Eldin Jakupovic produced a man-of-the-match performance in the Hull City goal as the Championship leaders held Arsenal 0-0 at the Emirates.
Hull made 10 changes while holders Arsenal, who have beaten the Tigers in the FA Cup in each of the past two seasons, also fielded an under-strength team ahead of their Champions League match with Barcelona on Tuesday.
Arsenal appeared to have very justifiable claims for a penalty waved away in the opening 10 minutes by referee Mike Dean when Mohamed Eleny's shot on goal struck the arm of Alex Bruce.
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The hosts continued to press throughout - spending the majority of the match camped in opposition territory - but thanks to some stunning goalkeeping from Jakupovic, both sides will have to find room in their busy fixture schedule for a replay up north.
Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic
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8’ – PENALTY SHOUT! Eleny gets his shot on goal and it appears to be blocked by the arm of Alex Bruce. Referee Mike Dean doesn’t spot it.
16’ – GOOD SAVE! Welbeck gets the better of Davies and rifles a shot at Jakupovic, who gets down well to block.
28’ – GOOD SAVE JAKUPOVIC! The Hull keeper is at it again, this time blocking Walcott’s drive across goal with his boot.
38’ – PENALTY SHOUT! Welbeck twists and turns in the box before going down but there looked like minimal contact.
47’ – JAKUPOVIC SAVES FROM WALCOTT! He bats down another fierce shot from a tight angle.
53’ – BRILLIANT SAVE JAKUPOVIC! Possibly the best of the lot as he gets fingertips to Campbell’s free-kick to turn it onto the post.
63’ – JAKUPOVIC TO THE RESCUE AGAIN! Another great save, clawing out Welbeck’s deflected effort.
Today was Arsene Wenger’s 100th FA Cup match as Arsenal manager.
Arsenal miss the chance to equal Manchester United on a record 118 wins in the FA Cup since Great Britain joined the European Union on 1 January 1973.
This is the third consecutive season these teams have met in the FA Cup - Arsenal won the previous two meetings, including the 2014 final.
The Gunners have now won nine of their last 11 matches with Hull in all competitions, drawing the other.
Theo Walcott, Arsenal - Hull City, FA Cup - 2016
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The Alex Bruce penalty shout. The match was only eight minutes old when Eleny’s shot appeared to catch the arm of Bruce. Had it been given, it would likely have been a very different outcome.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City): An easy one today. Produced 14 saves in total and half a dozen were world class. Kept Hull in the tie.
Arsenal: Ospina 6, Chambers 6, Koscielny 6, Mertesacker 6, Gibbs 6, Flamini 6, Eleny 7, Campbell 7, Iwobi 7, Welbeck 7, Walcott 6. Subs: Sanchez 6, Oxlade-Chamberlain 6, Giroud 6.
Hull City: Jakupovic 9, Davies 8, Bruce 7, Maguire 7, Tymon 7, Taylor 6, Meyler 6, Maloney 7, Elmohamady 6, Powell 6, Diomande 6. Subs: Odubajo 6, Huddlestone 6, Aluko 6.
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