Arsenal – 6 Walcott (12, 39, 58), Arshavin (32 pen), Diaby (49), Chamakh (83)
Blackpool – 0
Walcott gets a hat-trick as Arsenal down 10 men Blackpool comfortably.
The match started evenly and Blackpool were the first to have a shot on goal. However it was all Arsenal when Walcott found the net after a nice move involving Rosicky, Chamakh and Arshavin.
Blackpool certainly didn’t go on the back foot and came themselves close to scoring a goal. Rosicky and Walcott meanwhile were finding plenty of space in the midfield. Rosicky had a shot from range, Arshavin came close with a half volley and Chamakh was just off target when Walcott slipped him the ball.
Balckpool were down to 10 men after 31 minutes when Evatt, the last man, brought down Chamakh when he was through on goal following an angled pass from Rosicky. Arshavin scored coolly from the spot to put Arsenal two goals up.
It was Walcott who found the net again after 39 minutes when Wilshere found him in the box. He turned smoothly and shot the ball past the keeper. Chamakh had a couple of more half chances but the keeper denied him twice and at half time Arsenal were 3 nil up.
The fourth goal came on early in the 2nd half with an awesome finish by Diaby. He swept the cross of Sagna past the keeper. Arsenal were then just toying with Blackpool and Walcott completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute. He curled in a shot at the far post after Diaby found him in the box.
Two minutes later Chamakh missed a tap in. Rosicky found Arshavin and he played it on to Chamakh who put it over the bar.
With the points secured Wenger brought in Van Persie and Fabregas to replace Diaby and Arshavin. Vela replaced Walcott, who received a standing ovation.
Arsenal had plenty of more chances and Chamakh finally got his goal when he headed in a Van Persie corner. Fabregas had a shot blocked and Wilshere had a chance near the end.