Gunners smash Hull City 4-0 at KC Stadium
Arsenal have booked their spot in the FA Cup Fifth Round after an emphatic 4-0 victory against Championship side Hull City at the KC Stadium.
The two sides, who have met in the last three FA Cup competitions, drew 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium in the initial tie, but it wasn’t as close this time around as the Premier League side strolled to victory, booking a tie with Watford in the Fifth Round.
There was only a replay due to the heroics from Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupović in the initial tie, but there was no repeat this evening as he fished the ball out of his net four times.
It was a fairly quiet first-half, with Joel Campbell coming close at 0-0 and David Ospina making a superb reaction save to keep Arsenal in it.
Just four minutes before the interval, Arsenal did take the lead as Olivier Giroud pounced on a shocking pass from David Meyler and slotted under Jakupovic.
The Frenchman celebrated the birth of his second child late last night, and he celebrated that with a goal to give the Gunners the lead.
The second-half was fairly quiet in terms of chances, but the Premier League side turned on the style in the final 20-minutes as they struck three times.
Giroud doubled his and Arsenal’s tally after volleying home from a Theo Walcott cross, and provider turned goalscorer just six minutes later as the Englishman curled home after a stunning pass from Campbell.
The game was wrapped up two minutes from time as Walcott fired home his second and Arsenal’s fourth.
A comfortable evening for the Gunners, but they will have some concerns as Per Mertesacker, Gabriel Paulista and Aaron Ramsey all went off injured.
Arsenal goalscorer Olivier Giroud: “My wife gave birth yesterday but I wanted to play this game. I’m very happy for the team. We are really pleased and I am pleased to score. The team had a good cohesion.”
Arsenal’s two-goal Theo Walcott, speaking to BT Sport:“Thankfully it all went well for us. The only disappointing thing is the injuries. It was all about getting through and that is what we have done. We want to keep hold of the FA Cup.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt