Joe Gallen excited for Portsmouth's FA Cup tie against 'superpowers' Arsenal after they defeat Bournemouth

Joe Gallen is relishing Pompey hosting ‘superpowers’ Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Monday, 27th January 2020, 9:31 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 10:08 pm

The Blues will welcome the Premier League heavyweights to Fratton Park in the fifth round of the historic competition.

The Gunners beat Bournemouth 2-1 at Dean Court tonight to set up a meeting with Pompey for the first time since 2009. The clash will take place the week commencing Monday, March 2.

Kenny Jackett’s side will be aiming for a giant killing against Mikael Arteta’s men in front of what will almost certainly be a sold-out PO4 crowd.

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And while they’ll be heavy underdogs, Gallen is looking forward to the Blues pitting their wits against the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.

The assistant manager: ‘It'll be a brilliant event a Premier League team coming to Fratton Park and we are excited with the draw.

‘The thing to be said is that there is a big jump in English football between the leagues.

‘The jump from League One to the Championship is massive and then there is a massive jump from the Championship into the Premier League.

Pompey assistant boss Joe Gallen. Picture: Joe Pepler

‘We’re coming up against a massive step-up in class and hopefully we can do ourselves justice on the night.

‘Arsenal are one of the superpowers of English football and it will be fantastic to get such a big team down to Fratton Park.

‘We look forward to it and on the night, we hope we can do ourselves justice, but it’s going to be a tall order.

‘A home tie is always good for us. There is a lot of travelling in this league and it’s great to get a home tie.’

Pompey have defeated Harrogate, Altrincham, Fleetwood and Barnsley in the FA Cup so far.