Mikel Arteta's men have bounced back from the sour Europa League disappointment and have picked up another valuable win to advance to the last 8 of the FA Cup. With the FA Cup being the Gunners only hope of silverware this term a rather young Arsenal side have picked up a vital win which will see them progress into the Last 8 of the FA Cup. This is how it all unfolded,
The First Half
Arsenal walked out of the tunnel at Fratton Park hoping to get a win against an in-form Portsmouth side. This did not look the case early on with Pompey dominating the play for the majority of the first half. Portsmouth had a few early chances with Marcus Harness causing the Arsenal defence a lot of problems. Arsenal had a giant-killing on the cards with Portsmouth playing so well that Arsenal only managed to register their first shot 20 minutes deep into the game. Arsenal picked up a corner early into stoppage time in the first half Reiss Nelson whipped the ball in and no one got on the end of it but then he received the ball again crossing it in and allowing Sokratis to score a goal on the brink of half time.
The Second Half
Arsenal came out refreshed after the half time break and we saw a completely different side to what we saw in the first half, Arsenal did not crumble under pressure and had a very professional second half, with Eddie Nketiah grabbing his third goal for the Gunners this season. After this goal Arsenal had a very solid defensive performance with new boy Pablo Mari putting in a fantastic shift to keep a clean sheet for Arsenal.
Stand Out Performances
Arsenal worked well as team tonight but also had many good performances from individuals. Reiss Nelson had a fantastic game picking up 2 assists, the young man illustrated how well he can push Arsenal forward with his lovely skill, bursting sprints and fantastic end product. Pablo Mari also had a great performance, he is very composed on and off the ball which is exactly what Arsenal need! Pablo's counterpart Luiz also produced another great performance as he has been doing since the arrival of Mikel Arteta.
Do Arsenal have a chance at FA Cup glory?
The Gunners will be wanting to go all the way to Wembley and leave victorious which would be a good way to end such a dull season but with Man City and Liverpool favourites can the Gunners do it? I wouldn't write them off they may have some passion for a trophy and go all the way!