By Walter Broeckx
Apparantly Koscielny injured himself before the match so the line up given at first had to be changed. Jenkinson came in his place. Nketiah leading the line in this match.
Arsenal team at the start: Cech, Lichtsteiner, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Willock, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Ramsey, Iwobi, Nketiah
On the beach: Martinez, Jenkinson,Medley, Torreira, Guendouzi, Lacazette, Saka
Nketiah with a first chance after 2 minutes but his missed the target. It was a good move from the youngsters up front setting up Nketiah. But at the other end Cech had to stop a break through from Blackpool and had to make a stop. A second chanc for Nketiah but again he missed the target this time from close range. The pitch looks to be rather bumpy and certainly not the quality we are used to at our stadium. Nketiah was brought down just outside the penalty area. Ramsey with the free kick that crasched against the goalpost and then Willock headed in the rebound. GOAL! 0-1 to The Arsenal after 11 minutes. What a free kick from Ramsey by the way.
A cross from Iwobi finds Jenkinson who heads back in front of goal but Blackpool can clear before an Arsenal striker can put it over the line. Blackpool with the old trick of pushing and pulling the keeper but Dean gives a foul. Surprise. Cech with a good stop on a deflected shot from Blackpool. Elneny with a shot that trickled wide. Arsenal has to attentive with crosses to the big lump centre forward from Blackpool who is physically very strong it seems. A shot from Iwobi goes just wide after some sustained pressure from Arsenal. Dean then with the I think the spuds scored from a free from there but the flag had gone up so it wouldn’t have counted anywas if Cech hadn’t stopped he header. Still 0-1 to The Arsenal after 30 minutes.
Blackpool do have a few players with PL experience on the field in Spearing and Delfouneso. Arsenal attack on the right flank after bringing up the ball from the back. Iwobi for once on the right gave it to Jenkinson who put in a low cross that was diverted slightly in the middle by Nketiah. The ball trickling down to the far post and Willock once again on hand to put it over the line. GOAL!! 0-2 to The Arsenal aafter 38 minutes.
Nketiah almost away but the keeper first on the ball. Kolasinac with a good run forward but his cross was too close to the keeper. 1 minute of extra time but nothing changed so Arsenal go in at half time despite a last second effort from Nketiah that was clawed away by the Blackpool keeper. 0-2 after 45 minutes.
Blackpool trying a few long balls a the start of the second half but apart from a shot that went well wide not much danger. Arsenal win a corner that is worked out between Iwobi and Ramsey but the latter sees his shot diverted. Arsenal mostly trying to keep control of the match. Kolasinac with a pull and Dean finds this enough to pull out a yellow card. Oh Dean…. A bit later a low cross from Blackpool goes past everyone apart from a Blackpool player who shoots over from 11 meters out. Arsenal playing too casual for the moment and Cech almost with a slip when we play the ball out from behind. Come on guys score that third goal. Still 0-2 after 60 minutes.
A slight contact from Willock is given as a foul by Dean but ath the other end an Arsenal player is burried in the ground but nothing is given. The free kick results in a dangerous situation in front of the Arsenal goal. After 63 minutes Lacazette comes on and Nketiah who could and probably should have scored goes off. Blackpool keep on blocking the keeper at corners but Dean sees nothing wrong with it now. A good attack from Arsenal but Willock can’t come to a shot and then Elneny shoots wide. The Blackpool keeper then pulled something after a goal kick and it looks he can’t continue. Kolasinac has a first attempt at the new goalkeeper but his shot goes well over. Still 0-2 after 75 minutes wit not that much to report in this phase of the match.
Arsenal attack but the cross from Lacazette goes past everyone in the box. The match now very much like the pitch: bumpy and so the quality not that high. Kolasinac offers Willock his hattrick but the flag had correctly gone up for offside. Arsenal win the ball high up the pitch and Lacazette gives it to Ramsey who takes a shot that is half saved by the keeper but Iwobi is on hand to tap in the ball. GOAL!!! 0-3 to The Arsenal after 82 minutes. Repley shows Iwobi was offside when Ramsey took his shot so he and we can count ourselves a bit Lucky with what looks to be the first error of one of the assisants.
Meanwhile Zach Medley replaces Kolasinac. Iwobi is send away from our own half but he can’t get the ball behind the keeper who can stop his shot. Iwobi is then taken off and Saka comes on after 85 minutes. Arsenal just keeping the ball in the closing minutes of the match. Come on play in Saka and let us have a look at what he can do. Ramsey almost with a goal but the keeper came out of his area and then Saka couldn’t come to a shot at the rebound. 4 minutes of extra time. In which nothing really happened.
Arsenal make no mistake in their first match in the FA cup under Emery Unai. It was a comfortable win and the scoreline could have been higher if Nketiah would have been in top form. Willock will be the hero of the day with his two goals. Well done guys.
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