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Even their back-ups are internationals - Pompey man expecting tough test against Arsenal
Sunday, 1st Mar 2020 22:13 by staff

Tom Naylor is urging his Pompey team-mates to 'enjoy the occasion' when Arsenal come to Fratton Park for Monday night's FA Cup fifth round tie - and is not ruling out an upsey.

The midfielder, one of the Blues' most consistent performers this season, will lead the team out againsst Mikel Arteta's man and reckons the visitors will have to adapt to conditions they are not used to playing in.

Naylor told the Pompey website: 'It’s going to be tough – there’s no doubt about that – and we just have to make sure we give it our all on the night. Our ground is a fortress and the atmosphere is crazy. I’m sure it’s something that our opponents will have to adapt to.

'Who knows what can happen – our form at Fratton Park is brilliant – but we just have to enjoy the occasion. I watched Arsenal the other night and the front four were absolutely frightening, while they have a lot of experience.

'You don’t know what sort of side they’re going to put out, but even their back-up players are internationals. We take every game as it comes and the league is our priority, while these cup ties are an added bonus.

'We’re into the fifth round to play Arsenal and we’re also going to Wembley for a final – just as we did last season. It’s massive for this club and it would be fantastic if we could get through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.'


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