Youngsters Lift Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round

Arsenal youngsters were very much to the fore as two first-half goals booked Arsenal a  place in the FA Cup fifth round, and a trip to Fratton Park.

Youngsters Lift Arsenal into FA Cup fifth round

It was a night to remember for those young guns as all of them had a really good game and it was very pleasing that both goal scorers are Hale end products.

Left-back Saka and striker Eddie Nketiah netted inside 26 minutes as Arsenal’s much-changed line-up made a dominant start and fought off a late Bournemouth rally to secure a tie against third-tier Portsmouth back on the south coast.

All 10 outfield players were involved in the build-up of the first goal, which consisted of 22 passes in all.

Arsenal continued to make all the running after taking the lead and deservedly doubled their advantage with another well-worked goal, again with the youngsters heavily involved.

Willock sprayed a fantastic long pass out to Saka in space on the left flank, his low cross was behind Martinelli, but perfectly into the path of 20-year-old Eddie Nketiah, who tucked home from six yards.

VAR checked for a possible offside against Martinelli’s kneecap, but the goal stood, and Arsenal had some breathing space.

Sam Surridge scored in the fourth minute of added time to set up a nervous finale for the visitors but Bournemouth could not find an equalizer and are left to focus on the battle for Premier League survival.

In FA cup fifth round Arsenal will have to face Portsmouth.

The ties will be played in the week commencing March 3.

FA Cup fifth round draw:
Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester City
Reading/Cardiff City v Sheffield United
Chelsea v Shrewsbury Town/Liverpool
West Bromwich Albion v Newcastle United/Oxford United
Leicester City v Coventry City/Birmingham City
Northampton Town/Derby County v Manchester United
Southampton/Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City
Portsmouth v Arsenal.

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