Blackpool brushed aside by Willock brace.




Arsenal’s  FA tie against Blackpool started in farce, when some idiot boarded the coach roof in an effort to win football idiot of the year.

Never mind parking the bus tactics, it couldn’t even get going.



Luckily, the players transferred to another coach and left the police to deal with the clambering fool, who missed the entire game.

The next thing the gunners had to contend with was the pitch, which was so bad, you almost expected potatoes to rise up from the turf on the very first slide tackle.  

I’m not sure it was a deliberate ploy to prevent Arsenal from its usual push and cut attack but if it was, it clearly didn’t work.



Arsenal boss, Unai Emery, decided to throw in a handful of Academy gems including Maitland-Niles, Nketiah and Willock, to cut their teeth in the old competition.

If Blackpool thought that the presence of youngsters would play in to their hands, they misjudged the unquenchable desire that comes with youth. 




Joe Willock, was to have a game he would never forget.

11 minutes in and Willock headed in from a vicious Ramsey free kick, which nearly dismantled the bar via a spearing deflection, promptly leaving the Blackpool goalkeeper flapping.

Up popped the grateful the young midfielder who confidently and firmly nodded in from 7 or 8 yards.



Then around the 37th minute, with some slick play between Jenkinson and Iwobi. Jenkinson received the ball back and the right back thundered forward, before whipping in a low cross to Nketiah.

The 19 year old from Lewisham then flicked the ball on to Willock, who breezed into space at the far post to bang in from close range.




As Arsenal fans complain about limited transfer activity, they can take comfort from the fact that Arsenal’s new faces look full of ambition and style. 



Aaron Ramsey continues to make the clubs decision to let the Welshman go look super ridiculous.

He was energised and kept popping up left, right and centre.

What you see, is what you get with Ramsey and the midfielder was involved and committed, looking to carve holes in Blackpool and free up his apprentices and understudies.




In fact, the other outcasts of the Emirates featured in this game including Cech, Elneny and Jenkinson, all of whom get a game on their Birthdays and leap years.

I’m convinced Elneny only got a game to put himself in the shop window, no doubt hoping for a bid before the transfer window closes.



Nketiah who’s name was constantly on the lips of supporters,  could have had a memorable hat trick and with the first half about to end but it seemed there was still time for him to get on the scoresheet.

He must be kicking himself because sadly for him, he was replaced by Alaxandre Lacazette but his goals will most definitely come.



The second half saw a big drop off in intensity, urgency and the fluidity as Arsenal found a comfortable groove.

Things were rounded off by an Alex Iwobi goal in the 81st minute which was probably a mile offside but he tucked away the goal from a Ramsey cross with his usual composure.



Other than that, we all have to be extremely excited by Bukayo Saka, who has the speed of an express train and can terrorise anyone going forward.

This guy looks to be the best of an excellent bunch and Emery must be tempted to throw him in the deep end to see how he copes with the premiership week in and week out.



I’ll go as far as saying that this prospect will be a regular in the Arsenal and senior England sides within 18 months, yes, he’s that good.



Yet, it’s the same old Arsenal, glorious in attack and decidedly squishy in defence and Blackpool could have had at least two goals but the gun jammed at the crucial moment.

In games like this, you have to put the bigger clubs to the sword and keep them on the back foot but sadly Arsenal’s opponents weren’t up to the job.





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