EFL Cup: 10-man Arsenal pip Blackpool 2-1 at Emirates to reach quarter final

EFL Cup: 10-man Arsenal pip Blackpool 2-1 at Emirates to reach quarter final

- Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe goals handed Arsenal a 2-1 win over Blackpool at the Emirates

- Blackpool pulled one goal back back through an O’Connor header from a corner-kick

- Both sides ended the match with 10 men each

Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe goals handed Arsenal a 2-1 win over Blackpool at the Emirates on Wednesday, October 31, as both teams finished the game with ten men each.

The encounter saw Unai Emery picked a heavily rotated squad, handing a full debut to young Spanish centre-half Julio Pleguezuelo and a first start for Carl Jenkinson in two years.

Arsenal were enjoying the lion’s share of possession, and it was the 18th minute before the Gunners fashioned a half-chance but Mkhitaryan failed to convert.

On the 28th minute, Mustafi headed wide but out of nowhere in the 33rd minute Stephan Lichtsteiner put Arsenal ahead

EFL Cup: 10-man Arsenal pip Blackpool 2-1 at Emirates to reach quarter final

EFL Cup: 10-man Arsenal pip Blackpool 2-1 at Emirates to reach quarter final

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Guendouzi picked up the ball outside the box, looked up, played and connected with a strange cross but there was the Swiss international to make it 1-0.

Both manager did not make any changes at half-time, and just five minutes on the clock, Arsenal netted their second.

Welbeck burst down the left, he passed to Jenkinson whose cross was directed towards the path of Smith Rowe whose effort hit the roof of the net to make it 2-0.

Blackpool almost got one back straight away when Paudie O’Connor’s header from a corner rattled the corner of post and bar with Petr Cech well beaten,

The Spaniard Emery made a change, bringing on Lucas Torreira for Maitland-Niles on 60′, but Blackpool got one back through an O’Connor header off a corner.

Alex Iwobi replacing goalscorer Smith Rowe, and shortly afterwards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang came on for Welbeck.

The Gabon striker was hacked down in the 84th minute by O’Connor who was immediately shown a red card by the referee, making it 10 against 10 for the final few minutes.

EFL Cup: 10-man Arsenal pip Blackpool 2-1 at Emirates to reach quarter final

EFL Cup: 10-man Arsenal pip Blackpool 2-1 at Emirates to reach quarter final

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The referee decided there ought to be 6 minutes of added time at the end of the game, during which Arsenal played a lot of keep-ball to run down the clock before getting the win.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously had reported that two well-taken penalties by Crystal Palace skipper Luka Milivojevic on Saturday, October 28, ended Arsenal's 11-match winning streak as the Eagles held the Gunners 2-2 in a tough Premier League match played at Selhurst Park.

Arsenal started the match brightly in the opening exchanges but conceded a clumsy penalty the 45th minute as Mustafi slid in to take Kouyate from behind to give away a penalty.

Luka Milivojevic who missed one last week made no mistake on this particular one as the Palace skipper stepped up to send Leno to the right, while the ball slid just inside the opposite post to hand the hosts the lead.

However, upon the resumption of the second half, Arsenal restored parity in the 51st via Granit Xhaka who smashed home a free-kick from the left-hand edge of the area across Hennessey and into the top corner.

After Xhaka's well taken free-kick, the visitors dominated proceedings at Selhurst, with their efforts paying off five minutes later as in-form forward Pierre Aubameyang capitalised on Palace's defensive error to gift the Gunners the lead.

Unai Emery's side looked destined for their 12th straight win in all competitions, but the dream was shattered by Milivojevic who smashed the ball home from the penalty spot after Zaha was brought down in the box.

The disappointing result for Arsenal effectively ended their 11-match winning streak in all competitions, leaving them fourth on the EPL standings with 22 points, a point behind Manchester City who still have a game to play.

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