LONDON – Arsenal defeated Hull City 2-0 in a third round repeat of the 2014 FA Cup final at the Emirates Stadium and comfortably progress to the fourth round.
Arsenal progressed after winning 2-0 at home to Hull City in a repeat of last season’s final, which saw Arsene Wenger’s side end their nine-year trophy drought by coming from behind to win 3-2.
The reunion with Steve Bruce’s Hull was a less dramatic affair. Per Mertesacker headed Arsenal in front from Alexis Sanchez’s 20th-minute corner and Sanchez sealed victory with a precise shot eight minutes from time.
“We missed some chances, but we needed to be patient and do the job in a professional way,” Wenger said. “If we could stop Hull scoring, you could see the second goal would come. It came late, but we dealt with the situation.”
Premier League joint-leaders Manchester City were given a scare by second-tier Sheffield on Wednesday before coming through 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to a 91st-minute winner from James Milner.
Wednesday had lost 7-0 at City in the League Cup in September, but they took a 14th-minute lead through Atdhe Nuhiu, only for Milner, on his 29th birthday, to equalise in the 66th minute before snatching a last-gasp winner.
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