In a repeat of last season’s final, where the Gunners ended their long hunt for silverware, Arsene Wenger’s men dominated proceedings against the much-changed Tigers, with goals from Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez booking their spot in the fourth round.
Steve Bruce was frustrated by a triple injury blow ahead of the tie and made ten changes to the side that beat Everton 2-0 on New Year’s Day.
His side enjoyed a lightning start against Arsenal in last term’s final, opening up a 2-0 lead inside eight minutes at Wembley, but it was the north Londoners who went in front this time around through Mertesacker.
At 6ft 7in, you’d think it would be wise to mark the German at a corner, but that’s exactly what Hull didn’t do as the centre-back rose unchallenged to nod in at the back post 20 minutes in.
Alexis Sanchez also went close early on, the Chilean seeing his first effort well blocked but floating a second attempt onto the top of the net with a clever chip.
And Hull had Paul McShane to thank for keeping the score at 1-0 moments later as he slid in to deny Sanchez on the line after the forward, played through following brilliant footwork from Tomas Rosicky, breezed around goalkeeper Steve Harper.
There was a welcome return for England forward Theo Walcott, making his first Gunners start since being stretched off during their FA Cup victory over Tottenham exactly 12 months ago, and he went close after racing through following a neat one-two with Santi Cazorla, though his sidefooted shot was well saved by Harper.
And the Hull stopper had to be alert to save from a team-mate seconds later, Yannick Sagbo diverting the ball towards his own goal as Hull continued to struggle at set pieces.
Arsene Wenger’s men completely dominated the opening-half, and that continued after the break with Sanchez again testing the gloves of Harper and the lively Rosicky denied by a superb last-ditch tackle as he looked to gallop into the box.
Despite the Gunners’ superiority, Hull were still in it with the score still at 1-0, and Steve Bruce rolled the dice early in the second-half by bringing on both Ahmed Elmohamady and record signing Abel Hernandez.
The switches certainly gave the Tigers more zip but still they failed to carve out any clear chances.
Arsenal, meanwhile, were more clinical, with star man Sanchez curling in from close-range in the final ten minutes to finally secure a deserved victory.