Arsenal's Walcott, Giroud floor Hull
HULL, England (AP):
Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott both scored twice as FA Cup holders Arsenal easily eliminated Hull yesterday, overcoming the second-tier side 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals at the second attempt.
After winning the fifth-round replay, Arsenal's quest for a third successive FA Cup title continues on Sunday with a home match against Watford.
Although Arsenal ended a five-match winless run, centre backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista, and midfielder Aaron Ramsey limped off.
Mertesacker was concussed in a clash of heads with Hull midfielder Nick Powell in the first half. Arsenal manager ArsEne Wenger said he was concerned about Ramsey's thigh injury but believes Gabriel will be fine.
Giroud's first goals since January 13 were key to the victory.
The 29-year-old Giroud steered home a wayward pass from David Meyler four minutes before half-time. Meyler had directed the ball back to Eldin Jakupovic and Giroud capitalised by rolling a right-footed shot past Hull's back-up goalkeeper.
Midway through the second half, the France striker fired home a cross from Walcott, who added gloss to the scoreline by turning a shot coolly into the net six minutes later and sending a deflected near-post strike past Jakupovic late on.