VIDEO: Mikel Arteta faced the media ahead of Arsenal’s Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie with Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Monday evening

Portsmouth v Arsenal – Preview:

Courtesy of The Press Bureau, Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, spoke ahead of the Gunners Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie with Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

Arteta will be keen to see a response from his side following their UEFA Europa League exit. The North Londoners have a historic bond with the world’s oldest knockout cup competition: “It’s really special,” the Spaniard explained. 

“It’s probably one of the nicest games of the season when you play the final day. In England at Wembley, nice weather, an incredible atmosphere and it’s a trophy that we very much link with our history.

“We want to continue to be attached to that knowing that on Monday night, at Portsmouth, it will be tough.”

Portsmouth v Arsenal – Head to head

Portsmouth won: 15

Drawn: 24

Arsenal won: 32

Portsmouth v Arsenal – Last five meetings (all competitions):

December 28, 2008 – Premier League

Arsenal 1-0 Portsmouth

May 2, 2009 – Premier League

Portsmouth 0-3 Arsenal

August 22, 2009 – Premier League

Arsenal 4-1 Portsmouth

December 30, 2009 – Premier League

Portsmouth 1-4 Arsenal

December 4, 2018 – leasing.com Trophy

Portsmouth 2-1 Arsenal 

Jeevesie’s prediction: Portsmouth 0-3 Arsenal

Courtesy of The Press Bureau, Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, spoke ahead of the Gunners Emirates FA Cup fifth-round tie with Portsmouth at Fratton Park


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