[Match Highlights] Arsenal 2-1 Blackpool - All The Goals And Best Bits

Tyler Owen
November 1, 2018

After a hard start to the season, Cech suffered a hamstring injury in the win over Watford last month and was only named on the bench following his return to fitness in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace in Arsenal's last game on Sunday.

Arsenal went 2-0 up against Blackpool after Stephan Lichtsteiner stretched out a leg to convert into the far corner and Emile Smith-Rowe found the net when Carl Jenkinson's miscued cross came off the crossbar five minutes after the break.

The 19-year-old, who assisted the opening goal, was shown a second yellow card in the 56 minute after cynically pulling down an advancing Blackpool player and will now miss Saturday's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Blackpool pressed for a leveller but their hopes of a fight back were dashed when O'Connor was sent off for a challenge on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

"When you play with the goalkeeper, it's normal when the centre-back is under pressure from the opposition that we need to play with the goalkeeper and continue building up our attacking moment", Emery said.

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"He is pushing behind the player". I still want Arsenal to win matches. "And the red card is one circumstance in the game".

'A red card is like that.

"We have spoken. It is very important to control, but I don't think he lost control".

"We have a lot of players looking to play, to help us and take responsibility".

The Tangerines were looking risky after halving the arrears, Nathan Delfouneso having a goal ruled out for offside after Petr Cech had been caught in possession. He has experience. He can do good.

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