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 have a less-than-conventional kick-off time.
Scroll down for full TV fixture list and fourth round ties
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 on BT Sport.
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.
TELEVISED FA CUP FIXTURES
FRIDAY JANUARY 25
Arsenal vs Manchester United - 7.55pm (BBC One)
SATURDAY JANUARY 26
Accrington Stanley vs Derby County or Southampton - 12.30pm (BT Sport 2)
Millwall vs Everton - 5.30pm (BBC One)
AFC Wimbledon vs West Ham United - 7.45pm (BT Sport 2)
SUNDAY JANUARY 27
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur - 4pm (BT Sport 2)
Chelsea vs Sheffield Wednesday or Luton Town - 6pm (BBC One)
MONDAY JANUARY 28
Barnet vs Brentford - 7.45pm (BT Sport 2)
Non-televised fourth round fixtures
SATURDAY JANUARY 26
Swansea vs Gillingham
Shrewsbury or Stoke vs Wolves
Brighton vs West Brom
Bristol vs Bolton
Doncaster vs Oldham
Newcastle or Blackburn vs Watford
Middlesbrough vs Newport
Manchester City vs Burnley
Portsmouth vs Queens Park Rangers
Third round replays still to be played
TUESDAY JANUARY 15
Luton Town vs Sheffield Wednesday - 7.45pm
Blackburn vs Newcastle - 7.45pm (BT Sport 2)
Stoke vs Shrewsbury - 8pm
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 16
Southampton vs Derby - 7.45pm (BBC One)