In the draw early this afternoon, Newcastle amazingly were drawn at home to Arsenal in the 4th round of the Carling Cup – well would you believe it.
After getting perhaps the hardest draw imaginable in round 3 – Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Newcastle have again been paired with one of England’s top four teams, and it’s likely to be a sell-out at St. James’ Park against the good looking Arsenal side.
Number 9, Newcastle’s number in the draw was the first ball out of the hat, and they got the London giants, but on the bright side, it is the first time Newcastle have been drawn at home – although we would have preferred to have been drawn against Northampton Town or any of the other 5 non-PL league teams still left in the competition.
It will be the first return to Newcastle for manager Arsene Wenger after he had waxed lyrical about both the Newcastle United club and the City of Newcastle, just before the Wold Cup committee arrived at St. James’ Park a few weeks ago to review the facilities.
Holders Manchester United were drawn at home to Wolves in another all Premier League tie, and Brentford’s win over Everton was rewarded with a visit to Birmingham, while Northampton Town, victors over Liverpool are at Ipswich Town.
And Wigan’s Spanish manager Roberto Martinez, will host former club Swansea to the DW Stadium, and in another all PL tie West Ham host Stoke City.
The games are to be played during the week beginning October 25th and in truth it promises to be another treat for the Newcastle fans, as Chris Hughton matches himself up against the great Arsene Wenger and Newcastle are in the last eight if they can win the game.
Carling Cup fourth-round draw is as follows:
Newcastle v Arsenal
Birmingham City v Brentford
Wigan Athletic v Swansea City
Aston Villa v Burnley
Leicester City v West Brom
Manchester United v Wolves
West Ham v Stoke City
Ipswich Town v Northampton Town