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20th February 2016 Emirates: Wenger’s FA Cup holders found Hull City too tough to break down in this FA Cup 5th round tie and both teams will meet again at the KC.

Neither side wanted a replay, but one man Eldin Jakupovic made sure there would be one. A superb display by the Swiss stopper denied the Gunners time after time. He made 11 saves during the tie. One particular save from Joel Campbell’s free kick was a ‘finger tip masterpiece’.

Both sides made wholesale changes from their previous fixture (Arsenal 9, Hull City 10).

The visitors did most of the defending in both halves. Their best chances came in the second half when Aluko had a couple, but was either called offside or failed to find the net.

Arsenal made 24 on target attempts at City’s goal but a resilient and organised defence was too good for them.

In the first half Alex Bruce could easily have been penalised for handball in the box but Mike Dean ruled it was OK.

There will be a lot of fuss from Arsenal lovers, bloggers and press etc., claiming the Gunners were rubbish today…but they played well and were a bit unlucky. But as usual it’s Hull City, so if your high flying tram can’t beat them….they must be rubbish.

Steve Bruce…..

“I don’t know when we’re going to play the replay. That’s added to the fixture pile-up we’ve got.

“We made 10 changes and we rode our luck a bit, but the team deserved it for the spirit and the 100% effort they gave.

“It bodes well when I see the strength in depth we’ve got, because we’re going to need it.

“Josh Tymon didn’t look out of his depth and it’s great to see someone from the academy, from Hull, come in and wear the shirt.”

Crouching Tiger…………………..


Arsene Wenger…..

“The replay is not especially good news but Hull defended very well.

“We were not incisive or accurate enough in our passing in the final third. As long as they did not concede, they maintained with how they played. We had 20 shots, 70% possession, but no goals.

“I cannot influence the referee’s decisions, only the technical quality of my team. If we have no injuries, we can cope with the fixtures.

“I think FA Cup replays is a particularity of the English rules and you have to respect that.”

And Eldin Jakupovic…

“We are happy as a team and I’m very happy because my family was here. They came from Switzerland and they came from Hull” .

“I had a great performance against Arsenal but sometimes you need luck and that’s it.

“We knew from the beginning we were going to be behind the ball and we had to fight.

“I have to be patient and if I have a chance to play I will give my all. We are looking forward to the rematch against Arsenal but our big goal is to go back up to the Premier League.”
Hull City: Jakupovic, Maguire, Bruce, Davies, Elmo, Maloney, Taylor, (Huddlestone 55′), Meyler, Tymon (Odubajo 55′), Powell (Aluko 78′), Diomandé. Bench Unused: Hernandez, Diamé, Robertson, Kuciak.

Arsenal: Ospina, Chambers, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Flamini, Elneny, Campbell (Giroud 67′), Iwobe (Oxlade-Chamberlain 73′), Welbeck (Sanchez 67′), Walcott. Bench Unused: Monreal, Bellerin, Coquelin, Macey.

Whistler was….Mike Dean



City’s hero


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29th January 2014 Thursday –  Eldin Jakupovic has been recalled from his loan at Leyton Orient following the red card shown to Alan McGregor at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night by Roger East.

City do not know how many games McGregor will have to  sit out, the worst case being three of course. The severity of the ban depends on the circumstances at the time it was given and it could be only one match. It is assumed Bruce will think twice about appealing.

Jakupovic joined Orient for a one month loan at the start of January and he has done well for them. He has chalked up three clean sheets in four games letting in just one goal.




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7th January 2014 – Our 29 year old 3rd choice keeper Eldin Jakupovic has gone to the O’s on a 1 month loan.

City fans know all about the good and  bad of this guy and it will be useful for him to get a few competitive games under his belt.

Leyton’s current keeper Jamie Jones is sidelined at the moment with a back problem.

The 6’4″ keeper was Steve Bruce’s first full signing at the KC, agreeing a 2 year contract in July 2012. He had originally been brought in for trial by Nick Barmby, but things had been put on hold when Barmby was sacked by the Allam’s. When some interest was shown by Ipswich though Bruce took the plunge. At that time City had been trying all sorts of loans to settle a goal-keeping crisis –  Gulacsi, Basso and Mannone deals all dried up in succession.

He has made 5 league appearances for The Tigers and has 1 full international cap for Switzerland.


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