Eddie Nketiah and Sokratis on target as Arsenal beat Portsmouth 2-0 in the Fifth Round of Emirate FA Cup at Fratton Park on Monday night.
Mikel Arteta made nine changes to the team dumped out of the Europa League last week, with only David Luiz and Bukayo Saka retaining their places in the starting line-up.
that meant an Arsenal debut for Pablo Mari, the Spanish central defender signed on loan from Flamengo during the January transfer window.
Pompey played well in the first half but trailed to Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ volley from Reiss Nelson’s cross just before the break before Eddie Nketiah bundled home from close range from another Nelson cross to wrap up the victory six minutes after the restart.
Pompey’s only shot on target came in the second half, with substitute Ronan Curtis’ effort saved.Arsenal are now in the quarter-finals for the first time in three seasons, with the last-eight draw taking place on Wednesday evening.