Saturday, 20 February 2016

LaPercy Review : Arsenal vs Hull City (FA CUP Fifth Round Match)

The FA Cup Fifth Round match between Arsenal and Hull City at Emirates ended in a entertaining 0-0 stalemate as Hull City proceeded and took a big step towards the final at Wembley on 21st may and also towards another giant killing with the previous being Leicester City. LaPercy's Man Of The Match was Hull City's Eldin Jakupovic who produced some fine saves and thwarted Arsenal by an inspired performance to force a FA Cup Fifth Round Replay.

Arsenal went into this match with Iwobi, resting the starting 11 regulars Sanchez and Giroud but brought them in 2nd half,among some players that were being rested for the tough Round Of 16 1st leg match against Barcelona at the Emirates on 24th. But this was a problem for the Gunners as they could not win this match as the strikers could not score past Jakupovic on a fine Saturday afternoon. Arsenal's last match messiah Welbeck was in a fine form as he put on a good display. The game was filled with missed chances. In 28th minute, a good save from Jakupovic denied Walcott, who drilled a low shot from a similar position to Welbeck earlier in the half. This time Jakupovic reacted smartly to save with his right foot. In the 47th minute Walcott could have given Arsenal the lead thanks to a good move ended with a crisp cutback by Gibbs towards Walcott. Walcott then sidefooted low towards goal from 12 yards, and Jakupovic got down to his right to push it away. In the 63rd minute Jakupovic made his fifth excellent save, flying to his left to repel a deflected Welbeck shot. He had dived past the ball when it changed direction off Curtis Davies but was able to reach back with his right hand to get the ball to safety.There was a great missed chance on the 70th minute as Giroud moved cleverly away from Davies, 

not once but twice before drilling a low shot from 20 yards that was comfortably held by the sprawling Jakupovic. Another Arsenal forward Campbell was also in good form as in 54th minute Campbell hit the post which was the result of an excellent free kick which curled low towards the far corner from right of centre. Jakupovic, whose weight was going the wrong way, managed to change direction, plunge to his right and fingertip the ball onto the post. That was a magnificent save. Sanchez was also on a target but the freekick was too close to Jakupovic who made a dramatic save to his right but that was relatively straightforward. Arsenal fans should understand that Welbeck’s not a messiah, he comes good once or twice a season. I mean, who can forget the time he decided he was Leo Messi one on one v Neuer.
              A stubborn defending from the Tigers kept it goalless at the break but Arsenal were playing like Arsenal. Lots of possession, lots of chances and against a side that isn't good. Still 0-0. But Steve Bruce's Tigers not only ended a 14-game winning run in the FA Cup for the Gunners, they also prevented a repeat of their defeats by the Londoners in the 2014 final and last season's third round. At the end Jakupovic runs over to give his daughter a kiss. That was sweet. He’ll probably get a two-match ban for going into the crowd. He has made some ridiculous saves in the past but this is surely one of the most memorable games of his career.

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