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FA Cup: Arsenal wins; Huddersfield out

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A day-long journey in the FA Cup came to its conclusion via five 12:30 p.m. ET kickoffs on Saturday.

[ ROUNDUPS: 7:30 a.m. ET kicks | 10 a.m. ]


Newcastle United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers

Elliott Bennett found Bradley Deck for an early second half header, and the visitors were on the path to a victory. But substitute Ayoze Perez won a late penalty which Matt Ritchie converted to save Newcastle blushes.

Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal

Joe Willock scored a pair of first-half goals for the Gunners, and that’s all the North Londoners needed in front of a protesting, half-empty Bloomfield Road. Alex Iwobi scored late to make it 3-0.

Full scoreboard in the FA Cup

Tranmere Rovers 0-7 Tottenham Hotspur — Friday
Manchester United 2-0 Reading
West Ham United 2-0 Birmingham City
Bournemouth 1-3 Brighton and Hove Albion
Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Luton Town
Shrewsbury Town 1-1 Stoke City
Burnley 1-0 Barnsley
West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Wigan Athletic
Everton 2-1 Lincoln City
Chelsea 2-0 Nottingham Forest
Derby County 2-2 Southampton
Bolton Wanderers 5-2 Walsall
Gillingham 1-0 Cardiff City
Brentford 1-0 Oxford United
Accrington Stanley 1-0 Ipswich Town
Fleetwood Town 2-3 AFC Wimbledon
Middlesbrough 5-0 Peterborough United
Aston Villa 0-3 Swansea City
Newcastle United 1-1 Blackburn Rovers
Crystal Palace 1-0 Grimsby Town
Bristol City 1-0 Huddersfield Town
Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal
Norwich City 0-1 Portsmouth

Still to come
Fulham v. Oldham Athletic — Sunday
Man City v. Rotherham United — Sunday
Millwall v. Hull City — Sunday
Preston North End v. Doncaster Rovers — Sunday
Sheffield United v. Barnet — Sunday
Queens Park Rangers v. Leeds United — Sunday
Woking v. Watford — Sunday
Newport County v. Leicester City — Sunday
Wolves v. Liverpool — Monday

Emery praises Arsenal teen: “His personality is very important”

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Unai Emery played the kids in Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday at the Emirates Stadium, as the Gunners claimed the top spot in their group.

[ RECAP: Arsenal 1-0 Qarabag ]

Bukayo Saka, Carl JenkinsonJoe WillockEddie Nketiah, and Zech Medley all got meaningful playing time for the Gunners, and Emery specifically liked Saka (17).

Emery, like Arsene Wenger, believes very much in getting experiencefor his kids.

From The London Evening Standard:

“We have a responsibility to every young player to give them chances to train with us,” Emery told Standard Sport. “We are very demanding of ourselves in his performance. We give them these chances in the games like today when we can do that. They show us positive things in every match.

“Today Saka played with a good performance, with a very big personality. We were speaking at half-time, they were trying one-on-one against the opposition. Not every action was good for us but his personality is very important, continuing in the second half to try to do one-on-ones and break lines with his quality.”

Will anyone have made enough of an impact to get some time in the Premier League? We’ll see, but remember that this Gunners system has sent Reiss Nelson on loan to Hoffenheim.

Also, to put this in perspective: Saka was born six days before Sept. 11, 2001. This class of youngster in the Arsenal system is coming, and coming fast.

Watch Live: Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

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Arsenal’s first away Premier League match in more than a month sees Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette together up top in a visit to Newcastle United at St. James’ Park (Watch live at 8:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Joe Willock, 18, will make his Premier League debut in his 10th senior appearance for the Gunners.

WATCH LIVE, ONLINE, HERE

Newcastle’s XI is as it’s been for some time, the Magpies unbeaten at home in 2018 and seeking a fourth-straight win.

LINEUPS

Newcastle United: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Gayle. Subs: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden, Murphy, Slimani, Joselu.

Arsenal: Cech; Chambers, Mustafi, Holding, Monreal, Elneny, Xhaka, Willock, Iwobi, Aubemayang, Lacazette. Subs: Ospina, Maitland-Niles, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Nelson, Welbeck, Nketiah.