Arsenal set up an FA Cup fifth-round tie at League One Portsmouth; after holding on for a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Bournemouth.
The Gunners did not waste any time getting into their stride at the Vitality Stadium; as Bukayo Saka (5) finished an excellent team move to give his side the lead before Eddie Nketiah (26); making his first start since returning from a loan spell at Leeds, doubled Mikel Arteta’s side’s advantage.
After the break, Bournemouth searched for a way back into the game with Jack Simpson and Dan Gosling both going close.
They were eventually handed a lifeline; when substitute Sam Surridge scored in the fourth minute of eight additional minutes.
Eddie Howe’s side did have one final opportunity to force a replay, but Lewis Cook’s drive failed to test goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as the Gunners held on to extend their unbeaten run to six matches in all competitions.
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Arsenal now have a trip to Fratton Park to look forward to next month, while Bournemouth, who are 18th in the Premier League, must turn their attention to securing their top-flight status.
Meanwhile, midfielder Mesut Ozil has congratulated Mikel Arteta’s young team after they beat Bournemouth 2-1.
Arteta gave young players a chance to impress at the Vitality Stadium. Consequently, the Gunners boss was rewarded as his side beat their fellow Premier League side.
Homegrown youngsters Bukayo Saka, 18, and Eddie Nketiah, 20, struck to secure victory over Eddie Howe’s struggling Bournemouth.