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Match Preview: Arsenal (H)

All Set For Emirates FA Cup Third Round Tie

4 January 2019

Blackpool host Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup tomorrow night, aiming to pull off a shock and reach the fourth round.

Having pushed The Gunners close in the Carabao Cup earlier this season, The Seasiders will look to make the most of home advantage this time around. 

The visitors are the competition's most successful side however, having won the FA Cup trophy on 13 occasions. 

Now managed by Unai Emery, they sit fifth in the Barclays Premier League and boast an array of talent, including the division's joint top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. 

Team News: 

Blackpool will once again be without the services of Ollie Turton (hamstring), Curtis Tilt (hip) and Jordan Thompson for the fixture (suspended). Chris Taylor will aim to retain his place in the side after an impressive performance against Sunderland.  

Arsenal also have a number of injury concerns to contend with, including Mesut Ozil (knee). Nacho Monreal, Shkodran Mustafi (both hamstring), Hector Bellerin (calf) are also sidelined, as are longer-term absentees Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Danny Welbeck (both ankle) and Rob Holding (knee). Petr Cech is expected to start in goal. 

The Manager's View: 

The Referee: 

Premier League referee Mike Dean has been confirmed to officiate the fixture. 

His last Blackpool game came at Old Trafford in May 2011. 

So far this season, he has referee 18 games, showing 76 yellow cards and nine red ones. 

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