Arsenal beats Bournemouth 2-1 to progress to next stage of FA Cup

Arsenal beats Bournemouth 2-1 to progress to next stage of FA Cup

- Bournemouth versus Arsenal's FA Cup clash saw the Gunners bounce back to winning ways

- Bukayo Saka and Edward Nketiah scored a goal each to hand the visitors the victory after the match

- The North Londoners continue their Premier League campaign against Burnley at Turf Moor this weekend

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Arsenal is through to the next stage of this year's FA Cup championship following their 2-1 win over fellow Premier League side Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Two first-half goals from Bukayo Saka and Edward Nketiah were all the Gunners needed to claim their first win in their last four encounters.

The north Londoners needed just five minutes to find the back of the net after the 18-year-old fired home an unstoppable shot from close range into the home team's net.

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Despite being fielded in the wing-back position, Saka overlapped well enough to support his side's attack which helped them mount more pressure on their hosts.

The build-up to the goal saw so many touches but it was Brazilian youngster Gabriel Martinelli who laid the final pass for the goalscorer in the 5th minute.

Mikel Arteta's men continued their bright start to the game as they searched for more goals but their efforts failed to pay off until the 28th minute when Nketiah grabbed his side's second.

The 20-year-old England star had no issues putting Bukayo Saka's superb low cross into the back of the net.

The north Londoners enjoyed much of the possession in the game despite resting some of their key players for the meeting.

Nicolas Pepe was a thorn in the flesh for the home team as the Ivorian winger tormented Bournemouth's defenders in the early parts of the meeting.

Arsenal was unable to keep a clean sheet as Sam Surridge's goal reduced his side's deficit in extra-time.

His goal was unable to stop the hosts from crashing out of the competition as the away team ran off with 2-1 victory.

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Arteta's men will also continue their quest to finish strong in the Premier League this weekend when they battle Burnley at the Turf Moor.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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