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Arsenal strikers Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott finally ended their goal drought with a brace a piece during the Gunners' 4-0 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium on Tuesday (8 March) in a fifth round replay of the FA Cup. Arsene Wenger was delighted for the duo and is hoping that they can continue their form for the rest of the season. The manager has revealed that the former almost missed the game due to the birth of his second child on the eve of the game.
The 12-time FA Cup champions have been struggling to score goals of late having scored just five goals in their last seven matches at the Emirates Stadium winning just two of them. The French international forward was scoring for the first time since mid-January, while his English counterpart was scoring for the first time since December 2015.
Arsenal are entering a critical period of their season as they compete on three fronts. They still hold a glimmer of hope in the Premier League title race despite being eight points behind leaders Leicester City, and host Watford in the quarter finals of the FA Cup. The Champions League, on the other hand, is an uphill task after they lost 2-0 at home to Barcelona, who are arguably the best team in Europe at the moment.
The French manager, who has called on his strikers to amass as many goals as possible following their brace, admitted that he was close to omitting Giroud from the squad as the former Montpellier striker became a father for a second time on the eve of the game. The team also celebrated with the striker as he dedicated the goal to his newborn son.
"Giroud had gone a while without a goal and that will help him tonight. He became [the father] of a young boy last night and that will certainly give him euphoria. Walcott scored which is good as well," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.
"I was tempted [to] do that [omit Giroud]. I think in the end you make a decision and you hope it is the right one. I made the decision to play him and he wants to always play and all the other players want to play and that is quite normal. People are sometimes surprised that players want to play. Believe me, you don't play at that level if you don't want to play."
"How much? As much as they can," the French coach added following Arsenal's 4-0 win over Hull City to progress to the quarter finals of the FA Cup.