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 1800s Getty

Arsenal welcome Hull City for the fifth round of the FA Cup at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday (20 February).

Where to watch live

Kick-off is set for 12.45pm GMT. Live coverage is available on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport 2 HD. Radio commentary of the game is available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Arsenal play Hull City in the FA Cup for the third consecutive season, this time in the fifth round of the cup. The Gunners were victorious on both occasions in the past with one being in the final of the cup in 2014. Arsene Wenger will be keen to put together another good cup run but is likely to rest a few key stars ahead of their clash with Barcelona on Tuesday (23 February). The north London club are keen to become the third club to win the FA Cup three consecutive times after Wanderers FC (1876, 1877, 1878) and Blackburn (1884, 1885, 1886).

The manager will have Laurent Koscielny back for the game but could opt to rest him for the midweek Champions League clash. Danny Welbeck is in line to start his first game in over 10 months, while Mohamed Elneny could also make the starting XI for the second time since his arrival in January.

Hull City, meanwhile, come into this game on a strong run of form and are on course to return to the Premier League next season. They are top of the Championship table and lead Middlesbrough by two points with 15 games still to play.

Steve Bruce will be keen to beat Arsenal at the third time of asking after coming mighty close during the 2014 final at Wembley. He will be without two key players Chuba Akpom and Issac Hayden, who are both ineligible due to their ties to the Gunners but will have the services of top scorer Abel Hernandez, who is sure to cause problems to the 12-times FA Cup champions' defence.

What managers say

Arsene Wenger: "In 2015 we finished third in the league and won the trophy again. We have an opportunity now at home to be in the competition for the third time. Of course we want to take advantage of that and win our game."

Steve Bruce: "The odds are just ridiculous but when there was four, five, six balls left when the last draw was made, I think it was written in the stars again that we were going to go back to the Emirates (Stadium). It could've been a bit kinder to us but whenever you go and play Arsenal and go to the Emirates, then it's a fabulous occasion, a big cup tie and let's go and enjoy it and see what we can do."

Betting odds (

  • Arsenal to win: 5/11
  • Draw: 13/4
  • Hull City to win: 82/11

Team news


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

Hull City

Possible XI: McGregor, Odubajo, Dawson, Davies, Roberston, Powell, Huddlestone, Livermore, Diame, Clucas, Hernandez