Confirmed line-ups: Portsmouth vs Arsenal – Mari makes debut, Nelson also starts

By on March 2, 2020

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Arsenal take on Portsmouth at Fratton Park in the fifth round of the FA Cup tonight.

Mikel Arteta has made some changes from the side that lost to Olympiacos in the Europa League last week as Pablo Mari makes his debut alongside David Luiz in the middle of defence.  It looks like Sokratis will start at right-back with Bukayo Saka keeping his place at left-back.

Mesut Ozil is rested so Joe Willock starts in the attacking midfield role. Gabriel Martinelli and Reiss Nelson come in to support Eddie Nketiah with Alexandre Lacazette and Nicolas Pepe dropping to the bench. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is rested completely.

Emi Martinez starts in goal with Bernd Leno on the bench while Lucas Torreira joins Matteo Guendouzi in midfield. Granit Xhaka and Dani Ceballos are named among the subs.

Here are the line-ups for the game:


Bass; McCrorie, Bolton, Burgess, Seddon; Close; McGeehan; Williams, Evans, Harness; Harrison

Subs: MacGillivray, Raggett, Whatmough, Naylor, Cannon, Marquis, Curtis


Martinez; Sokratis, Luiz, Mari, Saka; Guendouzi, Torreira; Nelson, Willock, Martinelli; Nketiah

Subs: Leno, Maitland-Niles, Holding, Xhaka, Ceballos, Pepe, Lacazette.

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