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Wenger strutting, defiant after Arsenal’s big win; Ramsey, Gabriel hurt


during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round Replay match between Hull City and Arsenal at KC Stadium on March 8, 2016 in Hull, England.

Laurence Griffiths

Arsene Wenger is sneering his way past critics in a tumultuous month for his Gunners.

Arsenal beat Hull City 4-0 on Tuesday in the two sides’ FA Cup replay, moving the Gunners to within three wins of the first tournament 3-peat in 130 years.

[ MATCH RECAP: Hull City 0-4 Arsenal ]

Theo Walcott scored twice and new dad Olivier Giroud also nabbed a brace as Arsenal tore through an in-form Tigers side.

And Wenger stuck his chest out with the media after the game, touting his Cup record -- he has -- while painting the Gunners as detested by the powers-that-be.


on what the FA Cup means to him…
Do you know somebody that has won it [the FA Cup] more than me? That gives you your answer.

...on playing Sunday and not Saturday…
I would have loved to have played on Saturday but we don’t influence the schedule and we do not get any favours so everybody will be happy in England.

Wenger has six FA Cup titles as Arsenal manager, and his “boredom” with critics sure comes with a bit of vitriol (for a bored man, at least).

The manager also updated the status of three players hurt in Tuesday’s win. Per Mertesacker will be fine after suffering a cut under his eye, while Gabriel has a hamstring injury. The big blow is Aaron Ramsey, as Wenger said his thigh strain could cost him playing time.

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