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Jackett: An Exciting Occasion

Boss looking forward to Arsenal test

1 March 2020

Kenny Jackett

Pompey’s promotion quest takes a brief pause on Monday night when attention switches to the FA Cup.

Kenny Jackett’s side will be looking to cause an almighty upset by beating Premier League giants Arsenal at Fratton Park.

You have to go all the way back to 1958 to find the last time victory was secured against the Gunners.

But Jackett is excited by the challenge of facing a side who have lifted the famous old trophy on a record 13 occasions.

The Blues boss said: “We’re playing against one of the genuinely big clubs in this country – one with a lot of history and tradition.

“It’s a great game for us and we’re all looking forward to it because they don’t come around too often.

"We’re playing against one of the genuinely big clubs in this country – one with a lot of history and tradition."

Kenny Jackett

“So of course you have to be enthusiastic and I certainly am, while I know the supporters will feel exactly the same.

“It’s going to be a different type of test for us and we have to address it as such with the way we approach the tie.

“The players are no different to me and their biggest aim will be to get into the Championship. That’s our focus.

“But we know everyone will want to be involved in a one-off game like this in front of the television cameras.

“There will be a national focus on us for this fixture and that’s great – hopefully we can have many more like that.”

Former Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta is currently in charge at Emirates Stadium after being appointed back in December.

Jackett said: “He’s been a top quality player and also a top quality coach, while now he’s made a successful move into management. It looks as though he’s imposing a really good style on the club.”


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