Arsene Wenger says Arsenal’s patience paid dividends as they overcame Hull City 4-0 to secure an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Watford.
The Gunners took 131 minutes to break the deadlock against Steve Bruce’s high-flying Championship outfit, however, after Olivier Giroud’s opener, just before half time of last night’s replay, they eased to victory with three further goals in the second half.
Reflecting on Arsenal’s first win since 14 February, the boss praised the manner in which his players asserted their technical quality.
“In the first half we needed patience because they played very deep, similar to when we played at Emirates Stadium,” he told Arsenal Player.
“The patience was important and to keep the ball moving and to get them tired and find the opening without being exposed to counter attacks.
“I would say our technical quality and mobility gave them many problems. We played at a higher pace technically and as long as we could maintain that they were in trouble.
“We had a difficult period at the start of the second half and then after that our technical superiority took over and we scored some convincing goals.
“We have another challenge on Sunday against Watford and hopefully we manage to do it again. Everyone loves this competition but it is difficult to be unbeaten and when you are beaten you are out.”
Wenger was also pleased to see strike duo Giroud and Walcott net two goals each. “Giroud had gone a while without a goal and that will help him tonight,” continued the boss.
“He became [the father] of a young boy last night and that will certainly give him euphoria. Walcott scored which is good as well.
“I made the decision to play him [Giroud] and he wants to always play and all the other players want to play and that is quite normal. People are sometimes surprised that players want to play. Believe me, you don’t play at that level if you don’t want to play.”