FA Cup: Arteta names two key players in Arsenal Portsmouth defeat

Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has named two players that worked extra hard to ensure his side beat Portsmouth 2-0 in the FA Cup fifth-round on Monday night.

Arsenal defeated Portsmouth at Fratton Park, thanks to two goals from Sokratis and Eddie Nketiah.

Arteta, notwithstanding, reserved special praise for defender, Pablo Mari, and striker, Eddie Nketiah.

He said Mari was extremely vocal and comfortable against the host during the encounter, while Nketiah was phenomenal.

“I think Mari looked agreeable,” Arteta said after the game as cited by Arsenal’s official site.

“He’s extremely vocal and truly comfortable on the ball, he always commands the back four, and he looked like he has played here for months.

“I think we have a good player.”

“Nketiah has been remarkable,” Arteta included.

“The workrate that Nketiah places in, the rhythm that he goes into pressing, his understanding of the game when to come and when to go in behind – and always in front of goal, he is ready to score.”