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Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool

Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool

Normally when your side loses 6-0 there are mass repurcussions. Not today.

Despite the result, 'Pool worked hard and played some nice stuff, backed by a wonderful away following.

And whilst some Arsenal fans looked down their noses at us, the rest applauded us on playing some good attacking football (they felt we were the better team until the opener and very much still in the game until the penalty), playing the game in the right spirit, having great supporters (thoughts echoed by the police), and weirdly, despite the scoreline, a lot of them think we'll stay up.

Regardless of the result, there is no doubt that we all had a great day out in a great stadium, and that we've learned a few valuable lessons today. Indeed, none of us expected us to get anything out of today, and as long as we continue to beat teams like Wigan, we stand a (slim?) chance of staying up.

Ian Holloway made one change from the side that had thrashed Wigan last weekend; Ludovic Sylvestre replacing Brett Ormerod.

The Seasiders began the game well and were the better team in the opening stages, David Vaughan testing Manuel Almunia.

However, Arsenal always looked a threat going forward, and opened the scoring on 14 minutes through Theo Walcott. The winger absolutely destroyed Stephen Crainey all afternoon.

Blackpool could have levelled just moments later though, but Gary Taylor-Fletcher headed wide.

On 30 minutes the Seasiders were reduced to 10 men. Whilst the decision to send Ian Evatt off for his foul on Maroune Chamakh was correct, the foul was committed outside the area. Andrey Arshavin then converted the penalty and celebrated infront of the 'Pool fans just to rub it in. For all their brilliant football, Arsenal need to learn to be more sporting.

Dekel Keinan then replaced Sylvestre (who was very unlucky to go off) to make his 'Pool debut.

Just before the break though, Walcott made it 3-0 as Arsenal made the most of their man advantage.

Abou Diaby made it 4-0 just after the break after a slick move. Ollie responded by throwing on Ishmel and Brett Ormerod for Taylor-Fletcher and Marlon Harewood.

Walcott made it 5-0 just before the hour, before Chamakh headed Arsenal's sixth from a corner.

Still the 'Pool fans sang though and still the 'Pool continued to try and play football.

At the end of the day though, we came up against a team that were just a different class.

Oh well, let's hope that we can pick something up v Fulham next week.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Sunday August 22 2010
Time: 12:36AM


Hope you guys stay up.
22/08/2010 08:28:00
Just popped over from VA to say how great it was to see you all at the stadium yesterday. Well done to the lads for keeping going and still playing football. Good luck, and all the best for the rest of the season.
Cockney Rich
22/08/2010 08:36:00
I'm sure Holloway will get you guys back up and running. Good luck for the rest of the season.
22/08/2010 09:43:00
Arsenal need to learn to be more sporting....should have read Arshavin needs to be a bit more sporting, he was giving it large about this game on twitter...god knows why
22/08/2010 12:07:00
I suppose as we are smaller than Arshavin he thought he could pick on us.
Sun 1
23/08/2010 11:36:00
well i did notice that when arshavin was caught offside very early in the game, several blackpool supporters let him know what they thought of him,in no uncertain terms flicking the v sign and bashing the its no surprise that he went and celebrated in front of them....if you cant take it...dont give it......
23/08/2010 14:04:00
cant say it on your boards fo some reason so I'llsay it here - good luck to blackpool. seriously hope you stay up.
24/08/2010 19:34:00
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