Arsenal kick started their defence of the FA Cup in a convincing fashion with a 2-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium on 4th January 2014.

A goal in each half from defender, Per Mertesacker and record signing, Alexis Sanchez gave The Gunners the victory as Hull City failed to gain a measure of revenge for defeat in last year’s final.

As early as the 20th minute of the game, Per Mertesacker rose above the Hull defence to powerfully head in the opener from Alexis Sanchez’s corner.

Arsenal Skipper Mertesacker escaped Hull counterpart Curtis Davies to nod in the opener, and the Gunners never looked in danger of suffering a second home FA Cup defeat in 39 matches.

Arsenal controlled the first half and almost doubled their lead when Hull’s Paul McShane cleared off the line.

Sanchez

Hull grew in confidence after half-time but Sanchez’s sharp turn and calm finish inside 18 yards sealed victory.

The Chile forward has become Arsenal’s talisman since his £35m summer move from Barcelona.

England forward Theo Walcott, 24, played 75 minutes on his first Gunners start for exactly a year as he continues to make his comeback from a serious knee injury and showed brief flashes of his pacy threat.

WALCOT

A Santi Cazorla pass allowed Sanchez to clinically fire in as Arsenal continue their bid to become only the eighth club to retain the FA Cup.