The Arsenal artillery could be seen launching attack after attack as Gunners played sleek one touch passing. Blackpool goalkeeper worked a little over-time making telling saves. Andre Arshavin, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosiscky and Chamakh took turns to miss glaring opportunities or see their efforts saved. Walcott’s double and Arshavin’s penalty were enough for the first half.
The Arsenal defence were a pathetic lot, failing to thwart weak and occasional Blackpool build-ups. Blackpool, who were reduced to 10 men when a defender denied a goal-scoring opportunity to Chamakh, have a salary cap of GBP 10000,00 per week and it was not hard to see why. Blackpool conceded the 4th after Abu Diaby finished a well calculated cross. Walcott sliced through their defence and slotted a cool pass to the net.
Robin Van Persie and Cesc Fabregas came in for Arshavin and Diaby hoping to add to the 5 goals already scored. Walcott was later replaced by Carlo Vela. The changes slowed down the match and Blackpool regrouped to decelerate Arsenal attacks.
Chamakh finally broke his duck scoring with a head after Carlos Vela earned a corner kick from a fine run. The match picks up pace and for a moment, Blackpool seemed out-numbered. They nearly got their goal towards the end. Arsenal wasted a dozen chances themselves.
Is this a statement for Arsenal to say they have a shout of where the title will go, or that they are in it to win it?