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Elneny makes second Arsenal appearance in 0-0 FA Cup draw with Hull

Ahram Online , Saturday 20 Feb 2016
Mohamed Elneny
Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny in action against Hull City (Reuters)

Egypt's Mohamed Elneny made his second Arsenal appearance and came close to opening his account in a 0-0 draw at home to second-tier Hull City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

Elneny's compatriot Ahmed Elmohamady also played all 90 minutes for Hull, who were lucky to escape with a draw that forced a replay to determine who will qualify for the FA Cup sixth round.

Egypt midfielder Elneny, who joined from Swiss champions Basel in January, looked composed on the ball in his second appearance after making his debut in the 2-1 win over Burnley in the same competition last month.

Playing as a central midfielder, he had a chance to give Arsenal the lead early in the game when his shot from inside the area following a corner appeared to hit the arm of Hull's Alex Bruce.

The 23-year-old kept roaming around the opposition area throughout the match, sending some neat passes to the right and left.

Elmohamady, a natural right wing-back, hardly made any forays down the flank as Hull adopted a defensive strategy to keep Arsenal at bay.

It was the third straight year that the teams have met in the competition. Arsenal won in the final in 2014 and also in the third round last season, on their way to retaining the trophy.

Scrapping replays in the FA Cup is among measures being considered to trim the fixture list in English football.

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