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Arsenal v Manchester United FA Cup fourth round preview 0

Posted on January 24, 2019 by David Nugent

On Friday night, Arsenal host Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium in the glamour tie of the FA Cup fourth round.

Arsenal recorded an important 2-0 win over Chelsea last time out to stay in touch with the Blues in the race for the Champions League spots. Despite a top-four finish being the home side’s priority, the FA Cup has become an important competition for the Gunners in recent years.

The team from north London have been highly difficult to defeat in the grand old competition in recent years, losing just twice in 25 outings. Unai Emery’s side coasted past Blackpool in the last round 3-0 to set-up this clash.

A look back at the last six in review – Part 2 0

Posted on January 24, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Arsenal 4-1 Fulham

It’s a good result, but fans were still feeling the effects of the Liverpool game – mainly because they knew they’d lost some major ground. It was an efficient attacking performance and it’s kind of difficult to get all too upset about a 4-1 win, but it was more of an ‘on to the next’ moment. Still, fair play for the efficiency.

Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal

Manchester United are not unbeatable cup opponents for Arsenal 0

Posted on January 08, 2019 by David Nugent

Arsenal breezed into the FA Cup fourth round by defeating Blackpool 3-0. The Gunners reward is a home tie against resurgent Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium. The draw could have been kinder to Arsenal, but at least the tie is on home soil.

A big test of Emery’s Arsenal

There are those who argue that Arsenal are moving in the right direction under Spanish head coach Unai Emery. The Gunners are regarded as a slightly tougher team under Emery, although that may just be down to the presence of the combative Lucas Torreira in the centre of midfield.

Winning the FA Cup would be a good start for Unai Emery 0

Posted on January 05, 2019 by David Nugent

During the latter stages of Arsene Wenger’s reign at Arsenal, winning the FA Cup seemed to be the thing keeping the Frenchman in a job, as Wenger won the competition on seven occasions. However, it was not enough for some Gunners fans, as they wanted to win the league.

Wenger’s successor Emery comes into the club with very different objectives. A top-four finish in the Premier League is obviously the Gunners main objective this season. However, winning the FA Cup would be a good start for the Spaniard at the north London club. Arsenal kick-off their quest to win the grand old trophy later today at Blackpool.

Rough FA Cup sales? 0

Posted on January 04, 2019 by Harry Kettle

Blackpool play in a stadium (Bloomfield Road) that is capable of holding just over 17,000 fans, and yet, apparently, only 3,000 tickets have been sold for their game against Arsenal in the FA Cup. While many could potentially show up on the day of the game, it’s interesting to note that the Seasiders are taking this boycott of the Oyston family very seriously.

Odd atmosphere

While it likely won’t impact the Gunners all too much, this just further emphasises how much of a slam dunk this game should be for them. While they shouldn’t take Blackpool lightly by any means, they definitely need to recognise that they should be walking into the next round. If they don’t, then questions will likely have to be asked.

Blackpool v Arsenal FA Cup Preview 1

Posted on January 04, 2019 by David Nugent

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.

Dealing with Blackpool 0

Posted on January 03, 2019 by Harry Kettle

It’s always somewhat tricky to work out what the strategy should be with the FA Cup. It’s a bizarre old competition even at the best of times, mainly because nobody knows what kind of squad they want to put out for it. The bigger sides tend to field weakened teams in order to better prepare themselves for games in Europe and the Premier League, but we aren’t so sure that’s what Arsenal will do when they come up against Blackpool in the FA Cup.

Arsenal may now take the League Cup seriously 0

Posted on November 01, 2018 by David Nugent

Everybody talks about the League Cup or Carabao Cup or whatever people wish to call it being the poor relation to virtually every other competition. In terms of priorities for most top clubs, it is never up there with the Premier League or the European competitions.

It is almost a distraction, something to get out of the way. Top bosses field rotated squads on a regular basis in the competition, just as Unai Emery did for Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Blackpool on Wednesday night at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal edge out Blackpool 0

Posted on November 01, 2018 by Harry Kettle

They say it isn’t how you win in football, it’s just important that you actually get the win (the actual saying is much more elegant than that). Well that couldn’t have been more accurate last night as Arsenal overcame a tough challenge in the form of League One Blackpool. A lot of fans were already writing this one off as a win before the game had even kicked off, and that kind of overoptimism is what has led to the Gunners’ downfall many times in the past.

Arsenal v Blackpool Carabao Cup Preview 0

Posted on October 30, 2018 by David Nugent

On Wednesday night, Arsenal host Blackpool at the Emirates Stadium in the last 16 of the Carabao Cup.

The Gunners winning run of 11 games in all competitions ended last time out, as Crystal Palace held Unai Emery’s side to a 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park. However, the draw may do little to stop the Gunners momentum.

A key to the home side’s good recent form has been their attacking prowess, as the Gunners have scored at least two goals in 12 of their last 13 matches in all competitions.

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