A rather youthful Arsenal side breezed past Portmouth 2-0 in their FA Cup fifth round clash at Fratton Park.
Goals from Sokratis and Eddie Nketiah were enough for the Gunners to get their name in the hat for the quarter-final draw of the famous competition.
After a disappointing loss to Olympiakos on Thursday night, Mikel Arteta went with a much-changed lineup, naming seven players who were under 23 years of age in his squad.
Initially, it seemed as though the move might have backfired when Portsmouth made a bright start to the game.
However, just before half-time, a Reiss Nelson driven cross was turned in expertly by Sokratis to help settle any nerves.
A few minutes after the break, the aforementioned assist provider put in another great cross for Nketiah to poach home at the near post.
Thereafter, Arsenal had the control of the game and saw things out very well.
Here’s how we rated the Gunners players:
Emiliano Martinez - 6
Looked a bit uncomfortable when crosses were coming into the box in the first half, but he just about dealt with them.
Had a better second half, where his distribution was good and he made some easy saves too.
Sokratis - 7
Starting at right-back, Sokratis struggled a bit in the first half-hour of the game.
He grew into the match and sorted things out at the back thereafter.
The defender’s technique to score the opening goal was world-class.
Pablo Mari - 8
Had a slightly uncomfortable start to the game, but didn’t take long to get into his stride and dictate the back-line.
Keeping in mind that this was his first senior Arsenal game, that was an exceptional outing.
David Luiz - 6
Just like other defenders, Luiz also went through a sticky patch in the first half-hour of the game.
The Brazilian settled down after that and had a decent match.
Bukayo Saka - 8
Another match where Saka looked extremely comfortable going forward and his work off the ball was good in this game too. He is slowly making that left-back position his own.
Lucas Torreira - 6
Started the game well but had to be stretchered off inside 20 minutes as he was on the end of a nasty challenge.
Matteo Guendouzi - 7
Despite losing his midfield partner early on, Guendouzi was a picture of calm on the ball and covered a lot of ground to help the team without possession.
Got a silly yellow card for acting like a bit of a brat in front of the referee!
Reiss Nelson - 9
Nelson provided both of the assists in this game and looked very sharp in the final third.
His pace and directness with the ball made it difficult for the Portsmouth defenders to deal with him at times.
Subbed off very late on.
Joe Willock - 6
Willock worked hard for the team and got into some good positions in between the lines, but his quality was lacking at times. Subbed off for Granit Xhaka three minutes from time.
Gabriel Martinelli - 6
Had few moments of brightness where he skipped past defenders with ease, but the final ball was missing.
Other than that, a quiet night for the young Brazilian.
Eddie Nketiah - 7
Nketiah initially struggled to get into the game with Portsmouth defenders marking him well.
He came into his own with clever movements thereafter, one of which led to him scoring the second Arsenal goal.
(SUB) Dani Ceballos - 7
Came on very early with Torreira injured and handled the midfield battle well.
The Spaniard’s guile on the ball was on display throughout.
(SUB) Granit Xhaka - N/A
Came on in the 87th minute and didn’t have much time to impact the game.
(SUB) Ainsley Maitland-Niles - N/A
Came on in the 91st minute.