The Tigers were beaten 3-2 at Wembley in May in their first FA Cup final as the Gunners ended their nine-year wait for a trophy.
Yesterday’s third-round draw was held at The Deep Aquarium in Hull, with manager Steve Bruce watching on as his side were second to be drawn out, sending them to The Emirates Stadium.
Not only was it a repeat of last May’s final, but the teams had been drawn against each other in a rehearsal before the live television draw.
Hull captain Curtis Davies said: “I guess it was just meant to be. Hearing about the rehearsal and it being here, in Hull, we were looking forward to (the draw).
“We just have to look forward to going there, giving them a good game and hopefully getting through to the next round.”
The draw featured a number of intriguing ties. League Two AFC Wimbledon – in the third round for the first time in their 12-year history – will host Liverpool in a match which will have many reminiscing about the 1988 final, won by the original Wimbledon.
Stoke play Wrexham in another match which pits the game’s elite against a side whose memorable giant-killing act was a defeat of Arsenal in 1992, while West Brom host Gateshead.
Blyth Spartans did not get the glamour tie against Manchester United they were hoping for, but did get a home tie with Birmingham.
Louis van Gaal’s United must instead go to either Accrington or Yeovil, who first play in a second-round replay.
There will be four all-Premier League ties: Burnley v Tottenham, Leicester v Newcastle and Everton v West Ham, plus Arsenal v Hull.
Chelsea, the Premier League leaders and FA Cup winners in four of the last eight seasons, will host Watford of the Championship.
Manchester City, the 2011 winners, play at home to Sheffield Wednesday.
FA Cup Third Round Draw:
Arsenal v Hull City
Southampton v Ipswich
Stoke v Wrexham
Charlton v Blackburn
Dover v Crystal Palace
AFC Wimbledon v Liverpool
Man City v Sheffield Wednesday
Aldershot/Rochdale v Nottingham Forest
West Brom v Gateshead
Blyth Spartans v Birmingham
Aston Villa v Blackpool
Rotherham v Bournemouth
Huddersfield v Reading
Oxford/Tranmere v Swansea
Cardiff v Colchester
Bolton v Wigan
Sunderland v Leeds
Burnley v Tottenham
Millwall v Bradford
Derby v Southport
Brentford v Brighton
Fulham v Wolves
Leicester v Newcastle
Scunthorpe/Worcester v Chesterfield
Everton v West Ham
Cambridge/Mansfield v Bury/Luton
Chelsea v Watford
Barnsley/Chester v Middlesbrough
QPR v Sheffield United
Accrington/Yeovil v Manchester United
Preston v Norwich
Doncaster v Bristol City
l Ties to be played across the weekend beginning January 3.