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FA Cup: Arsenal Signings In Line To Feature vs Portsmouth

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Arsenal signings Pablo Mari and Kieran Tierney are in line to feature for the Gunners during their FA Cup fifth round clash at English League One side Portsmouth on Monday night.

The Gunners will do battle with the South Coast club for a place in the FA Cup quarterfinals for this season.

Arsenal and Portsmouth have both won the FA Cup before now. The Gunners are the most successful team in the history of the competition with 14 titles.

Mikel Arteta gave a hint about his starting XI for the game during his pre-match press conference last week.

According to the Arsenal manager, Pablo Mari and Kieran Tierney will most likely feature for Arsenal at Portsmouth.

Spanish centre back Pablo Mari has played for the Arsenal u23s on some occasions since he signed for the club during the January winter transfer market.

He signed for the Gunners on loan from Brazilian Serie A giants Flamengo for the rest of the season as the North London giants brought in cover in his department as a result of the long-term injury to Calum Chambers.

Arsenal paid around €4m for the loan deal with the option to make it permanent for another €8m this summer when his loan spell comes to an end.

During his last press conference, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told reporters that Pablo Mari is pushing for a start and that he could feature against Portsmouth as he bids to lead the Gunners to the last eight of the FA Cup for the first time since they won the competition for the last time in 2017.

On Kieran Tierney who was signed from Celtic in a £25m at the start of the season, Mikel Arteta said a decision would be made on his availability for the Portsmouth game.

He has been out for almost three months because of a shoulder problem. Kieran Tierney has had an injury-hit first season at Arsenal.

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