Arsenal v Hull – FA Cup Fifth Round Review: Deja Vu?!

For the third time in three consecutive seasons we faced the Tigers. The previous times we had been successful – in particular the Cup Final win in 2014. 

In Wenger’s 100th FA Cup match and with the Barcelona game on Tuesday he made 9 changes to the side that beat Leicester. Only Koscielny and Mertesacker kept their place so it was a great chance for the fringe players to show what they could do. It was last weekend’s hero Danny Welbeck’s first start of the season as well. 

Hull, who are currently top of the championship, made 10 changes themselves showing that they weren’t taking the competition too seriously. One thing’s for sure though they definitely had a game plan which was very obviously to park the bus! 

We dominated the game from early on but they soaked up everything by defending well in numbers. We had some chances but couldn’t finish them and unfortunately the first half ended 0-0. 

We went up a gear in the second half by creating more chances but their goalkeeper was on fine form. His best save was to deny a Joel Campbell free kick  which he steered onto the post. He also made a good save from Welbeck and Wenger brought on some much needed substitutes as a result. 

Alexis Sanchez and Giroud were introduced to add some more pressure but even they couldn’t beat their keeper. Chamberlain was also brought on near the end but it wasn’t going to be our day as we lacked the finishing needed and some creativity due to the absence of Özil. 

So it frustratingly ended 0-0 which means another game in an already congested fixture list which includes tough league away games against Man United and Spurs. But hopefully we will win the replay and the players that were rested today will show it was the right decision against Barcelona. 

Bring on MSN! 

 

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