FA Cup Winners Arsenal will take on Hull City in the 5th round of the competition as the Gunners look set to retain the title again this season.
The Gunners currently have two loanees Isaac Hayden and Chuka Akpom at Hull city and they will be unable to face their parent club.
The both clubs were paired to face each other on February 20 but the Gunner’s duo won’t be eligible to play for Hull because the FA rules does not allow a loan player to feature against its parent club even when both club’s have an agreement.
Arsenal’s Isaac Hayden had hoped he will be able to feature against his parent club and even claimed he will be supporting the championship side over his parent club. The player was quoted as saying via Ibtimes.co.uk.
“I saw Arsenal’s number come out and knowing they were at home, I just had a funny feeling about what was coming,” Hayden told Hull’s official site.
“Then ball number 15 came out and it was just like… (sigh) … Obviously the two sides have been drawn together a few times now so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise. That’s just the luck of the draw and we just have to go out there and give it our best shot.”
“It will be a tough game, but anything can happen as it is the FA Cup. It will be a good occasion, seeing all of the coaching staff and players down there so it’s something to look forward to,” the Arsenal midfielder on loan at Hull added.
“But for me and Chuba, we’re Hull players until the end of this season so we’ll be backing the team, and if we don’t play we’ll be there supporting the boys.”
The duo are a very important part of Steve Bruce side and their absence will be a big blow to the championship side.
Akpom scored a hatrick against Bury in the last round of this competition.