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Arsenal 0, Hull 0: Unstoppable Force meets Immovable Object

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Arsenal's fifth-round tie with Hull City ends with plans to meet again at KC Stadium.

So, so close.
So, so close.
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Arsenal's offense was potent today except for that last part: 69 percent possession, 24 shots (11 on goal), and at one point late in the game, Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all charging forward against a Hull City side that was not quite at full first-team strength. It didn't matter, though, for Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic made incredible saves throughout the match, and preserved a 0-0 draw in FA Cup 5th Round action at the Emirates.

Arsenal must now play a 5th Round replay at Hull on either March 1 or 2, placing it in the middle of a fixture thicket that includes Tuesday's Champions League match against defending champs Barcelona, and key Premier League matches at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane.

Referee Mike Dean helped Hull in the first half, ignoring the fact that a Mohamed Elneny shot caromed off Alex Bruce's outstretched arm, though Jakupovic was solid on the first half's other solid chance for Arsenal -- a point-blank Danny Welbeck shot.

In the second half, Arsenal kept up the pressure, with some outstanding shots parried away by Eldin Jakupovic. While Alexis had an excellent free kick effort thwarted in stoppage time, he had a woeful day in his role as a sub, notably shanking a goal attempt well wide of the target. Similarly, Giroud and Chamberlain underwhelmed in their attempts at late-match heroics.

On the bright side, though, designated cup-keeper David Ospina dealt with Hull's one shot on target well, and a not-quite-first-team defense dealt well with Hull's few-and-far-between chances. But, on the whole, it was a draw against a familiar FA Cup foe at a particularly inopportune time.