Former striker Dion Dublin felt it was a familiar tale for Arsenal as they were utterly dominant against Hull City but failed to win as they missed an abundance of opportunities, the BBC reports.
The Gunners faced a Hull side which made ten changes from their side which drew 0-0 with fellow Championship promotion rivals Brighton and Hove Albion in midweek.
The Tigers are clearly prioritising their promotion bid over the FA Cup, and as a result many anticipated an easy victory for Arsene Wenger’s men as they seek a third straight success in the competition.
However, for all Arsenal’s endeavour, they couldn’t find a way past Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, prompting Dublin to lavish praise on the shot-stopper while ruing the hosts’ missed chances.
"In Arsenal situation the last thing you need is a replay at Hull. It's the same old story Arsenal were attacking, Hull defending and if it wasn’t for the goalkeeper Hull would be three or four down,” Dublin explained.
Arsenal dominated from start to finish and totally 23 efforts over the course of the 90 minutes, with 11 of those on target.
The closest they came to breaking the deadlock was via a Joel Campbell free-kick which was superbly tipped on to the post – to the frustrations of the home support.
The Gunners would not have wanted a replay at the KC Stadium, not while they are right in the mix of a Premier League title race as well as having a Champions League tie with Barcelona to contend with.
The fixtures are coming thick and fast for Wenger’s men, and it will be interesting to see if they risk going to Hull with a weakened team after their 3-0 thrashing at Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the campaign.