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Hull City 0-4 Arsenal

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Hull City 0-4 Arsenal highlights

Arsenal ended a run of five games without a win by beating Hull in an FA Cup fifth-round replay to secure a quarter-final against Watford.

The Gunners were gifted the lead when Hull's David Meyler set up Olivier Giroud to slot home.

Aaron Ramsey almost scored an own goal to let Hull back in but Giroud volleyed in to extend Arsenal's lead.

Theo Walcott wrapped up the victory for the holders when he side-footed in and then rifled in a late shot.

Relive Arsenal's win over Hull

Giroud and Walcott back in groove

Giroud celebrated the birth of his baby boy on Monday and manager Arsene Wenger hoped it would inspire him to break his 11-game scoring drought.

The France striker was restored to the starting line-up, along with fellow forward Walcott, but the pair initially struggled against Hull, who had not conceded in six previous home games.

The Tigers were employing a three centre-back formation and rarely looked like being breached until Meyler's mistake allowed Giroud to slot in his first goal since 13 January.

Walcott's form has also been a concern and, although he looked short of confidence, he set up Giroud's second before looking like his former self when his late double gave him his first goals in five games.

Despite a return to winning ways for manager Arsene Wenger's side, some Gunners fans held up a banner reading 'Arsene, thanks for the memories but it's time to say goodbye'.

Theo Walcott's touchmap in the first half (left) compared to the second half showed his movement and threat increased after the break in the final third
Theo Walcott's touchmap in the first half (left) compared to the second half showed his movement and threat increased after the break in the final third

Arsenal's injury troubles mount

The priority for both of these teams are their league campaigns as Arsenal remain in the hunt for the Premier League title, while Hull are challenging for promotion from the Championship.

The home side made seven changes and the Gunners six, with the visitors forced into more of a reshuffle when centre-back Per Mertesacker went off injured early on after a clash of heads with Nick Powell.

Arsenal were playing their sixth game in 18 days and, with centre-back Laurent Koscielny already sidelined, the exit of fellow defender Gabriel in the second half has provided the Gunners with problems at the heart of their defence.

Gabriel's replacement in midfielder Aaron Ramsey lasted only 16 minutes before an apparent shoulder injury ended his participation and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger now faces a selection dilemma against Watford on Sunday.

His side may be attempting to win a third successive FA Cup but, after their last-eight tie, they will attempt an unlikely Champions League comeback from 2-0 down at Barcelona before returning to league action.

Hull goalscoring struggles continue

Hull's main threat came from set-pieces, with one particular free-kick causing panic in the Arsenal area before David Meyler forced keeper David Ospina into a smart save.

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Bruce on Hull City v Arsenal

Powell's effort from the rebound was parried and Ahmed Elmohamady slotted in, but the assistant referee had already flagged for an offside decision Hull may feel aggrieved by.

However, Hull failed to capitalise on Arsenal's problems at the back and when a rare chance came their way striker Mohamed Diame sent a header wide from eight yards.

Indeed, the closest the home side came was when Ramsey sent a header wide of his own goal and Steve Bruce's men have now scored only once in six games.

Man of the match - Olivier Giroud

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scores against Hull
Giroud's opener was the first that Hull City conceded at home since 16 December, 2015

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaking to BT Sport: "It was a shock as we lost our two centre-backs in the game and then we lost Aaron Ramsey.

"Mertesacker is not serious, just a little concussion, and I think Gabriel looks all right but for Ramsey I am little bit more concerned.

"It's a thigh injury, but apart from that we have played well."

Hull boss Steve Bruce: "I don't think it's a fair reflection. We've given away two awful goals.

"The one on the first half is one of those horrible ones and when you play against Arsenal - one of the top teams - or anybody for that matter then you cannot give goals away like that."

The stats you need to know

  • Arsenal scored with their first shot on target in this match - the third successive game that they have done this.
  • Arsenal have never lost an away FA Cup match against lower league opposition under Arsene Wenger (W12 D4)
  • The Gunners have won each of their last six visits to Hull in all competitions, scoring at least twice on each occasion.
  • Hull conceded three or more goals in a competitive home game for the first time since Arsenal won 3-1 there in the Premier League in May 2015.

What next?

Arsenal host Watford on Sunday before trips to Barcelona in the Champions League on 16 March and Everton in the Premier League on 19 March. Hull get back to Championship action when they host MK Dons on Saturday.

Line-ups

Hull

  • 16Jakupovic
  • 12MaguireBooked at 51mins
  • 4Bruce
  • 6Davies
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 17DiaméBooked at 47mins
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 7MeylerSubstituted forAlukoat 58'minutes
  • 2OdubajoSubstituted forRobertsonat 81'minutes
  • 22Powell
  • 25DiomandeSubstituted forTaylorat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 9Hernández
  • 14Livermore
  • 24Aluko
  • 26Robertson
  • 30Kuciak
  • 33Tymon

Arsenal

  • 13Ospina
  • 21Chambers
  • 4MertesackerSubstituted forMonrealat 33'minutes
  • 5GabrielSubstituted forRamseyat 57'minutesSubstituted forReine Adelaideat 73'minutes
  • 3Gibbs
  • 35El NenyBooked at 32mins
  • 20Flamini
  • 28Campbell
  • 45Iwobi
  • 14Walcott
  • 12GiroudBooked at 34mins

Substitutes

  • 11Özil
  • 16Ramsey
  • 17Sánchez
  • 18Monreal
  • 49Macey
  • 54Reine Adelaide
  • 59Willock
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
20,993

Match Stats

Home TeamHullAway TeamArsenal
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hull City 0, Arsenal 4.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hull City 0, Arsenal 4.

Offside, Arsenal. Jeff Reine Adelaide tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Curtis Davies.

Foul by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

Harry Maguire (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Arsenal 4. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Iwobi following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Ryan Taylor replaces Adama Diomande.

Foul by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Olivier Giroud.

Attempt missed. Joel Campbell (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Hull City).

Attempt saved. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Andrew Robertson replaces Moses Odubajo because of an injury.

Offside, Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini tries a through ball, but Olivier Giroud is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Arsenal 3. Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joel Campbell with a through ball.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Joel Campbell.

Foul by Joel Campbell (Arsenal).

Moses Odubajo (Hull City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Jeff Reine Adelaide replaces Aaron Ramsey because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Hull City 0, Arsenal 2. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Theo Walcott with a cross.

Mathieu Flamini (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nick Powell (Hull City).

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Aaron Ramsey.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sone Aluko.

Attempt missed. Nick Powell (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adama Diomande.

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs tries a through ball, but Theo Walcott is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Sone Aluko replaces David Meyler.

Attempt blocked. Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Arsenal. Aaron Ramsey replaces Gabriel Paulista because of an injury.

Olivier Giroud (Arsenal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Mohamed Diamé (Hull City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Gabriel Paulista (Arsenal) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Moses Odubajo with a cross.

Offside, Arsenal. Kieran Gibbs tries a through ball, but Calum Chambers is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Arsenal. Conceded by Eldin Jakupovic.

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