On Saturday evening, Arsenal visit Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup, as the Gunners look for a comfortable passage to the next round.
Blackpool have struggled for form of late and the Tangerines are midtable in League One after three defeats in their last four outings. The home side has seen off Exeter City and Solihull Moors in the previous rounds but needed extra time to see off the latter in the last round.
The north west outfit have been hard to beat in the FA Cup in recent seasons, as they have suffered just two defeat in nine outings in the competition. They have also suffered just three home defeats in their last 12 FA Cup games on home soil.
However, the Tangerines have lost their last three meetings with the Gunners in all competitions, including a meeting in the League Cup earlier this season.
Arsenal’s recent form has been highly inconsistent of late after a good start to life in north London for Spanish boss Unai Emery. Last time out the Gunners dispatched Fulham 4-1 at the Emirates Stadium.
Both teams have scored in five of Arsenal’s last six games in all competitions, including their last four matches.
Arsenal have a good recent record in the FA Cup, having won five of their last seven matches in the competition in 90 minutes and one in extra time. However, last season the Gunners suffered an exit from this competition at the same stage of the competition at the hands of Championship Nottingham Forest.
The Gunners have lost just once in ten away games in the FA Cup, winning seven times in 90 minutes, once in extra time and once in a penalty shootout. The visitors have been prolific on their travels in the FA Cup, scoring at least twice in their last five matches.
Blackpool look set to be without Max Clayton, Jimmy Ryan and Mark Cullen due to injury. Meanwhile, Jordan Thompson is ruled out through suspension.
Arsenal look set to be without Rob Holding, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Danny Welbeck and Emile Smith-Rowe through injury. Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin, Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi are also fitness doubts. However, Greek defender Konstantinos Mavropanos is fit again after injury and could feature.
Arsenal are big favourites to win this clash at 1/ 4, while the draw is odds of 11/2 and Blackpool are odds of 14/1.
The Gunners will need to avoid complacency if they are to avoid this potential banana skin of a cup tie.
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