Arsenal’s reward for beating Bournemouth 2-1 this evening is another trip to the South Coast after we were drawn away at League One Portsmouth in the FA Cup 5th round.
The last time we played Pompey at Fratton Park, Arsene Wenger’s Invincibles notched a ridiculously impressive 5-1 win.
We played so well that night that when Patrick Vieira, Freddie Ljungberg and Thierry Henry were taken off in a triple substitution – the latter two having grabbed a brace each – they were given a standing ovation by the home supporters.
We’ve faced Portsmouth on three other occasions in the FA Cup; we beat them after a replay in 1971 on the way to the Double and in 1932.
The match will take place between 3-6 March, sandwiched between matches with Manchester City and West Ham.
The City game could actually be postponed if they make the final of the Carabao Cup.