First-half goals from youngsters Bukayo Saka and Eddie Nketiah were enough to seal Arsenal’s progression in a deserved 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, to seal their path to the FA Cup fourth round.
If there is any indication that Mikel Arteta is putting his stamp on Arsenal, this FA Cup clash will tell you all you need to know about the new gunners.
Arteta’s side littered with youngsters took just five minutes to get their noses in front, producing a 22-pass move in the build-up, which resulted in Bukayo Saka lashing one in off the crossbar.
Brazilian sensation Gabriel Martinelli was credited for the assist as he continues his impressive form for the gunners.
It didn’t the young gunners long to double their advantage against a submissive Bournemouth side, who were virtually surrendering possession in the first half.
Eddie Nketiah had a hand in the build-up play before finishing off Saka’s cross to grab his side’s second with a low, placed shot past Mark Travers.
Youngster Eddie Nketiah was handed a surprise start for Arsenal — his first in over a year — and showed just what he’s capable of.
Bournemouth rallied in the second half, and put Arsenal under considerable pressure, but the visitors managed to hold on, despite Sam Surridge’s injury time goal making for a tense finish.
Arsenal’s defensive woes have been plunged into further crisis following an injury to Shkodran Mustafi against Bournemouth.
The German centre-back has been a regular selection in Arsenal’s side in recent weeks, but now looks to be facing a spell on the sidelines after being carried off on a stretcher.
Their clash at the Vitality Stadium followed on from the draw for the next stage, with a trip to Portsmouth now awaiting the Gunners.