Hull City goalkeeper Jakupovic forces FA Cup replay with Arsenal

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Neither side wanted this for oh-so-many reasons.

Arsenal and Hull City are headed to the KC Stadium for a replay, congesting the schedules of two teams with very different goals, after Tigers keeper Eldin Jakupovic made several key stops in a 0-0 draw Saturday at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners want to be the first team to win three-straight FA Cups since the 1886 Blackburn Rovers, but also know they have a massive ask in trying to unseat Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League while also aiming for the Premier League title.

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Hull is hoping to earn automatic promotion back to the Premier League, and currently have a three-point cushion on the field in the Championship Division.

So both sides went with weakened lineups, both had chances to advance, and both got what they least wanted: a replay.

It was the third-straight season the Tigers and Gunners met in the FA Cup, the first being Arsenal’s 2014 Cup win at Wembley Stadium.