FA Cup TV fixtures released: Arsenal to host Manchester United on a Friday night as Chelsea prepare for late Sunday clash at Stamford Bridge

Arsenal have been handed the unlikely slot of a Friday night FA Cup clash for their fourth round showdown with rivals Manchester United.

The televised fixtures for the next instalment of football’s oldest cup competition have now been released, with United fans realising they face a Friday trip down to north London.

Arsenal vs United is pencilled in for a 7.55pm kick-off on Friday, January 25 and is to be broadcast by the BBC. Chelsea, likewise, also face a less than conventional kick-off time.

Maurizio Sarri’s side are waiting to learn whether Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town will be their opponents, ahead of a 6pm kick-off on Sunday January 27.

The coverage for the competition has been distributed between the BBC and BT Sport, with the broadcasting giants sharing their pick of the big games.

The all-London clash between Crystal Palace and Tottenham is also set to play out live on television on the same day as Chelsea – running just before the Blues’ clash with a 4pm kick-off.

Chelsea triumphed in last season’s final to have their name engraved upon the trophy once again, in what was to be the last game in charge for Antonio Conte.

They will learn of their opponents on Tuesday, when Luton host Sheffield Wednesday in the replay fixture at Kenilworth Road, following their first match 0-0 stalemate.

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