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Olivier Giroud celebrates with Theo Walcott after scoring against Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round replayReuters

Arsenal did not exactly turn on the style, but they found the much-needed goals to beat Hull City and continue their double title defence of the FA Cup.

Having failed to beat Hull City goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic in the fifth round tie at the Emirates, Arsenal found four goals in the replay at the KC Stadium, with Olivier Giroud grabbing a brace for his new-born son, while Theo Walcott added a couple more as well.

"I could have missed the game actually, so I was glad that he arrived during the night," Giroud told Arsenal Player. "I could have a little rest [after he was born].

"I travelled to Hull and I wanted to dedicate these two goals to him. I'm very happy to score."

The 4-0 win will give Arsenal some confidence ahead of more important matches, but there is plenty to worry about as well, after four players went down with injury. Per Mertesacker had to be taken off with a cut to his eye, Gabriel has a hamstring problem, Aaron Ramsey has a similar issue as well, while Nacho Monreal, who ended up playing at centre-back, was limping at the end of the match.

Arsene Wenger will hope all of them end up recovering in time for the FA Cup sixth round match against Watford Sunday, but the manager will be pleased with his two strikers' performance in this fifth round replay against Hull.

With Giroud in desperate need of goals, the France international was gifted one by David Meyler, who decided to pass back to his own goal and instead of finding one of his teammates, gave the ball straight to Giroud, who made no mistake with the finish, slotting the ball through Jakupovic's legs.

The Bebeto-inspired celebration followed as the Frenchman celebrated after his wife gave birth to a son Monday.

That goal gave Arsenal the much-needed halftime lead, and on 71 minutes the tie was done, as Giroud volleyed in a nice cross from Walcott. The England international would then get himself a goal six minutes later, nicely passing one past Jakupovic after running in behind to take a brilliant through ball from Joel Campbell.

Walcott would complete his brace two minutes from time, with his shot from an angle on the Hull right taking a deflection, before going past Jakupovic in the near post.

The 4-0 win broke Arsenal's five-match winless run, but with injuries and that air of discontent still around amongst the fans, there is plenty of work to do yet for Wenger, starting with the quarterfinal tie against Watford.

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