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Fulltime: Arsenal 0-0 Hull City

  • Campbell hit the post with freekick
  • Welbeck started for the Gunners
  • Nick Powell makes debut for Hull City
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So, Arsenal dominated the game but failed to deliver the knockout blow. They hit the post through Joel Campbell and created the occasional half-chance, yet they lacked a bit of creativity today.

Both teams made a huge number of changes beforehand and neither will have craved a replay. But Arsenal retain their unbeaten record in the cup since 2013 and Hull will welcome the money that comes with another match against the Gunners.

Thanks for joining us this afternoon.

Full-time: Arsenal 0-0 Hull City

Alexis gets the ball up and over the wall, but the keeper punches it away.

Hull survive, and there are only seconds left in the game.

We're into injury time now.

And Arsenal have a freekick on the edge of the box. Hold tight, Hull fans.

At the other end of the pitch, meanwhile, The Ox flashes a volley just wide.

The England international hit the ball into the ground and it skipped the wrong side of the post from an Arsenal perspective.

Time is running out for the Gunners, now.

Less than five minutes left now. Arsenal appear to be running out of ideas and energy, too.

But they scored a dramatic late goal against Leicester City last week - can they do it again?

Both managers are down on the touchline now, barking instructions at their players.

It's become a question of whether Hull can hold out before the sand runs out of their hourglass.

There must be some heavy legs in the away side - they've done an awful lot of running. But they also stand on the cusp of an upset.

Eldin Jakupović
Eldin Jakupović has been in top form at the Emirates Getty Images
Joel Campbell hits the post
Joel Campbell hits the post Getty Images

It's all Arsenal, but there's still no goal.

Arsene Wenger wears a concerned look on his face down on the touchline and there's an air of desperation starting to creep into Arsenal's play.

They have their big guns (excuse the pun) on the field now, though.

A third and final change for the Gunners.

Alex Owobi gets a round of applause from the fans as he is replaced by The Ox. There are just over 15 minutes left in the game.

Although he didn't score this afternoon, Danny Welbeck offered a typically bright and breezy performance.

However, Olivier Giroud ought to offer a focal point for Arsenal's attacks, something they have maybe lacked so far.

The Frenchman should also be a threat from setpieces.

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The Arsenal boss has made a double change. Danny Welbeck has made way for Alexis Sanchez.


As we said before the game, Arsenal haven't lost in this competition since 2013. But with time ebbing away, one mistake may be enough to eliminate them from the tournament.

Arsene Wenger will be busily weighing up his options, especially as he needs to balance the club's ambitions this season.

The changes haven't made a massive difference, to be honest. It's still one-way traffic at the Emirates, but the Gunners don't have a goal to show for their efforts.

Giroud might add more of a physical presence to their forwardline. We've played an hour now.

And he's not done there, either.

Steve Bruce thinks it's time for a change...

Ah, another close call!

Joel Campbell strikes the upright with a brilliant freekick. The ball rebounds to the edge of the area but the subsequent shot is smacked over the bar.

Hull are hanging on by their fingertips.

Oh, Arsenal nearly unlock the door.

Elneny tees up Iwobi on the edge of the box, but his shot is just deflected wide. That appeared destined for the far corner.

Hull's goal is intact but only just.

A reminder of the options available to Arsene Wenger.

Subs: Macey, Bellerin, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Giroud

Despite his remarks before the game, you can't imagine Arsene Wenger being keen on a replay.

And they have Alexis Sanchez and Giroud warming up on the touchline. Perhaps it's time for a change already.

We're back into the action at the Emirates.

45 minutes for Arsenal (or less probably, Hull) to find a goal.

Half-time: Arsenal 0-0 Hull City

Plenty of huff and puff so far, but we're still to see our first goal of the afternoon.

Arsenal have dominated, yet Hull have held firm. Is an upset on the cards? We wait to see...

From what we've seen so far, Hull's best hope will come from a setpiece, when they have the chance to push men forward.

They've posed a minor threat from the one or two freekicks they've been awarded in the Arsenal half.

Anyway, they've almost survived till half-time, which is seconds away.

Arsenal have a penalty appeal of their own turned down.

Danny Welbeck falls over in the box, but there was no foul. And he barely appealed, either.

Less than ten minutes to go until half-time. Still no goals at the Emirates, where Arsenal have dominated the match, unsurprisingly.

The Gunners are trying to crack open Hull's dogged backline. Steve Bruce will be pretty happy with this so far.

Steve Bruce
Steve Bruce on the touchline at the Emirates Getty Images

A moment of controversy at the Emirates.

Harry Maguire twists and turns in the box, and then goes down in search of a penalty. All eyes turn to the ref, who books the Hull man.

Steve Bruce appealed for a penalty - but that would have been very soft.


A neat move down the right side sees the ball land to Walcott, who chests it down and fires towards goal.

The keeper has to make a smart save down by his laces - and Hull survive. Just.

Arsenal are continuing to probe, looking for an opening.

But their pacey forward line will have a hard time getting in behind the Hull defence, given how deep the away side are playing.

It may take a bit of imagination or even a mistake to create a goal.

Theo Walcott
Theo Walcott in action against Hull City Getty Images

Hull finally manage to string together a few passes in the Arsenal half.

They did not threaten the Gunners' goal, but at least they eased some of the pressure on themselves.

Still 0-0 at the Emirates.

... and moments later, Alex Iwobi almost curls the ball into the far corner. But his long range effort just evades the post.

Arsenal are flying at the moment, but don't have a goal to show for it.

It's attack (Arsenal) versus defence (Hull) at the moment.

Feels like a matter of time before the Gunners open the scoring, as they launch attack after attack.

On this occasion, Welbeck finds a modicum of space down the right side and unleashes a fearsome effort that is smartly saved by the keeper.

Hull are on the back foot already and have barely left their own half for the last five minutes. Arsenal have so much pace in their forward line, they must be scared to push too far forwards.

Their latest attack sees Theo Walcott go flying up the right side and standing the ball up at the back post. Danny Welbeck sprints towards the ball ... but heads straight at the keeper.

Nick Powell
Nick Powell (left) and Flamini in action at the Emirates Getty Images

First opening of the game comes from Arsenal, who work a neat move down the left side.

Flamini looks to be through on goal but his effort is deflected behind.

From the resulting corner, Elneny appears to have scored his first goal for the Gunners - but his goal-bound effort is blocked on the line.

Arsenal look like they mean business.

Jack Wilshere is still absent for the Gunners this afternoon, but he has been speaking about his recent woes ahead of the match.

The young midfielder has revealed he is desperate to get back on the field, help Arsenal to make a title push and secure his England place for the Euros.

"When you're in the gym, it's hard work. Seeing the other boys going training and enjoying it - it's tough," he told BT Sport a little earlier.

"Knowing that I set myself a target of going to the Euros and getting back to help the lads win the Premier League - that's what keeps you going."

Jack Wilshere

Surprisingly, perhaps, there are still a few empty seats around the ground.

Some of the crowd are still entering the stadium, but this one doesn't look like a sell-out.

On the pitch, meanwhile, and it's a fairly quiet start to the match. Which given the number of changes both managers have made, might not come as a shock.

And we're under-way in north London.

There was a warm embrace between Bruce and Wenger before kick-off, but this ought to be a competitive affair given the history between the two sides.

Right, the players are finally out on the pitch now and we're moments away from kick-off.

Arsenal will be seeking to beat Hull in the FA Cup for the third year in a row. The Gunners are also desperate to retain the historic trophy.

An interesting fact that underlines Arsene Wenger's longevity... Wenger won his first FA Cup before Hull's Josh Tymon was even born.

When was he born, you ask? May 1999.

The crowd is slowly building at the Emirates. The players are out on the pitch at the moment going through their last-minute preparations.

We're just over ten minutes away from kick-off, so sit tight.

We heard earlier what Arsene Wenger thinks about cup replays. Well, Steve Bruce has also offered his thoughts.

"Neither team wants a replay, especially the big clubs battling in Europe and we all want to big clubs to succeed in Europe," he told the BBC.

"I would be in favour of scrapping replays. No one loves the cup more than I do but if we draw today, I don't know where we would fit it in.

"We made changes because we need the team fresh for Tuesday. I think it would help alleviate a lot of problems if there were no replays."

Danny Welbeck will be hoping to impress Roy Hodgson this afternoon, also.

The 25-year-old striker must know there are still places available in England's Euro 2016 squad.

He will be vying with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane and Daniel Strurridge for a spot in the squad.

Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal's FA Cup final win against Hull marked a turning point in his career.

The Gunners boss confessed he doesn't know if he would have remained in charge of the club had they lost the game.

"If we had lost it, I don't know. Honestly, I don't know," he shared.

"Usually I respect my contracts and I fight for everything. I think as well to say to you that 17 years at a club depend on one cup final ... so it's better you don't go to the final then. You don't have that problem.

"But it would have been a problem had we not won, because it would have been a massive disappointment for everybody. It would have been difficult. But we won."

Steve Bruce wants to sign Nick Powell from Manchester United on a permanent basis once his current loan deal ends at the end of the season.

"Nick's only 21, he's a wonderful talent. I remember watching him play for Wigan in the Championship when he was 18 or 19 and he did very well," Bruce said earlier this week.

"He's got fantastic talent and I'm not just looking at it for the next three months, I'd love to make it permanent if I could," he added.

Arsenal are in pretty good form in the FA Cup, it's fair to say. In fact, the last time they lost was February 2013.

Since then, their record reads: WWWWWWWWWWWWWW.

Can Steve Bruce's side upset the odds this afternoon?

Arsenal are looking to become the third team to win the FA Cup on three consecutive occasions after Wanderers FC and Blackburn did it in the late 1800's Getty

Here's another reminder of the team news, too, in case you missed it earlier. Both sides have made a number of changes, as you can see.

Arsenal XI: Ospina, Chambers, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Campbell, Iwobi, Welbeck, Walcott

Hull XI: Jakupovic, Davies, Bruce, Maguire, Tymon, Taylor, Meyler, Maloney, Elmohamady, Powell, Diomande

Meanwhile, the Arsenal boss has also been speaking this week about plans to scrap FA Cup replays.

He said: "I am now vaccinated against the FA rules after such a long time, I have become very conservatively English.

"I am quite a bit nervous about changing the rules because I like them now, I believe as well it looks like we always get more money and want to play less games. that is a little bit of a contradiction.

"Next season we have even more money coming in, so every single club will have 25 top level players. I am convinced all of the clubs can compete with the number of games we have to play, so there is no real need for me to change the rules.

"This is the most traditional competition in England, so let's respect it and keep it as it is."

Arsene Wenger
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Wenger has lavished praise on Welbeck since he returned from a long-term knee problem.

"It's always a good observation of character and the resilience of a person when they are injured for such a long time," Wenger said, as quoted on Arsenal's official site.

"You look at how he resists the stress of not being able to play, how much he can respond with the effort he puts into his rehab, and how focused he can be every day when he goes step by step slowly."

He added: "I think he has become a stronger man with what happened to him. He is already experienced, physically he is back to his best, so I believe the best is still to come for him."

It's a big day for Danny Welbeck too. The former Manchester United star scored a crucial goal last weekend, but will be keen to impress again today.

Arsene Wenger, somewhat understandably, has one eye on Arsenal's Champions League efforts.

For Hull, meanwhile, Nick Powell makes his debut for the Tigers. This is a great platform for him to impress.

Nick Powell
Powell struggled for opportunities at Manchester United Getty Images

So, Arsenal make nine changes to the starting XI from last week. But Hull go one better, making ten changes to their side.

Danny Welbeck does begin the match, as Arsene Wenger suggested he might. David Ospina is in goal, too.

Arsenal: Ospina; Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs; Flamini, Elneny; Campbell, Iwobi, Welbeck; Walcott

Subs: Macey, Bellerin, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexis, Giroud

Breaking teams news:

Hull City: Jakupović, Davies, Bruce, Maguire, Tymon, Taylor, Meyler, Maloney, Elmohamady, Powell, Diomande

Subs: Kuciak, Odubajo, Huddlestone, Hernández, Diamé, Aluko, Robertson

Arsenal team news to follow...

Wenger also revealed his thoughts on his opposite number today, Steve Bruce.

"He is a fantastic football man who has great consistency as a player and manager," he said to the club's website.

"He has been in the game for a long, long time but he is not so much in the media talk, he is in football. I like that, real football people.

"I think he will be [managing in the Premier League] again next season. He did many times in his career.

"I don't think there's a big difference between the quality of a Championship manager and Premier League manager. For me there is no difference."

Steve Bruce
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Just before the team news comes through, here's a reminder of what Arsene Wenger has said about the prospect of Danny Welbeck starting today's game...

"I haven't completely decided yet," he said during a pre-match press conference. "He might start," Wenger added.

Danny Welbeck
Danny Welbeck made a dramatic return to action against Leicester Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he still has an undying love for the FA Cup as it was the first tournament he had ever seen on television while in France.

The Frenchman has gone on to become the most successful manager in FA Cup history, lifting the trophy six times.

"I believe the first game on television I ever saw in France was an FA Cup game," Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"We had no television and we had to go to school where we had a black and white screen and we could watch the FA Cup final."

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger is in his 20th year in charge of Arsenal Getty

Hello and welcome to our coverage of Arsenal's fifth round FA Cup tie against Hull City at the Emirates.

We will have team news for you in around ten minutes or so, so stay tuned for that. And we'll also bring you plenty of related news as we build up to this fifth round game in north London.