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Hull 0-4 Arsenal

  • Olivier Giroud opens the scoring after David Meyler's wayward backpass.
  • Per Mertesacker and Gabriel both go off injured
  • Giroud doubles the lead from Theo Walcott's deflected cross.
  • Walcott scores a late double to put the Gunners through
  • Arsenal vs Watford - 1:30pm Sunday 13 March
Olivier Giroud
Giroud scored his first goal since January to put Arsenal ahead. Getty Images

Full time: Hull 0-4 Arsenal

Arsenal set up a FA Cup quarter-final meeting with Watford after thrashing Hull City at the KC Stadium. Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both scored a moral-boosting double but it was an evening overshadowed by injury. Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Aaron Ramsey all went off and we wait to see what the prognosis is on the trio. Interestingly Arsenal leave the leave to a flag shown by the Gunners fans asking for the departure of Arsene Wenger. Hull meanwhile will return their attention to winning promotion from the Championship.

Well that is all we have time for on this live text. We will have all the reaction from this game, including news of Arsenal's injury problems, to come but until then goodbye.

Goal: Hull 0-4 Arsenal (Theo Walcott)

Theo Walcott adds a fourth and in truth it has been coming as Hull throw in the towel. Walcott escapes down the right and via a deflection off Alex Bruce - it may even be an own goal - the ball beats Jakupovic at his near post. Steve Bruce has a face of thunder.

Chances keep coming for Arsenal as Giroud and now Iwobi are denied. Hull haven't really recovered from the first goal and the manner of it. Steve Bruce will hope this does not affect their promotion campaign.

Goal: Hull 0-3 Arsenal (Theo Walcott)

Icing on the cake for Arsenal, with the goal of the night by a stretch. Joel Campbell plays an inch-perfect pass to Walcott who controls and slides the ball past Jakupovic. Only the three injuries to Mertesacker, Gabriel and Ramsey overshadows a decent evening's work.

It is not all good news for Arsenal though as substitute Aaron Ramsey, who came on around 17 minutes ago, goes off injured. Incredible run for the north Londoners.

Goal: Hull 0-2 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

The Gunners double their lead with 20 minutes left and that should be enough to see them through. Theo Walcott crosses from the left and via another deflection finds Giroud who puts the ball away from six yards.

Hull contributed to Arsenal take the lead, and the visitor almost repay the favour. Aluko crosses and Ramsey running back gets the first header in and it goes agonisingly wide of Ospina's goal.

Half chance for Hull. The hosts work it well and Nick Powell get the ball 20 yards out but he skews wide. David Ospina barely worked tonight, bar that Meyler shot in the firrst half.

Sony Aluko on for Hull City as Steve Bruce tries to force his side back into this tie and expose that makeshift back four.

Free-kick for Arsenal right outside the penalty area as Aaron Ramsey replace Gabriel. Giroud, who won it, will take it but the ball clatters into the wall.

Gabriel down for Arsenal and it doesn't look too good for the Brazilian who is limping off. Aaron Ramsey coming on it seems, with maybe Mathieu Flamini going to centre-back. That leaves the Gunners without any central defenders or their first choice goalkeeper. Bring on Barcelona.

First genuine chance of the second period. Walcott's free-kick is cleared and Elneny takes the ball on the volley first time and Jakupovic tips the ball over with a fine save.

Really late challenge from Mo Diame on Nacho Monreal and the Spaniard limps away after being caught from behind. No punishment from the official however, which seems bizarre. Wenger can ill-afford to see another of his defenders out injured.

Underway in the second half at the KC Stadium. No further changes for either side.

Half time: Hull 0-1 Arsenal

Not a half to write home about. Arsenal lead in fortuitous circumstances through Olivier Giroud's first goal for 12 hours and David Meyler's hopeless backpass found the Frenchman all along eight yards out. Other than that it has been very stop start, with more blood incidents that chances but Hull will be kicking themselves for the manner in which they have gone behind having committed so much to this tie.

Hull's best chance of the game so far as Powell swings a free-kick in from the right and Alex Bruce flicks a header wide. As it turns out, the Hull centre-back was offside in the build-up so it would not have counted.

Nick Powell off for more treatment on that head wound, which forced Per Merteacker off permanently. Five minutes added on, primarily for that incident.

Arsenal within a whisker of doubling their lead as Kieran Gibbs winds one up from range and curls onto the crossbar, with Jakupovic beaten.

Goal: Hull 0-1 Arsenal (Olivier Giroud)

Olivier Giroud became a father overnight and here is another gift from the gods as Arsenal take the lead. Giroud scores his first goal since January after David Meyler plays a lazy backpass across his own six yard box. After all Hull have given in this tie so far, that is a poor way to concede.

Hull have dealt well with what Arsenal have thrown at them so far in this first half and a combination of Alex Bruce and Curtis Davies snuff out the latest attack as Giroud crosses. The Gunners' first corner comes to nothing in the end.

Per Mertesacker came back on after that clash of heads and he lasts just 32 minutes as he is replaced by Nacho Monreal. A lot swelling around the German's left eye.

David Ospina to the rescue for Arsenal. David Meyler hits one from 20 yards after the Gunners fail to clear a free-kick and the Colombian beats it clear. Arsenal survive as Ospina palms the ball out from the follow-up.

Another blood injury and it comes for a Hull player. Maguire gets a kick to the nose from Giroud and blood is streaming from him. He needs a new shirt but he should be nice to continue. Plenty of stoppages to a game already lacking flow.

Hull sitting very deep when Arsenal get the ball and that means things are very congested in around the penalty area. Arsenal work it down the left channel but the move breaks down when Gibbs' cross goes array.

The pair both resume the game and we will keep an eye on how they get on. Head injuries very much an issue which causes plenty of debate.

Nick Powell back to his feet but Per Mertesacker remains down. Arsenal are short of defender so they could do with him being ok. Back to his feet now is the German but it is not yet certain if he will continue.

Clash of heads in the Hull penalty area and it looks pretty nasty on first viewing. Arsenal's Per Mertesacker and Hull's Nick Powell as the players involved. Both players getting treatment as the BT Sport commentators trivialise the whole thing.

Much like the first leg not much to mention from an attacking point of view, but Arsenal create the first genuine chance after 10 minutes. Walcott puts Joel Campbell in, who is ahead of Odubajo, who had gone forward in the previous attack but he can't wrap his foot around the ball and the chance is gone.

Ball in the net for Arsenal inside three minutes but as Theo Walcott hammers home the flag goes up and the England man is flagged offside.

Underway at the KC Stadium. Not a bad atmosphere for a half-baked FA Cup tie.

Players out at the KC Stadium. Very much a luke-warm build-up but can the game come to life? Kick-off and updates on the way.

Steve Bruce on BT Sport: "We hope so we're at home and that puts an onus to go and see if we cause them some problems. We have to defend as well as we did last time around. We have to make sure it is a cup tie and get in amongst them. At home we have been particularly impressive and I hope we can continue that."

Arsene Wenger on BT Sport: "It is because you always say to your strikers don't worry if you don't score but they are lost words. Giroud became a father to a little boy last night so I hope that gives him an injection of confidence. Tonight is very important for us, we had a good experience to win the cup and it is an important competition for us."

Alex Owobi starts against for Arsenal in the FA Cup. he has begun each of their ties in this competition and he continues that run as part of a fresh looking front three at the KC Stadium. Olivier Giroud return after having not mustered a goal since January, as does Theo Walcott. The latter two in particular will be looking to prove a point.

Though you might not have guessed it looking at both teams and the 13 changes between the sides, there is plenty of stake here tonight. Hull have hit a rocky patch since going top of the Championship and one win in their last four league games sees them back down into third. Arsenal have fallen eight points behind Premier League leaders Leicester meanwhile, but showed character to battle back from behind to draw at Tottenham. Both managers are under pressure to end the season with some silverware of some description, and this competition may work as some light relief away from the stresses of the league.

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Gabriel, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell, Giroud

Six changes meanwhile for the Gunners. Francis Coquelin misses out through suspension, as Chambers, Flamini, Walcott, Iwobi, Campbell and Giroud come in. Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez on the bench.


Hull: Jakupovic, Bruce, Maguire, Davies, Odubajo, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Diame, Powell, Diomande

Seven changes for Hull City from the defeat to Birmingham. In come Jakupovic, Bruce, Maguire, Elmohamady, Meyler, Powell, and Diomande. Former West Ham midfielder Mo Diama starts in midfield. Michael Dawson, Robert Snodgrass, Jake Livermore and Sam Clucas are among those to drop out.

Both teams have arrived at the KC Stadium. Worth noting that Mesut Ozil is among the players to have travelled for Arsenal, who came through the draw at Tottenham unscathed. Teams should be with us any minute now.

Neither side are prepared to sacrifice their league campaign in order to reach the quarter-final of the FA Cup; a sign of the times as much as the ridiculous fixture congestion. Tonight's game is being played at the ungainly hour of 7pm opposite a Champions League night and in the build up at least, it has been a bit of an afterthought.

Teams are expected to be confirmed any minute now, but until then let's have a look at how we expect both teams to line up.

Both sides have league priorities so are likely to field weakened teams tonight, as they did in the first game. Shaun Maloney and Nick Powell will both come in for the Tigers though Steve Bruce does have a fully-fit squad to choose from.

Arsenal are without seven players through injury and suspension, including Francis Coquelin who was sent off against Tottenham. The 11-time winners may even rest David Ospina and give Matt Macey his debut after he was an unused substitute at White Hart Lane.

It would be fair to say it has not been a vintage last 24 hours for the reputation of global sport. Maria Sharapova and Margaret Byrne have overshadowed International Women's Day with their behaviour and it might take something special to take the headlines away from them. But in the form of the world's oldest cup competition we might just have an outlet for our frustration. The FA Cup fifth round comes to a belated end two-and-a-half weeks after it began as Hull host Arsenal in the only replay of the round. Both sides have other priorities so tonight will be about restricting fatigue and ensuring we don't have extra time. Anything beyond that, including setting up a meeting with Watford in the quarter-final this weekend, might be considered a bonus. Team news and updates on the way ahead of the 7pm kick-off.