With a place in the quarter finals against Watford at home up for grabs both teams knew that a win would give them a great chance in the competition.
Wenger made six changes from the north London derby game in a second string side. Chambers came in at right back, Flamini came in for the suspended Coquelin, Iwobi replaced Özil and Campbell, Walcott and Giroud all started. Özil, Sanchez and Ramsey were on the bench though if we needed them.
Hull also made a lot of changes and they are in a similar situation to us in that they are doing well in the league and perhaps not focusing on the FA Cup as a priority.
We started the strongest as you would expect from a Premier League team and dominated possession. We created a few chances but it was Hull who had the best chance forcing a good save from Ospina.
Then came the first incident of the night when Mertesacker had to be taken off with a head injury. This was a setback for us as Koscielny is already out and left back Monreal had to replace him at centre back.
However we did respond to this in a good way from a horrendous mistake by Hull captain, Meyler. He passed it back towards the goal without looking and set up Giroud who made no mistake to put us ahead.
We nearly made it 2-0 after Gibbs had a great effort which hit the bar but it stayed 1-0 until half time.
The second half was a different story as we showed our true quality. This wasn’t helped though when we suffered our second injury of the night (typical Arsenal) and to make matters worse it was another centre back in Gabriel. He went down and had to be replaced by Ramsey meaning that Chambers went to centre back and Flamini to right back in what was a makeshift back line.
Hull tried to make the most of our weakened defence but were without success and we then went up a gear. Walcott firstly set up Giroud to get his second goal of the night which was good for his confidence and then Walcott got a much needed goal for himself to make it 3-0.
However it wasn’t all good news as substitute Ramsey also picked up a injury and came off. So three injuries to important players showing the reason why we didn’t want to play this game. This didn’t effect us though as Walcott then got his second with the help of a deflection to make it 4-0.
This meant two goals for both Walcott and Giroud who have received much criticism recently so this was really good for their confidence and hopefully they can use this form in the league.
So a good win but it came at a cost as we lost three players to injury but this was our punishment for not winning the first game against them.
Hopefully the injuries aren’t too serious though and we now have the quarter final against Watford up next on Sunday. This is then followed by the second leg game against Barcelona in the Champions League and we will definitely need all our players back for that!