Papa Bouba Diop, a star of Senegal's famous World Cup campaign in 2002, has died. 

Diop, 42, had reportedly been battling a long-term illness. 

The former midfielder played for four different clubs in England, enjoying spells at Fulham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Birmingham City after impressing in France for Lens. 

In a Twitter statement on Sunday, Lens said: "It is with great sadness that Racing Club de Lens have just learned of the passing of their former player Papa Bouba Diop, at the age of 42. 

"We offer our deepest condolences to his loved ones."

Diop is best remembered for helping Senegal to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup 18 years ago. He scored the only goal of the game as they stunned reigning champions France 1-0 in the opening match in Seoul. 

He scored twice more in a 3-3 draw with Uruguay as Senegal progressed from the group stage before beating Sweden in the last 16. 

Their remarkable run was ended by Turkey, who triumphed 1-0 to progress through to the semi-finals. 

Diop began his career in Senegal with ASC Diaraf before playing in Switzerland for Vevey, Neuchatel Xamax and Grasshoppers, winning the Super League title in 2001. 

He also spent a season in Greece with AEK Athens, where he won the Greek Cup in 2010-11, three years after lifting the FA Cup with Portsmouth. 

Diop, who won 63 senior caps for his country, was also part of the team that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2002, where they lost to Cameroon on penalties.

Lucas Torreira is in a brace and will be assessed over the next few days, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has confirmed.

Uruguay midfielder Torreira was injured in the first half of the Gunners' 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park following a strong challenge from James Bolton.

Torreira was taken from the field on a stretcher and Gunners head coach Arteta offered an update after the game.

"Lucas was very sore and is in a brace. He will be assessed in a few days and then we will know more," Arteta told BT Sport.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Eddie Nketiah were on target either side of half-time as Arsenal survived a sluggish opening 45 minutes to ultimately book a comfortable route to the quarter-finals.

Nketiah was one of several youngsters again afforded an opportunity by Arteta, who is enjoying working with the Gunners' fledgling stars.

"I'm really pleased with them [the youngsters]," he added.

"I'm enjoying working with the players. They deserve a chance. It's always a risk but they're worth the risk."

Arteta also praised Reiss Nelson, who was the architect of both of Arsenal's goals.

"We have pace in a few players up front. Reiss [Nelson] is a special player and can eliminate players one-on-one," the Spaniard said.

"He's been out for a while but he's back now and he showed what he's capable of doing."

Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Eddie Nketiah were on target as Arsenal battled for a 2-0 win at League One Portsmouth that booked their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Gunners survived some nervy moments to take an undeserved lead into the break at a noisy Fratton Park thanks to Sokratis' well-taken goal in first-half injury time.

Nketiah then scored for the third time since returning from a loan spell at Leeds United in January early in a far more comfortable second half to end any hopes of an upset from a game Pompey side.

Arsenal, record 13-time FA Cup winners, struggled in the opening exchanges and saw Lucas Torreira taken from the field on a stretcher after a robust challenge from James Bolton.

Gareth Evans wastefully headed wide from Steve Seddon's delivery after 28 minutes before Gabriel Martinelli was unable to direct Reiss Nelson's fizzed cross home from three yards as Arsenal finally threatened.

The breakthrough arrived against the run of play on the stroke of half-time when Sokratis expertly guided in Nelson's low right-wing ball on the volley.

Portsmouth's game was run five minutes after the break when Nelson's ball to the front post found Nketiah, who smashed in from practically on the goalline despite a heavy first touch.

Bukayo Saka tested Alex Bass, who tipped the full-back's drive over for a corner, as Arsenal controlled the second half at a pace akin to a training exercise.


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Nelson a difference maker

It was far from a textbook performance from the visitors, though Nelson's pace and direct running caused Portsmouth trouble down the left channel. He was the architect for the two goals and would have been for another if Martinelli could have adjusted in time to head home his cross.

Arsenal still susceptible defensively

In the end it was job done for Arsenal, but with some better first-half composure from Portsmouth it may have been a different story. Sokratis scored but had a few uncomfortable moments as a makeshift right-back, while David Luiz and debutant Pablo Mari did not always convince as a centre-back pairing. In fairness, the second half was a much-improved showing as Portsmouth struggled to replicate a spirited opening 45 minutes.

What's next?

Arsenal return to Premier League action at home to West Ham on Saturday, while Pompey continue their League One title bid at fellow promotion chasers Peterborough United.

Liverpool have been drawn at home to Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round, while holders Manchester City will start the defence of their title at home to third-tier Port Vale.

The Toffees face Jurgen Klopp's side on Wednesday in the Premier League and will make the short trip to Anfield for a second time this season during the first week of January.

Pep Guardiola's City thumped Watford 6-0 in last season's final and have been given a favourable draw to kick-start their 2019-20 campaign, with John Askey's League Two side pitching up at the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester United face a difficult away tie against Premier League rivals Wolves, who knocked them out of the competition last season's quarter-finals, while Arsenal welcome Championship leaders Leeds United to the Emirates Stadium.

New Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho takes his side to Middlesbrough, managed by former Spurs defender Jonathan Woodgate, and Chelsea host Nottingham Forest.

Ties will take place between January 3 and 6.

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