Arsenal vs Blackpool: The Football League Cup 2018 Arsenal host Arsenal vs Blackpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. Arsenal kept up the pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester United and maintained their title hopes with victory at Blackpool. Arsene Wenger’s side have reduced United’s lead to seven points with a game in hand, despite veteran 41-year-old keeper Jens Lehmann being thrust into his first start for the club in three years, after Manuel Almunia was injured in the warm-up.
Arsenal welcome League One outfit Blackpool to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday and are hoping to avoid any scares against third-tier opposition in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.
The Premier League giants are unbeaten in 12 but saw their winning run come to an end in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Crystal Palace, but manager Unai Emery will hope to use Halloween as a springboard to get back in the green.
Blackpool were 2-0 victors against Championship side Queens Park Rangers to progress from the third round, but the step up to beating Emery’s flyers—fourth in the Premier League—is a much greater task.Two-time champions Arsenal last won the League Cup in 1993 but made it to last season’s final, an achievement they’ll look to replicate under a new manager and with fresh faces in the squad.It’s unsurprising to see Arsenal line up for Wednesday’s clash as such hefty 1-9 favourites, considering there are currently 56 places between them and Blackpool—sat 12th in League One—in the English leagues.
Two penalties from Luka Milivojevic denied the north Londoners three points at Selhurst Park on Sunday, although Squawka showed that was an irregular lapse for the visitors based on their recent form:Nevertheless, the debate now turns to how Emery’s men cope with their self-imposed disappointment, which isn’t all that bad, considering they’re still only four points off Premier League leaders Manchester City.
Arsenal’s attack has been one of the most effective in England this season, with 24 goals in 10 league games—second only to defending champions City.
However, they face a defence that has shown the potential to be steadfast this season, even if it did surrender 3-2 at Fleetwood Town on Saturday, per Sky Sports Statto:Arsenal welcome League One side Blackpool to the Emirates for their EFL Cup fourth round clash.
The Gunners saw their winning streak brought to an end against Crystal Palace on Sunday with Unai Emery expected to make changes as a busy schedule kicks in.
Blackpool have already seen off London opposition in this competition this term, eliminating QPR in the third round in September.Hector Bellerin came off at half-time against Palace with what his manager described as “muscular pains.” Emery was unable to say whether the Spaniard will be ready for Saturday’s clash with Liverpool with it very unlikely he would be risked midweek.Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac both have both been struggling with thigh problems while Konstantinos Mavropanos is not expected to return to training until November after his recent groin problem.
Laurent Koscielny has returned to full training after his Achilles injury but Emery has insisted the club will exercise caution over the captain’s return.