Premier League giants Arsenal made the trip to the KC Stadium on Tuesday night, as they faced off against Championship side Hull City in the fifth round of the FA Cup, after a goalless draw at the Emirates. The Gunners had not been in the best of form in recent weeks but were hoping to get back to winning ways with the league title slowly slipping away from their hands. With a place in the next round up for grabs, the first forty minutes did not produce any goals with Per Mertesacker going off injured. In the 41st minute, it was Olivier Girod who finally capitalized on a huge error by Myler to give the visitors the lead. There were no more goals in the first half, as the two teams went into the break.
After the restart, there were more chances to both sides but no goals added beyond the hour mark. Finally in the 71st minute, the French striker added a second to his name and doubled the lead for his side with a fine finish. Arsene Wenger’s side looked in control of the game at that point though they lost Gabriel first and later Ramsey to injuries as well. Despite that, they further added a couple of more goals with Theo Walcott scoring a brace, with strikes in the 77th and 88th minute to make it 4-0 on the night. A well-deserved win as Arsenal went through to the next round of the tournament with ease.
Here is what Wenger had to say in his post-match press conference after the huge win over their rivals, giving updates on his players and their injuries as well:
“Mertesacker has a cut on his eye so he should be fine. Aaron Ramsey’s looks most serious.”
“We have great confidence in the squad. Giroud’s goal will help him and give him euphoria.”
Talking about his decision to play Giroud, Wenger added, “I made the decision to play him because he always wants to play.”
On how much winning the Emirates FA Cup means to him, he said, “Do you know someone who has won it more than me? There’s your answer.”
He concluded by saying, “What matters now is our next game which is Watford on Sunday afternoon. I would have loved to have played on Saturday.”