By Walter Broeckx
Arsenal made a lot of changes,for this match. Most noticeable one was was the first start of Welbeck in 10 months. Ospina started in goal and Cech was given the weekend off as Macey was the keeper on the bench.
Team that started: Ospina, Chambers, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Campbell, Iwobi, Welbeck, Walcott
On the beach: Macey, Bellerin, Monreal, Coquelin, Oxlade-Chamberlain,Alexis, Giroud.
Bruce with a hand after a corner but Dean found it not worthy for a penalty after some 7 minutes. Walcott with a good move on the right and a good cross but Welbeck headed straight at the Hull keeper. Arsenal with most of the ball and a few chances and Hull defending was the picture of the first 15 minutes. Still 0-0.
Chambers with a good pass to Welbeck but the keeper could stop his low shot and Hull could clear for a corner. From the resulting corner again a good chance but the left footed effort from Iwobi curled at the wrong side of the post. Handball against Flamini… oh well. Handballs can only be made by Arsenal players it seems based on the last matches. Chambers with a ball to Walcott an excellent turn and shot but again the keeper with a good reflex. Maguire with a dive to win a penalty at the other end and Dean giving him a yellow card. Wow….Still 0-0 after 30 minutes.
Maloney putting Walcott down to prevent a quick attack and another booking. Koscielny with a clearing header after a free kick was the first real threat from Hull. Walcott end seconds later Welbeck stopped by the last defender with a good block. Welbeck going down in the penalty area but nothing given by Dean and that was correct. He was already going down before the contact. Koscielny with a foul stopping a promising attack and he also goes in the book. A bit of confusion in the penalty area after the free kick but Arsenal can clear. The score was 0-0 after 45 minutes.
Gibbs with an excellent infiltration on the left a cut back but the shot from Walcott was saved by the keeper. A defender having taken the steam out of the shot to help the keeper. Chambers going down in the penalty area no foul for Dean, Elneny with the recovery to Iwobi whose shot was deflected wide. Replay showed a clear penalty foul on Chambers at the start. Another foul on Welbeck this time. Free kcik from Campbell finger tips from the keeper turns it against the post and the rebound is fired over by Flamini. Then Chambers goes in the book for a holding offence. Some pressure from Arsenal but still no goals after 60 minutes.
Another save from the Hull keeper after a shot from Welbeck. Arsenal really pressing Hull back in and around their own penalty area. All 11 Hull players around their own penalty area. After 66 minutes Campbell comes off and Giroud comes on. Welbeck also goes off and Alexis comes in his place. Giroud with a good action but again the keeper with an equally good save on the low shot. Hull with a rare counter after 71 minutes but the shot goes in the side net. After 72 minutes the Ox comes on for Iwobi. One Alex for another. Still 0-0 after 75 minutes.
A cross from Chambers and a defender can clear just in front of Giroud. Alexis can’t get his shot between the posts after having some room for a shot. Giroud with a header but the keeper first on the ball. A first real chance for Hull after 85 minutes on a counter but Ospina could save the shot. It was offside by the way but not given. Giroud lays it off to The Ox but he misses the goal. Bruce picking up a yellow card for a tackle on The Ox. 4 minutes of extra time.
Free kick to Alexis but again a good save from the keeper. Almost an own goal from the corner. Arsenal with a real scrimmage in the last seconds but the header from the Ox ends up in the arms of the best man on the pitch: the Hull keeper. Hull hang on to a replay. Not what we wanted but it is better to be in the cup than being out of it.
Final score Arsenal 0 – Hull keeper 0 and Dancing Dean…. well again he refused to give us the penalty(ies) we deserved. Nothing new under the sun.