SAINTS are set to host holders Arsenal at St Mary’s, should they get through to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Mikel Arteta’s side, who beat Chelsea in last year’s final at Wembley, overcame Newcastle 2-0 in their third round tie on Saturday.

At the time of writing, no official decision had been made regarding Saints’ third-round clash with Shrewsbury Town – the only tie called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the visitors’ camp.

The Telegraph earlier reported Saints’ scheduled Premier League clash with Leeds next week could make way for the third-round contest.

Saints last week confirmed a meeting of the FA’s Professional Game Board would take place to make a decision, as to what would happen with the Shrewsbury fixture.

Should Saints progress to the fourth round, the contest would be a repeat of the 2003 final of the competition, which Arsenal won 1-0 in Cardiff.

The winner of the fourth round tie will make the trip to the winners of non-league Chorley or Wolves in round five.

Fourth round ties are set to be played on the weekend of Saturday, January 23 – while fifth round games are scheduled for Wednesday, February 10.