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Arsenal   6 - 0   Blackpool

Theo Walcott scores his third goal and Arsenal's fourth against Blackpool
Walcott's performance will have impressed England coach Fabio Capello

By David Ornstein

Theo Walcott registered the first hat-trick of his club career as Arsenal brought Blackpool back down to earth with a resounding win at the Emirates.

Newly-promoted Blackpool, who won 4-0 at Wigan on the opening day, started well but Walcott slotted Arsenal ahead.

Ian Evatt was sent off for a foul that appeared to be outside the area, Andrey Arshavin scoring the penalty, before Walcott drilled a third on 39 minutes.

Abou Diaby clipped home, Walcott curled in and Marouane Chamakh headed a sixth.

While they squandered numerous chances to extend their advantage, the Gunners now have their first victory of the season and boss Arsene Wenger will surely be delighted with his side's performance.

606: DEBATE
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Opposite number Ian Holloway insisted before the match that his side would "have a go" and admitted they "might end up losing by the most embarrassing scoreline even in the Premier League".

Such a scenario did not quite materialise for the Seasiders - but after Evatt's dismissal there was a feeling that it could have gone that way.

Blackpool did enjoy plenty of early possession and carved out the first meaningful attempt on goal when David Vaughan shot powerfully at Manuel Almunia.

But Arsenal soon settled into a tidy rhythm and opened the scoring through Walcott's side-footed finish on 12 minutes after a superb passing move between Arshavin, Chamakh and Tomas Rosicky.

Blackpool would have levelled almost immediately had Gary Taylor-Fletcher not headed wide from Stephen Crainey's cross - and they were made to pay, albeit in acrimonious circumstances.

Blackpool red card was harsh - Wenger

Arshavin, Chamakh and Walcott all went close before Rosicky put Chamakh through on goal and the Moroccan was brought down by last-man Evatt.

Referee Mike Jones gave the defender his marching orders and pointed straight to the spot, but replays suggested the challenge was made outside the box.

Arshavin beat Matthew Gilks low to the goalkeeper's left and, with Blackpool down to 10 men and clearly rattled by the nature of Arsenal's second, the Gunners were able to lay siege to Blackpool's goal.

Gilks saved with his feet to deny Chamakh from Walcott's through-ball before the England winger collected Jack Wilshere's pass, spun debutant Dekel Keinan and drilled home to double his account before half-time.

Arsenal picked up where they left off after the restart.

Sending off ruined game - Holloway

Blackpool's initial 4-3-3 formation had now morphed into a understandably defensive 4-4-1, yet nothing Holloway ordered could stem the waves of attack.

A poor challenge by Crainey allowed Bacary Sagna to break clear on the right and his cross was turned into the bottom corner by Diaby, who then released Walcott to get his third with a fine left-footed strike.

The Blackpool fans continued to serenade their tiring players and the home crowd responded when World Cup finalists Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie were introduced from the substitutes bench.

Their arrivals at 5-0 illustrated the gulf in class between the two sides and, while Fabregas pulled the strings alongside the hugely impressive Wilshere in midfield, Van Persie caused Blackpool no shortage of problems up front.

Although the match began to resemble a training session late on, there was still time for Chamakh to nod in Van Persie's corner for his first Arsenal goal and Blackpool substitute Brett Ormerod fire just over the bar.

If nothing else, the visitors deserved a consolation strike for the efforts of their players and supporters. But it was not to be as Arsenal cruised over the line.


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:
"What was pleasing today with Theo was that he made right decision in final third and was calm in front of goal. He could finish but also give final balls. That shows he improves.

"I thought the Evatt challenge was outside the box but it was difficult to see from the bench and I will have to look at it again. The decision is harsh but referee has no choice once gives penalty for denying a goalscoring chance.

"We have nothing to announce today or tomorrow (on new signings) but we'll see if we can make another defensive addition next week. We're not close to doing anything at the moment.

"We have a big word to say in the championship and want to show that week in week out. Getting a point at Liverpool and a good win today, we've made a very good start."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway:
"Arsenal are a team full of fantastic players. They way they try and play, pass and move is an education.

"We were doing OK until the referee deemed Ian's challenge to be a sending off. I thought it was a penalty at best but then to send him off ridiculous - it absolutely ruined game as spectacle.

"But we'd probably have been beaten anyway. Some of the football Arsenal played was world class and they could have scored more. After the red card it was then damage limitation and the damaged us all the way to the end.

"It's a long hard road but our lads have to get up and get on with it. It's a joy for us to be here - we'll have to take a few humblings but I'm not that disappointed to be honest."

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Saturday, 21 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool FT
(HT 3-0)
  • Walcott 12
  • Arshavin (pen) 32
  • Walcott 39
  • Diaby 49
  • Walcott 58
  • Chamakh 83

    Arsenal

    Substitutes

    Blackpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: JonesAtt: 60,032
    ARSENAL
    BLACKPOOL

    Possession

    • Arsenal 65%
    • Blackpool 35%

    Attempts on target

    • Arsenal 16
    • Blackpool 1

    Attempts off target

    • Arsenal 9
    • Blackpool 2

    Corners

    • Arsenal 7
    • Blackpool 2

    Fouls

    • Arsenal 9
    • Blackpool 2
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:06 The referee ends the match.
    • 90:00+3:47 Shot from 25 yards from Robin van Persie. Craig Cathcart gets a block in.
    • 90:00+3:17 Shot by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) drilled left-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).
    • 90:00+2:50 Corner taken by Robin van Persie.
    • 89:55 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Carlos Alberto Vela from the left by-line. Francesc Fabregas has a volleyed shot. Blocked by Alex Baptiste. Corner from the left by-line taken by Carlos Alberto Vela, Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.
    • 88:51 Shot on goal by Gael Clichy from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 88:31 Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Francesc Fabregas (Arsenal).
    • 88:15 Goal kick taken short by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
    • 87:58 Shot from close range by Brett Ormerod clears the bar.
    • 87:45 Attacking throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 85:17 Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
    • 84:35 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 84:10 Shot by Carlos Alberto Vela (Arsenal) left-footed from right channel (18 yards), over the bar.
    • 83:54 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 82:15 Assist by Robin van Persie.
    • 82:15 GOAL - Marouane ChamakhArsenal 6 - 0 Blackpool Marouane Chamakh finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool.
    • 81:48 Carlos Alberto Vela takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie,
    • Correction - 80:39 Corner taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 80:39 Corner from right by-line taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 80:02 Thomas Vermaelen challenges Brett Ormerod unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
    • 79:18 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 77:45 Shot by Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) right-footed from centre of penalty area (6 yards), missed left.
    • 77:18 Francesc Fabregas decides to take a short corner.
    • 75:59 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 74:27 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 73:14 Shot by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) drilled right-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 72:39 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 69:14 Francesc Fabregas challenges Ishmel Demontagnac unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:25 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 67:53 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gael Clichy on Ishmel Demontagnac. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.
    • 66:43 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 65:29 Substitution Carlos Alberto Vela is brought on as a substitute for Theo Walcott.
    • 64:47 Gael Clichy challenges Ishmel Demontagnac unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Vaughan takes the direct free kick.
    • 64:26 The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Walcott. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
    • 62:04 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 61:20 Substitution Andrey Arshavin goes off and Robin van Persie comes on.
    • 61:20 Substitution Francesc Fabregas is brought on as a substitute for Vassiriki Diaby.
    • 61:02 Close range effort by Marouane Chamakh goes over the bar.
    • 57:37 Vassiriki Diaby provided the assist for the goal.
    • 57:37 GOAL - Theo WalcottArsenal 5 - 0 Blackpool Theo Walcott fires in a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 5-0 Blackpool.
    • 56:28 Substitution Blackpool substitution: Marlon Harewood replaced by Brett Ormerod (tactical).
    • 56:28 Substitution Blackpool substitution: Gary Taylor-Fletcher replaced by Ishmel Demontagnac (tactical).
    • 56:01 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 55:15 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 53:30 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • Correction - 53:11 Effort from deep inside the area by Vassiriki Diaby misses to the left of the goal.
    • 53:11 Shot by Vassiriki Diaby (Arsenal) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 51:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Jack Wilshere. Free kick taken by David Vaughan.
    • 49:49 Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by Elliot Grandin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
    • 48:25 Assist (pass) by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) from right side of penalty area.
    • 48:25 GOAL - Vassiriki DiabyArsenal 4 - 0 Blackpool Goal by Vassiriki Diaby (Arsenal) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Arsenal 4-0 Blackpool.
    • 47:17 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 46:51 Shot by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool). Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:00 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+0:32 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 45:00+0:21 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 44:56 Centre by Theo Walcott.
    • 42:22 Gael Clichy produces a cross, Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save. Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line, clearance by Alex Baptiste. Corner taken right-footed by David Vaughan, clearance by Marouane Chamakh.
    • 40:49 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks. Foul by Tomas Rosicky on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 38:30 Jack Wilshere provided the assist for the goal.
    • 38:30 GOAL - Theo WalcottArsenal 3 - 0 Blackpool Theo Walcott finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Blackpool.
    • 38:08 Foul by Jack Wilshere (Arsenal) on Elliot Grandin (Blackpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Charlie Adam (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 36:54 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks. Effort from the edge of the box by Andrey Arshavin goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • Correction - 36:02 Substitution Blackpool substitution: Ludovic Sylvestre replaced by Dekel Keinan (tactical).
    • Correction - 36:02 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Dekel Keinan coming on for Ludovic Sylvestre.
    • 36:02 Substitution Blackpool substitution: Ludovic Sylvestre replaced by Dekel Keinan (tactical).
    • 36:02 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 34:37 Vassiriki Diaby (Arsenal) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 34:01 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 33:38 Attacking throw-in by Ludovic Sylvestre (Blackpool).
    • 32:51 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • Correction - 30:25 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinArsenal 2 - 0 Blackpool Power penalty taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) (bottom-right of goal), scored.Arsenal 2-0 Blackpool.
    • Correction - 30:25 Sent off Ian Evatt (Blackpool) dismissed for professional foul.
    • 30:25 Assist by Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area.
    • 30:25 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinArsenal 2 - 0 Blackpool Power penalty taken right-footed by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) (bottom-right of goal), scored.Arsenal 2-0 Blackpool.
    • 30:25 Sent off Ian Evatt (Blackpool) dismissed for professional foul.
    • 30:25 Foul by Ian Evatt (Blackpool) on Marouane Chamakh (Arsenal).
    • 29:19 Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 28:18 Marlon Harewood (Blackpool) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • Correction - 26:37 Cross by Theo Walcott (Arsenal), resulting in ball out of play. Foul by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) on Craig Cathcart (Blackpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 26:37 The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Cathcart by Andrey Arshavin. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
    • 25:23 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 24:45 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 24:00 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 23:25 Marouane Chamakh produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 22:06 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save. Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
    • 19:50 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
    • 19:17 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 18:39 Shot by Tomas Rosicky from outside the box goes high over the target.
    • 17:56 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 17:38 Goal kick taken short by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 14:38 Foul by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool) on Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal). Free kick crossed right-footed by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) from left channel, resulting in open play. Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 14:33 Goal kick taken short by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
    • 14:12 Stephen Crainey delivers the ball, Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 13:48 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 13:42 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 11:52 Assist (pass) by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area.
    • 11:52 GOAL - Theo WalcottArsenal 1 - 0 Blackpool Goal by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).Arsenal 1-0 Blackpool.
    • 10:35 Foul by Alex Song on Elliot Grandin, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from right channel.
    • 9:58 Effort from 20 yards by David Vaughan. Save by Manuel Almunia.
    • 8:39 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 7:39 Elliot Grandin (Blackpool) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 5:33 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
    • 4:26 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.
    • 3:49 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 3:20 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 1:47 Marlon Harewood (Blackpool) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken left-footed by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) from own half, passed.
    • 0:18 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 0:00 The game begins.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 21 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 2 12 6
    2 Arsenal 2 6 4
    3 Bolton 2 2 4
    4 Birmingham 2 1 4
    5 Wolves 2 1 4
    6 Tottenham 2 1 4
    7 Aston Villa 1 3 3
    8 Man Utd 1 3 3
    9 Blackburn 2 0 3
    10 Blackpool 2 -2 3
    11 West Brom 2 -5 3
    12 Liverpool 1 0 1
    13 Fulham 1 0 1
    14 Man City 1 0 1
    15 Sunderland 2 -1 1
    16 Everton 2 -1 1
    17 Stoke 2 -2 0
    18 Newcastle 1 -3 0
    19 West Ham 2 -5 0
    20 Wigan 2 -10 0

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