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Match Preview: Arsenal

Seasiders Travel To The Emirates For Carabao Cup Fourth Round Tie

31 October 2018

Blackpool face Arsenal in a cup competition for the first time since 1999 tonight, with a place in the fifth round of the Carabao Cup at stake.

The Seasiders, who last participated in round four 11 years ago, travel to The Emirates knowing that their best performance of the season will be required to try and progress. 

An 11-match unbeaten league run was brought to an end on Saturday, while The Gunners' 12-game winning streak was halted at Crystal Palace. 

Team News: 

Blackpool have a number of injuries and suspensions to contend with, leaving manager Terry McPhillips without a full strength squad to choose from. Ben Heneghan and Mark Cullen are amongst those likely to start. 

Arsenal are set to rest the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and revert to a similar side that knocked Brentford out in the last round. Petr Cech could start in goal, while Aaron Ramsey, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Danny Welbeck are expected to feature. 

The Manager's View: 


The Referee: 

David Coote has been confirmed to referee the tie at The Emirates and will be assisted by Simon Long and Sian Massey-Ellis. 

He last officiated a Blackpool game in December 2016, which came at Doncaster Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy. 

Fourth official on the night will be Andre Marriner. VAR will be also available, if required. 

Tonight's Other Carabao Cup Ties: 

Chelsea vs Derby County
Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace
West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Report: Arsenal 2 Blackpool 1

Seasiders Bow Out of Carabao Cup

31 October 2018

Blackpool gave Arsenal a scare on Halloween, as they bowed out of the Carabao Cup with a 2-1 defeat at The Emirates.

The hosts found themselves two goals up after 50 minutes, only to see Matteo Guendouzi sent off for a second bookable offence.

Paudie O’Connor then pulled one back for Blackpool to set up a grandstand finish to the encounter, however the on-loan Leeds man was then dismissed himself, leaving both sides to finish the game with 10 men.

Suspension resulted in a couple of changes to the Blackpool side, with Curtis Tilt serving a one-match ban and Armand Gnanduillet missing the first of three games. Donervon Daniels remained on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.

As expected, it was Arsenal who dictated the early tempo of the game, retaining possession and looking to pick out pockets of space for the likes of Danny Welbeck, Aaron Ramsey and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to run into.

It was Mkhitaryan who almost did just that, as he looked to pounce upon a sliced clearance. Mark Howard immediately rushed off his line to beat him to the ball, however. The Armenian international dragged an effort narrowly wide soon after.

Blackpool, aiming to utilise the pace of Nathan Delfouneso up front, had a few moments in the final third early on but without testing Petr Cech.

Defensively, The Seasiders continued to contain their opponents, though a dangerous delivery across the six-yard box from Aaron Ramsey caused slight concern. Fortunately, the cross bypassed his supporting team-mates.

Five minutes later, Arsenal found the breakthrough. Matteo Guendouzi picked out a well-timed run from Stephan Lichtsteiner and the Switzerland international slide in to knock the ball past Mark Howard.

The Gunners quickly pressed for a second and saw a fizzing effort from Guendouzi fly just wide of the target.

Aaron Ramsye was the next player to register an attempt, but he was unable to keep his back-post strike from going over the bar.

Half-Time: Arsenal 1 Blackpool 0

The Gunners doubled their advantage shortly after the interval, with the goal coming from Emile Smith-Rowe. The youngster, who faced Blackpool in the FA Youth Cup last season, reacted first to a Carl Jenkinson cross that was palmed away by Mark Howard.

Blackpool’s best chance of pulling one back then fell to Paudie O’Connor. The on-loan Leeds United man challenged for a corner into the box and had the beating of Petr Cech, only for the ball to bounce back off the bar.

Shkodran Mustafi went agonisingly close to heading in a third for Arsenal at the other end of the pitch, glancing wide after making a near post run.

A lifeline for Blackpool was presented when Matteo Guendouzi was sent off in the 56th minute, with the midfielder shown a second yellow card for a pull back on Jordan Thompson.

That dismissal resulted in a substitution for the home side. Lucas Torreira was introduced for Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Pool soon made a change of their own, which resulted in Ollie Turton reverting to his usual position of right-back. Harry Pritchard was the man brought on, replacing Michael Nottingham.

It didn’t take long for Blackpool to then find the net, and it was the man denied by the bar a little earlier, Paudie O’Connor. The defender was left unmarked from a corner and managed to nod the ball past Petr Cech.

The Seasiders had the ball in the net again three minutes later, however Nathan Delfouneso was in an offside position. Petr Cech was caught in possession by Jay Spearing, but the forward was already in front of play.

Jordan Thompson then drilled wide from a free-kick after Torreira had been penalised for a hand ball.

Arsenal opted to make their third and final change with 15 minutes of the game remaining, and it was top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who came on for Danny Welbeck. Blackpool also made another substitution, bringing on Mark Cullen for Liam Feeney.

The Seasiders were then reduced to 10-men themselves, and it was goalscorer Paudie O’Connor given his marching orders. The centre-half brought down Aubameyang near the half-way line and was immediately shown a red card.

John O’Sullivan, a late substitute for Blackpool, headed over the bar in the first of six additional minutes.

Arsenal then retained possession well to see out the result.

Full-Time: Arsenal 2 Blackpool 1

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