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Arteta's methods taking hold as young guns fire

AP/Bournemouth
Filed on January 28, 2020
Bournemouth's defender Nathan Ake (left) vies with Arsenal's striker Eddie Nketiah during the English FA Cup fourth round match. - AFP

It is a month since Arteta took charge of his first game as Arsenal manager - in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Dec. 26 - and a return to Vitality Stadium gave an indication of the team's progress under the Spaniard.

Arsenal's youngsters turned on the style in scoring two flowing team goals in a 2-1 win over Bournemouth that secured a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

The methods of recently hired manager Mikel Arteta looked to be taking hold as 18-year-old left back Bukayo Saka finished off a sweeping, 22-pass move with a thunderous shot in off the crossbar in the fifth minute.

More great passing and movement ended with 20-year-old striker Eddie Nketiah, who recently returned to the club after a loan spell at second-tier Leeds, stroking in a close-range finish in the 26th.

Substitute Sam Surridge set up a tense finish with a goal for Bournemouth in the fourth minute of second-half injury time, but Arsenal held on to book a last-16 match against third-tier Portsmouth in early March.

It is a month since Arteta took charge of his first game as Arsenal manager - in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Dec. 26 - and a return to Vitality Stadium gave an indication of the team's progress under the Spaniard.

The evidence suggests things are looking up for the north London club, which didn't even need its two star strikers - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (suspended) and Alexandre Lacazette (unused substitute) - to get past its fellow Premier League side.

Arteta also rested important first-teamers such as midfielders Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil and goalkeeper Bernd Leno, choosing to field a young side that especially impressed in the first half.


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