Arteta thrilled with his ‘kids’

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

Bournemout­h – Mikel Arteta hailed Arsenal’s “hun­gry” young­sters af­ter Bukayo Saka (above) and Ed­die Nke­tiah fired their side into the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-1 win against Bournemout­h on Mon­day.

Arteta turned to youth as Dean Court, Saka, Nke­tiah and Joe Wil­lock re­paid the Arsenal man­ager’s faith with in­flu­en­tial dis­plays that se­cured a trip to third-tier Portsmouth.

Saka gave Arsenal an early lead as the 18-year-old full-back bagged his third goal of the sea­son with a su­perb strike.

Nke­tiah got the sec­ond be­fore the in­ter­val to en­sure Arteta took an­other step to­wards em­u­lat­ing his FA Cup tri­umphs as an Arsenal player in 2014 and 2015.

Sam Sur­ridge got one back for Bournemout­h in the clos­ing min­utes.

“I’m very pleased. Al­ways tough to come here and win, we’ve done it with a young team as well,” Arteta said.

“I have a lot of faith in them. I think they are de­vel­op­ing re­ally well. They are will­ing and hun­gry and will only get bet­ter.”

Lan­guish­ing in 10th place in the Pre­mier League af­ter fail­ing to win any of their last three games, this was a wel­come boost for Arteta as Arsenal built on their hard-fought draw at Chelsea last week.

It was Arsenal’s third win in eight matches un­der Arteta in all com­pe­ti­tions, with just one de­feat in that run.

It was not all plain sail­ing by the sea­side for Arteta, who added: “We scored two fan­tas­tic goals, but af­ter that we be­came a lit­tle bit sloppy and I didn’t like that very much.”

Arteta’s first match in charge of Arsenal was a 1-1 Pre­mier League draw at Bournemout­h in De­cem­ber, but his team looked far more ac­com­plished this time, even with­out sev­eral key play­ers.

With Pierre-Em­er­ick Aubameyang still sus­pended, 18-year-old striker Gabriel Martinelli, who has scored in their last two league matches, started for Arsenal. – AFP

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.