Hull City v Arsenal

7 Mar

Hull City players after their draw with Arsenal

Hull and Arsenal contested the 2014 FA Cup final, a match the Gunners won 3-2 after being 2-0 down

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Hull City and Arsenal are expected to make significant changes to their starting line-ups for their FA Cup last-16 replay on Tuesday.

The Gunners travel to the Championship side following a 0-0 draw in the original tie at Emirates Stadium.

Hull have a fully-fit squad to choose from, with Shaun Maloney and Nick Powell likely to make rare starts.

Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny (both calf) are still missing for Arsenal, while Francis Coquelin is suspended.

They join Jack Wilshere (leg), Tomas Rosicky (thigh), Santi Cazorla (knee) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee) in being unavailable for the tie at the KC Stadium.

Arsenal, who are attempting to lift the FA Cup for a third consecutive year, have not won in five matches in all competitions, while Hull are third in the Championship but have only one victory in their past five games.

The winners will be at home to Watford in the quarter-finals on Sunday.

What the managers said

Hull boss Steve Bruce: “The priority is the league and where we want to get to. We want to be playing the Arsenals and the Chelseas every week. But there’s nothing quite like an FA Cup tie or FA Cup run. Once it gets to this stage there’s all to play for.

“There are a whole raft of teams playing in the Championship on Tuesday – there’s a full fixture list. If we manage to get through then we will have to move our game on Saturday too, so the fixtures just pile up and that is a bit of a concern.

“Thankfully we have got everybody fit. Some of the squad haven’t played since the first game against Arsenal so it will be good for them.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, speaking about the game being arranged in the middle of a busy schedule for his side: “We had no choice because the next round in the FA Cup is on Saturday.

“So we had to fit it in somewhere. Ideally it’s not the best position for us but I couldn’t see any other solution.

“I will have to [make changes] but I’m not so much concerned about replacing one player with another one. It’s more that I have to rotate a little bit and keep the right balance in the team.”

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Match facts

  • The Gunners have won each of their last five visits to Hull in all competitions, scoring at least twice on each occasion.
  • Alexis Sanchez has scored five goals in six starts in the FA Cup. His first goal in the competition was scored against Hull in January 2015.
  • The Tigers have won their last three FA Cup games at home. They also won the only previous FA Cup meeting between these sides in Hull, though this was back in 1908.
  • Wenger’s side have won their last three FA Cup games away from home.
  • Arsenal have never lost an away FA Cup match against lower-league opposition under Wenger (W11 D4), last losing out to Sheffield United in January 1996.
  • Meanwhile, Hull are winless in 15 FA Cup games against top-flight opposition as a lower-tier side (D4 L11), last beating West Ham in February 1973.
  • Eldin Jakupovic made 11 saves in the 0-0 draw at Emirates Stadium – more than any keeper had made against Arsenal in a match at home this season.
  • Arsenal have won 14 consecutive rounds of the FA Cup. The record is 16, which the Gunners jointly hold.
  • The Tigers’ last five games in all competitions have produced just two goals – one for, one against.
  • Arsenal are winless in five games in all competitions. They’ve not gone six without a win since December 1998.

How the first leg unfolded

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Highlights: Arsenal 0-0 Hull City


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