Arsenal vs Blackpool

Arsenal vs Blackpool, The Gunners were put through their paces at London Colney ahead of their game with League One Blackpool at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal vs Blackpool

Laurent Koscielny continued his recovery from an Achilles injury suffered last season as he looks to return to first team action in the next couple of weeks.

Petr Cech was also pictured, with the veteran goalkeeper likely to play on Wednesday following several weeks out with a hamstring problem – which have seen him overtaken by Bernd Leno in the pecking order.

Unai Emery will take the opportunity to start several fringe players against Blackpool – although with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aaron Ramsey on the bench recently, he could still name a very strong team.

But in defence he has real problems to contend with – as left-back duo Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac have been joined by right-back Hector Bellerin in the treatment room.

With Koscielny still not ready and fellow centre-back Konstantinos Mavropanos also crocked, the back four could include players such as Carl Jenkinson and Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Emery’s men drew with Crystal Palace on Sunday, a result which ended their 11-match winning streak, and left them in fourth in the table.

After the Blackpool game comes a much daunting challenge as they host Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday.

Arsenal will look to return to winning ways on Wednesday night when they welcome League One side Blackpool to the Emirates Stadium in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

The Gunners saw their 11-match winning run come to an end against Crystal Palace at the weekend, but will fancy their chances of overcoming Blackpool to progress to the quarter-final stage of the competition.

Well, Arsenal’s winning run was always going to come to an end at some point, and that was the case on Sunday afternoon when Palace scored late to secure a share of the spoils at Selhurst Park. After 11 straight victories between August 25 and October 25, the Gunners have seen their excellent run come to a close.

There is no doubting that Arsenal have made serious progress over the last couple of months, however, and the League Cup will provide new head coach Unai Emery with the chance to put some silverware in the trophy cabinet.

Coming off the back of a tough draw away from home in the Premier League, and looking ahead to a home match with Liverpool this weekend, Blackpool at home is a nice fixture for Arsenal, with the greatest of respect to the League One outfit.

Even last season, which was disappointing for a number of reasons, Arsenal were strong in front of their own supporters, and the capital outfit have won each of their last six at the Emirates Stadium, losing only to Manchester City since Ostersunds beat them in the Europa League back in February.

It is an interesting period of the season for Arsenal as they face Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in two of their next three Premier League matches. The Gunners are pretty much there in terms of qualification for the next round of the Europa League, and enjoying success in the cup competitions is important for the club this season.

The League Cup is a competition that Arsenal have won on two previous occasions, the last of which came in 1993. They have only had to play once to reach this stage of the competition, comfortably beating Brentford at the Emirates Stadium towards the end of last month.

The Gunners have also not lost to a lower-league team in the League Cup since 2015, and will enter Wednesday’s match as the overwhelming favourites to book their spot in the quarter-finals.

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