Gunners reach the fifth round where they will face Portsmouth
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 – 7:57am
FA Cup fourth round
Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 2
Arsenal’s renaissance under Mikel Arteta continued with a comfortable 2-1 win over Bournemouth in the FA Cup fourth round last night.
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The Gunners’s reward for their victory is a fifth-round trip to another stretch of the south coast to play Portsmouth.
If Arsenal play against Pompey like they did in the first half last night they’ll have no trouble seeing off the League One side.
Arteta fielded a mix of youth and experience, including a couple of 18-year-olds in Bukayo Saka and Gabriel Martinelli, and 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah up front.
All three repaid the faith of their manager, as did another youngster, Joe Willock, in an impressive first 45 minutes.
Willock and Martinelli combined after just five minutes to tee up Saka for a thunderbolt strike and the goalscorer then turned provider midway through the first period, delivering a well-judged cross from the left that Nketiah hammered past Bournemouth keeper Mark Travers.
The Cherries got a goal back deep into stoppage time through Sam Surridge but it couldn’t mask the gulf in quality between the sides.
The defeat will increase the pressure on Cherries boss Eddie Howe, whose team have won just three of their last 15 matches in all competitions.
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Young Guns looked good
For Arteta, the win was further evidence that Arsenal are starting to move in the right direction with the Spaniard having lost just once in his eight games in charge.
There is still a long way to go but the Gunners boss was happy with what he saw at the Vitality Stadium.
“I knew it was going to be a tough game and we played a …read more
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