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Match Preview: Pompey v Arsenal

Everything you need to know about Emirates FA Cup contest

2 March 2020

Pompey v Arsenal

The League One promotion bid gets put briefly to one side this evening, as Pompey continue their Emirates FA Cup adventure.

Harrogate Town, Altrincham, Fleetwood and Barnsley have already been seen off by Kenny Jackett’s men.

But it is a different proposition at Fratton Park tonight, with Premier League giants Arsenal the opposition.

They head to the south coast after suffering extra-time heartache to exit the Europa League at the hands of Olympiakos on Thursday.

But the Gunners have been able to rest up over the weekend, with Manchester City in Wembley action to postpone their scheduled league meeting.

Mikel Arteta’s troops have only had to progress past two round to get to this stage, beating Leeds and Bournemouth.

Their focus will, like the Blues, be on trying to climb the table, with the Londoners currently sitting 10th in the top-flight standings.

Pompey have not faced Arsenal since their final Premier League campaign in 2009/10 and were beaten 4-1 in both meetings.

In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1958 to find their last success – an incredible 5-4 triumph that included a Johnny Gordon brace.

The winners of this evening’s contest will be ball number eight in Wednesday’s draw for the quarter-finals.

Ellis Harrison’s return from a dead leg on Friday means that Pompey currently have an empty treatment room.

Bryn Morris is the only member of the squad not in contention, as he continues to slowly build his fitness following a long-term groin problem.

Arsenal will definitely be without the injured duo of Calum Chambers (knee) and Sead Kolasinac (shoulder).

The Londoners also have doubts over Shkodran Mustafi (muscle), Cedric Soares (knee) and Kieran Tierney (shoulder).

Read the thoughts of Kenny Jackett and Tom Naylor or watch the below video.

Pompey: 14 wins
Arsenal: 32 wins
24 draws

At Fratton Park
Pompey: 8 wins
Arsenal: 13 wins
15 draws

Fratton Park is full to capacity for this tie.

Supporters should note that there are no parking spaces available to buy in the North Stand car park this evening.

Referee: Mike Dean
Assistants: Simon Bennett and Edward Smart
Fourth Official: David Coote

Domestic iFollow subscribers can listen to live commentary from Andrew Moon and Danny Rose by signing into their account and visiting the match centre from 7pm this evening.

Please note that there is no live iFollow video coverage of FA Cup games, although audio commentary will be available.

The match has been selected live broadcast on BT Sport, while supporters outside the UK should check local listings to see if the game is being televised in their region.

Click here for more information about using iFollow on a matchday and click here for information on downloading the app, so you can access content on your mobile device.

We will have updates throughout the game on Twitter and the match centre. You can also see behind-the-scenes content on our Instagram story.

There will be post-match reaction on the website, iFollow and our official YouTube channel, with highlights to follow on Tuesday.

Local listeners can hear commentary by tuning in to either Express FM or BBC Radio Solent.

Pompey can be backed at 6/1 with Sky Bet to progress after 90 minutes, while the visitors are the 2/5 favourites.

Click here to read our full betting guide and visit to earn money for the club when you place a bet. Please gamble responsibly.

Games kick-off at 7.45pm unless stated

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Leicester v Birmingham
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Match Reports

Pompey 0 Arsenal 2

Plucky Blues exit the FA Cup at Fratton Park

2 March 2020

Marcus Harness in action for Pompey against Arsenal
Photo: Jo Pepler/PinPep

Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup run was finally ended by Premier League giants Arsenal at a packed Fratton Park.

For much of the first half it looked like a shock could possibly be on the cards, with the hosts proving more than a match for their illustrious opponents.

But Sokratis Papastathopoulos fired the Gunners ahead just seconds before the interval to deflate most of those inside the ground.

Eddie Nketiah then added another goal soon after the restart and the Londoners were able to see the contest out with relative ease.

Kenny Jackett made six changes from the side that eased past Rochdale in the league three nights earlier.

Gareth Evans returned to captain the side, while Ellis Harrison was brought in up front and Marcus Harness on the left wing.

Ben Close was recalled to the midfield engine room and there were starts at the back for Steve Seddon and James Bolton, with the latter handed a rare central role.

Andy Cannon, John Marquis, Ronan Curtis, Tom Naylor and Sean Raggett dropped to the bench, with Lee Brown missing out completely.

But Arsenal were not at full strength either and there was little to separate the sides throughout the first half.

Emiliano Martinez flapped at the ball when Seddon’s deep cross was nodded back into the middle by Harrison.

Marcus Harness was also causing problems with his trickery, although was unable to test the Gunners keeper.

The visitors were forced to make an early change when a robust Bolton challenge left Lucas Torreira writhing on the turf.

He eventually had to be stretchered off the pitch, with Dani Ceballos chosen as the man to replace him.

Harness then had an effort deflected past the post by Pablo Mari after twisting and turning on the edge of the box.

A quickly taken free-kick gave the Blues a chance to break the deadlock, but Evans could only nod wide after racing in to meet Seddon’s delivery.

Arsenal soon had an opportunity of their own, with Gabriel Martinelli unable to guide Reiss Nelson’s firmly-hit centre on target.

There was an amusing moment when Matteo Guendouzi was told to move the ball back for a free-kick.

He theatrically placed the ball down on the turf, but referee Mike Dean was not amused and promptly showed the midfielder a yellow card.

Cameron McGeehan soon followed him into the notebook for an agricultural challenge on Joe Willock.

That earlier injury to Torreira – and the lengthy treatment received – meant there were five minutes added on at the end of the first half.

And Arsenal broke the deadlock in the fourth of them, with Sokratis bursting forward to slam home Nelson’s low cross.

Half Time: Pompey 0 Arsenal 1

Pompey were first to threaten when the action restarted, but Ryan Williams was only able to drag a shot narrowly past the post after escaping a challenge in the box.

But their opponents soon doubled their lead, with Nketiah doing well to find the roof of the net after bundling his way through following good work from Nelson down the right.

Arsenal were looking comfortable and content to keep possession in the centre of the park with a series of intricate passes.

It meant that there was a lot less intensity in the contest, with the Blues struggling to regain possession.

Jackett made a double substitution on 67 minutes, as Harrison and Harness made way for Marquis and Curtis.

And the latter was soon in the action, cutting onto his right foot and drilling in a low shot that was gathered by Martinez.

Pompey then made their third and final change of the night, as stand-in skipper Evans made way for Cannon.

Alex Bass had not been given much to do, but he got his fingertips to Bukayo Saka’s drive and tipped the ball over.

There was still plenty of huff and puff on show from the hosts, as they tried to find a route back into the tie.

Cannon did have an opportunity to reduce the deficit when the ball fell to him inside the box, but could not keep his effort down.

And Arsenal saw the closing stages out with relative ease to book their place in the draw for the quarter-finals.

But it failed to dampen the mood inside Fratton Park, with the home faithful singing about their forthcoming trip to Wembley.

Pompey (4-2-3-1): Bass; McCrorie, Bolton, Burgess, Seddon; McGeehan, Close; Williams, Evans (c) (Cannon 74), Harness (Curtis 67); Harrison (Marquis 67)
Booked: McGeehan
Subs not used: MacGillivray, Whatmough, Raggett, Naylor

Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Martinez; Sokratis, Luiz (c), Mari, Saka; Guendouzi, Torreira (Ceballos 16); Nelson (Maitland-Niles 90+1), Willock (Xhaka 87), Martinelli; Nketiah
Goals: Sokratis 45+4, Nketiah 51
Booked: Guendouzi
Subs not used: Leno, Holding, Pepe, Lacazette

Referee: Mike Dean

Attendance: 18,839 (2,206 away fans)

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Ticket News

Arsenal (H): Date & Ticket Info Confirmed

Secure your seat for FA Cup clash

6 February 2020

Emirates FA Cup

Tickets for Pompey’s Emirates FA Cup clash with Premier League giants Arsenal go on sale this week.

The fifth round tie takes place at Fratton Park on Monday, March 2 (7.45pm kick-off) and will be screened live on BT Sport.

Season ticket holders will be able to purchase their usual seat online here from 7am on Friday.

Those who wish to pay over the phone or in person from the Anson Road ticket office can do so from 9am.

They have until 5pm on Monday, February 10 to secure their seat and any unsold at this point will be released for the next stage of sales.

Members with a previous purchase history* then get the chance to purchase one ticket per person on Tuesday, February 11 (7am for online sales or 9am for phone and ticket office sales).

Tickets will go on sale to any supporter with a previous purchase history* on Wednesday, February 12 (7am for online sales or 9am for phone and ticket office sales).

Please note that only one ticket can be bought per person. For example, if you are a season ticket holder and member, you will only be able to buy one ticket.

*Supporters need to have purchased a ticket in their own name at any point between the start of the 2017/18 season and Sunday, January 26.


The quickest and easiest way to secure your seat is by visiting our eticketing site, with no booking charge for online sales.

Supporters are reminded that they will need to sign into their online account using their Client ID Number. Click here for more details.

Click here for some user guides to buying tickets online.

By phone
Tickets can also be bought by calling the Ticketmaster call centre on 0844 847 1898.

All phone calls will be charged at 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge.

In person
Fans can also visit the Anson Road ticket office, which is open from 9am-5.30pm between Monday and Friday.

The ticket office will also be open from 9am-5.30pm this Saturday (February 8) for season ticket holders to purchase their seat.


Category Price
Adult £26
Senior (65+) £20
Young Person (18-22) £18
Ambulant* £16
Wheelchair User* £15
Junior (2-17) £8

*Includes carer if on the highest rate of DLA or PIP

Please note that juniors under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult, senior or young person.

There will be a £2 booking charge per ticket for all phone sales. There is no booking charge for tickets bought online or from the Anson Road ticket office.

Season ticket holders who buy their seat between 7am on Friday, February 7 and 5pm on Monday, February 10 will have the game loaded onto their season card.

All other tickets purchased online or over the phone will be posted out. There is no print at home or collection option. There is a £1 charge for tickets being posted out.

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