Arsenal beat Portsmouth 2-0 and are the first team into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup
It was not an earth-shattering performance and it was not a bad one either. Arsenal did enough to defeat League One side Portsmouth without too much worry and the quest for silverware this season goes on.
It was a very much changed side from the one that lost to Olympiacos and the players never let themselves or the club down in what was a banana skin of a game.
Arsenal player ratings
Martinez – 7
Looked nervy early doors but settled and did not really have too much to do.
Sokratis – 8
Scored a goal and despite being played out of position had a decent game
Mari – 7
Decent debut and hard to really judge considering the opponents but did look good overall.
Luiz – 7
Solid game, never really tested and even headed the ball a couple of times
Saka – 7
Always looked lively and another one that had a solid game.
Guendouzi – 7
Picked up a silly booking but other than that played well.
Torreira – 5
I am giving him the standard mark because he came off early with an injury
Willock – 5
Was not really impressed with him to be honest, he had an opportunity to shine here and never took it.
Nelson – 8
My man of the match, made both goals and if he can transfer this sort of performance to the Premier League and be consistent with it then he is a star in the making.
Martinelli – 8
Had a very good game, was a constant thorn in the Portsmouth side all game, massive amount of energy.
Nketiah – 8
Scored a goal and did what was asked of him, which he is doing on a regular basis now. Must surely be prefered to Lacazette now.
Ceballos – 7
Thought he did quite well when he came on for Torreira. He has to do it against the big teams more often though.
Xhaka – 5
Average ratings because of lack of time on the pitch
Maitland-Niles – 5
Same as Xhaka.
Arteta – 8
Made the big call with wholesale changes and it worked.
Good to see that we bounced straight back after the Europa League Cup defeat, glad that Mikel refreshed the team and rested all the big guns, so that they will be fresh for the game against West Ham Saturday.
Martinez was a bit nervy when the game started but grew into soon.Was more commanding than leno and i feel sometimes ge overdoes it.Didnt have much to do.
Saka,martinelli were a bit off.Immense workrate but just a bit off.
Sokratis was beaten for pace quite a few times but i think he was played there to cover the aerial threat.And that was a superb goal.
Mari was good yesterday.His distribution was good and he carried his defensive duties well enough.
Luiz’s positioning and tackling leaves him in danger sometimes and i still thi k he needs to improve.But he did well aerially yesterday.
Ceballos and guendouzi played well.Both when started were sloppy but soon grew into the game.
Nketiah is a star in the making.
Nelson had a good game and if he can improve his pace he has potential to be a top winger real soon.
Willock didnt have a bad game but he needs to work on many things if he is to play in the 10.His driving runs are superb though.I dont know if anybody noticed but willock has some aspects in hus play similar to ozil in recent times.He is learning.And i alsi believe we should understand what MA requests from his no.10s without going after them every single time they didnt have an assist or goal.If not then MA must be crazy to say he is pleased with ozil,willock can be a fantastic no.10 sort of things.
How about comparing Wilock to Smith Rowe in 10s
If Arteta has learned anything from yesterday’s win it will be the wisdom of playing a naturally right footed player on the right wing. Both goals came from crosses from Nelson, on the run, which gave defenders little chance to regroup.Compare this with the situation with the inverted wing play of Pepe, who invariably has to turn back on to his good foot to cross.Play him on the left with the instruction to take on his man and cross on the run ,and he will start justifying his transfer fee.Nelson has real ability and has to get the chance to demonstrate his talent.
Ahh but grandad- this means we play with wingers who are not “inverted”. It’s just not the way the game is played anymore is it?
Totally agree with you Grandad👍
Nelson, Martinelli and Sokratis made a difference.
Willock gave the ball away 22 times.
Surely Guendouzi should get another point just for winding Mike Dean up?!