After much toing and froing Arsenal have finally been told when they can replay their FA Cup fifth round clash with Hull City.
Having been held to a 0-0 draw at the Emirates the Gunners will now travel to the KC Stadium on Tuesday March 8th, with an unusual 7pm kick-off time.
In a statement on the FA website, they said, “It is important to note that numerous factors were fully considered before agreeing the date and time for the Hull City v Arsenal replay.
“In-depth and exhaustive discussions have taken place over the last 72 hours with all associated parties to determine the scheduling of this fixture and The FA recognises that this is not an ideal solution for everyone.
“However, it does strengthen the case for footballing bodies to work closely together in a positive, collaborative way to resolve the overcrowded and untenable fixture schedule.
“Firstly, both clubs are challenging for honours and require the best available preparation time. As such, Monday 7 March was ruled out as an option.
“It is recognised that this match will be partially played when UEFA have a scheduled programme of European fixtures and if there were any suitable alternatives, The FA would have warmly accepted these.
“There was an option for a 5.45pm kick off, however, the spirit of The FA Cup is strongly defined by the supporters and an earlier time would have significantly impacted on fans’ attendance. This was not a viable solution.”
The comes after a North London Derby at White Hart Lane, and with the 6th round due to take place the following weekend, Arsenal could face Watford in their next game if they overcome Steve Bruce’s side.
Update – Arsenal to offer subsidised coach travel for the game
A statement reads: “The club is offering subsidised coach travel to supporters for our FA Cup fifth-round replay against Hull City.
“Coaches will be available to take fans to and from the KC Stadium for the special price of £10 return, with collection points at a north London location which will be announced shortly.”