Arsenal versus Hull City FA Cup fifth-round tie will go to a replay after a frustrating goalless draw at Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
After 14 FA Cup wins on the bounce, Arsenal came into this game with no shortage of confidence – and boosted by their dramatic last-gasp victory against Leicester City last weekend.
Last weekend League match hero Danny Welbeck was rewarded with a first start for the club since the Gunners’ FA Cup semi-final triumph against Reading in April 2015 – some 308 days earlier. He was joined by nine other changes to the team, with just Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker – who captained the side – retaining their places.
Mohamed Elneny was drafted into the base of the midfield for his second start, Iwobi’s eye-catching form saw him handed the No 10 role and Walcott was restored to his favoured central striking position.
Arsenal dominated throughout but, despite creating a host of chances, could find no way through against their Championship opponents.
The first half saw the hosts in complete control but up against a goalkeeper in Eldin Jakupovic in sensational form.
The Hull stopper twice denied the lively Danny Welbeck in the early stages, before he was finally beaten – only for Alex Iwobi’s curling strike to fizz past the post.
Theo Walcott was next to have a go, only for Jakupovic to deny him at his near post before Welbeck had a penalty shout waved away by referee Mike Dean.
Arsenal continued to apply the pressure after the interval, with Walcott seeing an early effort palmed away by the visitors’ goalkeeper.
The goal just would not come for the hosts, and frustrations grew as Jakupovic touched a fine Joel Campbell free kick on to the post.
Welbeck came close to breaking the deadlock with a deflected shot from the edge of the area, but once again Hull’s goalkeeper came to their rescue.
There was still time for Jakupovic to push away an Alexis free kick from the edge of the area in injury time – but this time there would be no late winner.