Arsenal FC to Face Middlesbrough in FA Cup Fifth Round Draw

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Holders Arsenal have been drawn against Championship side Middlesbrough in the FA Cup fifth round .
Aitor Karanka’s side knocked out Manchester City in the fourth round and will visit Emirates Stadium on the weekend of 14 and 15 February.


arsenal fa cup fifth roundLeague One side Bradford are rewarded for eliminating Chelsea with a home tie against either Sunderland or Fulham. The winners of the replay between Cambridge United and Manchester United will visit Preston or Sheffield United.
Full draw: Crystal Palace v Liverpool or Bolton Wanderers, Arsenal v Middlesbrough, Aston Villa v Leicester City, West Brom v West Ham, Bradford City v Sunderland or Fulham, Blackburn Rovers v Rochdale or Stoke, Derby County v Reading, Preston or Sheffield United v Cambridge United or Manchester United.

In other football news concerning English Premier League, Robin van Persie has admitted that he doesn’t know if he will be offered a new contract when his deal expires with Manchester United.

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Van Persie scored 30 goals and won the English Premier League title in his first season with United following his move from Arsenal but, last season, he struggled for fitness and form.

And this term, he has found the net just eight times during another disappointing campaign.

The 31-year-old’s United contract expires in 2016 and, asked on Monday if he would like to extend his stay at Old Trafford, the Netherlands’ striker said: “It is not up to me. For the moment, I am staying here for 18 months.

“That is it really. I can’t look into the future. I don’t know what is going to happen after that. We shall have to wait and see.”

Van Persie was candid about his own poor form and conceded his teammates are struggling as well.

United’s 0-0 FA Cup draw with fourth-tier Cambridge last week was littered with mistakes while, in the EPL, Louis van Gaal’s side have just three points more than they had under his much-maligned predecessor David Moyes at this stage last term.

“Obviously, we are not scoring enough goals, including me,” van Persie said.

“Everyone feels responsible. I do, definitely. This year, I have played something like 20 games and I have scored eight goals. I am not happy with that. I want to score more.”

Although Van Persie’s confidence might have taken a hit because of his poor start, his faith in his manager has not wavered.

Van Gaal made Van Persie his captain with the national side and the move paid off as the unfancied Dutch team made it through to the World Cup semi-finals last year when they were defeated on penalties by Argentina.

“I have known him for over two years now; I know how he works,” van Persie added.

“We believe in him. We will still believe in him.

“We are confident it will change.”



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