Holders Arsenal’s prolonged dominant run in a FA Cup continued though they were undone by realistic Championship leaders Hull City on Saturday, sketch 0-0 in a dull fifth-round tie during a Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger’s side piled on late vigour though could not find a approach past a massed ranks of Hull’s counterclaim and will need a replay in their query to turn a initial bar in a complicated epoch to win a foe 3 years in a row.
Despite strenuous possession, a closest Arsenal came to violation a deadlock was Joel Campbell’s giveaway flog that was sloping opposite a post by Hull’s Eldin Jakupovic and Theo Walcott was also denied by a desirous goalkeeper.
Hull, beaten by Arsenal in a 2014 FA Cup final after heading 2-0 inside a opening 10 minutes, frequency threatened, nonetheless David Meyler squandered a good possibility when he shot into a side-netting.
“We were not satirical or accurate adequate in a flitting in a final third,” Wenger, holding assign of his 100th FA Cup diversion for Arsenal, told BT Sport.
“We had 20 shots, 70 percent possession though no goals.”
Arsenal had won their prior 14 FA Cup ties and should have done it 15 notwithstanding 9 changes to a group who kick Leicester City final week to pierce to within dual points of a tip of a Premier League.
Wenger clearly had one eye resolutely on Tuesday’s Champions League final 16 home diversion opposite Barcelona though promotion-chasing Hull went one better, creation 10 alterations to their lineup from final week’s pull with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Manager Steve Bruce shielded his preference that enclosed a place for 16-year-old Josh Tymon.
“It’s not like we sent out a group of kids,” Bruce, whose priority is to get Hull behind into a tip flight, said.
“We had a lot of knowledge out there today.
“We done 10 changes and we rode a fitness a bit, though a group deserved it for a suggestion and bid they gave. It bodes good when we see a strength in abyss we’ve got, since we’re going to need it.”
Arsenal threw on a likes of Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they sought a leader though when Jakupovic denied Sanchez in blocking time it valid to be a final goalmouth action.
Later on Saturday Watford face Leeds United, Reading horde West Bromwich Albion and Bournemouth play Everton in a day’s usually all top-flight clash.
Chelsea horde Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur face Crystal Palace on Sunday. Third tier Shrewsbury Town perform Manchester United on Monday.