Arsenal young players are “worth the risk”beat League One Portsmouth to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals


Arsenal chief Mikel Arteta said the club’s young players are “worth the hazard” after his energetic group beat League One Portsmouth at a loud Fratton Park to arrive at the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Gunners supervisor named a side with six players matured 20 or under and they glanced in charge, particularly in the subsequent half, as they beat a group which had not lost in 19 home games and had won their past 10.

Pompey played well in the principal half however trailed to Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ volley from Reiss Nelson’s cross not long before the break.

Eddie Nketiah packaged home from short proximity from another Nelson cross to wrap up the triumph six minutes after the restart.

Pompey’s just shot on track came in the subsequent half, with substitute Ronan Curtis’ exertion spared.

“I’m truly satisfied with them [the youngsters],” Arteta revealed to BBC Sport. “I’m getting a charge out of working with the players. They merit an opportunity. It’s constantly a hazard yet they’re worth the hazard.

“It was an extraordinary climate and Portsmouth made it troublesome. We realized we’d have minutes we could endure however we responded and dealt with the game. We got two objectives and could have had a couple of something else.”

The other fifth-round ties are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The quarter-last draw is on BBC One on Wednesday at 21:50 GMT after Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City.

Arsenal came into this game on the rear of their stun Europa League exit to Olympiakos on Thursday.

Arteta – marginally shockingly – rolled out nine improvements, with a few periphery players beginning, and safeguard Pablo Mari making his introduction, notwithstanding the FA Cup being the main any expectation of flatware for the record 13-time victors.

They lost Lucas Torreira to injury in the principal a large portion of, the midfielder taken off on a stretcher after an extreme however reasonable sliding tackle by James Bolton.

That was their lone negative from the game at Fratton Park however.

Left-back Bukayo Saka – one of the two to keep their place from Thursday’s annihilation – constrained a spare and Gabriel Martinelli – likewise 18 – headed over the bar.

Sokratis opened the scoring with an awesome volley from Nelson’s conservative cross.

Furthermore, Nketiah scored his third objective since his advance spell at Leeds was stopped when he controlled Nelson’s cross before rifling into the top of the net from short proximity.

Starting there on Arsenal looked agreeable – they expanded their unbeaten run against Portsmouth to 22 games and have not lost to them since 1958.

“There is far to go [in the FA Cup],” said Arteta. “However, we’re on the correct way. We’ll see what occurs in the draw. We’ll prop up on the grounds that we love this opposition.”


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