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Arsenal could recall Miguel Azeez from Portsmouth loan in January 0

Posted on September 08, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal Academy player Miguel Azeez joined Portsmouth on a season-long loan late in August. At the age of 18, the versatile midfielder obviously needs regular game-time to aid his development.

However, as reported by¬†football.london, the club have made sure the agreement includes an option for them to recall the youngster in January, should they need to. Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey are both set to miss a number of games that month, and possibly in February as well, due to the involvement of their national teams in the African Cup of Nations, and in that period, Mikel Arteta’s ranks in the middle of the park could be stretched thin. That could open the door to Azeez being given a first-team chance at the Emirates.

Arteta reflects on Portsmouth FA Cup win – part 2 0

Posted on March 03, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On Sokratis at right back:
He moans a little bit because it is not his position! But for certain games, he is very helpful and he always has the right attitude and he has the qualities to play there in essential moments when we need him.

On giving Sokratis a lot of instructions from the side:
Yes, sometimes you need to interpret that when we have the ball it is a little bit different for him to use the spaces like he should do in relation to what the opponents are doing, but in general I think he is doing really well.

Arteta reflects on Portsmouth FA Cup win – part 1 0

Posted on March 03, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal are the first team to progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a comfortable 2-0 win over Portsmouth last night. Goals from Sokratis and Nketiah ensured that the Gunners were able to bounce back from their disappointing Europa League exit, and after the game, manager Mikel Arteta spoke to the media about the importance of the win.

On the performance:
To come here, to this stadium, with seven under-23 players, and to dominate completely is a little bit unrealistic but we went through that moment [at the start] and after that we started to take the ball and play in the opposition half and dominate the situation much better. We scored the goals and should have scored more.

Arteta looks ahead to Portsmouth FA Cup tie – part 2 0

Posted on March 02, 2020 by Harry Kettle

On Bukayo Saka and if he thinks he might get an England call-up:
I don’t know. He deserves a lot of credit for the way he is playing, because he is playing with a lot of courage as well. You could see the other night that in difficult moments he wanted to make an impact and he wanted to make risky decisions to try to generate goals. And that’s been him. He’s been very consistent with his performance, which at that age normally is not a common thing, but yes, I’m really pleased with him.

Arteta looks ahead to Portsmouth FA Cup tie – part 1 0

Posted on March 02, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta needed to get his side over the disappointment of the loss to Olympiakos this past weekend and re-focus their attention on the upcoming clash against Portsmouth in the FA Cup. In doing so, he spoke with the media about what fans should expect.

On the reaction of the players:
Well we trained today. We are all very down, frustrated, disappointed, but my message to them was that I am right behind them. I thanked them for the effort they put into the game, for the attitude and the personality they played with and the way they reacted after we conceded the goal. We tried, tried and tried again and completely deserved to win the game but there were aspects of the game that we have to dominate better if we want to keep competing at that level.

Arsenal face Portsmouth in FA Cup fifth round 0

Posted on January 29, 2020 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal will take a look at the current field in the FA Cup and think that they’ve got a decent enough chance of making their way to the semi-finals, at the very least, and from that point on, all bets are off. Of course, they’ve got to take things one step at a time, and their next step will come at Fratton Park in the fifth round of the competition.

They’ll go head to head with Portsmouth with a place in the quarter-finals being at stake in what should be an intriguing test. Pompey have a history in the FA Cup and they’re on the rise in League One, making a serious push for promotion.

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