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FA Cup: Arsenal Cruise Into Last Eight

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Arsenal cruised into the Quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with an emphatic 4-0 thrashing of Hull City at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.

Two-goals apiece from Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott saw the Gunner’s stretch their three-year unbeaten run in the FA Cup in a fifth-round replay, though the victory came at a cost.

The visitor’s lost Per Mertesacker, Gabriel and Aaron Ramsey to injury.

“I’m a bit shocked, we lost our two centre backs in the game and we lost Aaron Ramsey,” manager Arsene Wenger told BT Sport following his team’s sixth match in a hectic 18-day spell.

“Mertesacker has a cut on his eye and a bit of concussion but he should be fine and Gabriel looks alright. Ramsey, I’m a bit more concerned about because it’s a muscular thigh injury.”

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Giroud put the visitors ahead just before the break when he capitalised on a misplaced back-pass by Hull captain David Meyler, the Frenchman then fired home a cross from Walcott to double the Gunners advantage.

Walcott added a third, connecting a beautiful placed pass from Campbell with a trademark cool finish into the corner of the net, the England forward then capped off a fine performance for Arsene Wenger’s side with an 88th minute strike after a fine pass from Alex Iwobi. It makes this the third straight season that Arsenal have knocked Hull out of the FA Cup.

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The FA Cup has taken on extra importance for Arsene Wenger’s side with their Premier League title challenge faltering in recent weeks and their Champions League hopes in tatters after Barcelona left the Emirates Stadium with a 2-0 win two weeks ago.

The Gunners will host Watford in the quarter-finals on Sunday.