderland for the third round of the FA Cup on Jan. 9. It should be an exciting match. Will Arsenal prove why they’re the reigning champs or will the Black Cats bring a bit of bad luck? The action kicks off at 10 a.m. EST, so be ready to see every second!
Arsenal took home the FA cup in both 2014 and 2015. The last time a team won the FA Cup three times in a row, Arsenal didn’t even, as it happened when the Blackburn Rovers made the “threepeat” in 1886. Will Arsenal make history by doing what no team has done in over a century? They need to beat Sunderland first, and they’ll play the Black Cats without Alexis Sanchez. He’s sitting out the game with an injury, according to the Daily Mail.
Sunderland is going into this game without some of their key players, as well. Younes Kaboul and Jack Rodwell are both out due to their hamstrings. Plus, Adam Matthews has an issue with his foot and Sebastian Larsson will sit out as he nurses his knee injury. But, the last time these two teams met in the FA Cup, Sunderland eliminated Arsenal, according to the BBC.
For those who don’t know, The Football Association Challenge Cup (aka the FA Cup) is the oldest association football competition in the world. It’s open to all teams in the Premier League, the Football League and part of the FA National League System. After six qualifying rounds, where regional and non-league teams play off, there are six “proper” rounds, then the semifinals and the final.
It’s a knockout tournament, which means if you lose, you’re gone! The teams are dropping fast, as it’s down the field of 32. After the third round, it’ll be the sweet 16. Will Manchester City get the better of Norwich? Could Manchester United’s luck continue to falter with a loss to Sheffield United?
Who do you want to win, HollywoodLifers? Do you think Arsenal has it in the bag?