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  • Date:10 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:13:30
  • Venue:Bloomfield Road
  • Attendance:16,030
  • Taylor-Fletcher (51)
  • Diaby (17) Eboue (20)
    van Persie (75)
Goal!

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92:30 +2.30

Corner taken left-footed by Andy Reid, clearance made by Vassiriki Diaby.

92:25 +2.25

Matt Phillips produces a cross, blocked by Gael Clichy.

90:41 +0.41

Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Stephen Crainey results in a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue restarts play with the free kick.

89:13

Jack Wilshere fouled by Ian Evatt, the ref awards a free kick. Theo Walcott has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.

87:59

Aaron Ramsey on for Francesc Fabregas.

87:26

Jack Wilshere challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

87:03

Sergey Kornilenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.

85:44

(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Kieran Gibbs coming on for Samir Nasri. Sergey Kornilenko on for Jason Puncheon.

85:11

Alex Baptiste delivers the ball, Ian Evatt takes a shot. Save by Jens Lehmann.

84:54

Stephen Crainey delivers the ball, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.

83:32

The ball is sent over by Matt Phillips, save made by Jens Lehmann.

81:57

Matt Phillips comes on in place of Keith Southern.

80:39

The referee blows for offside. Jens Lehmann restarts play with the free kick.

80:07

Centre by Robin van Persie, save by Richard Kingson.

79:17

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Francesc Fabregas misses to the left of the target.

79:02

Charlie Adam challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.

78:46

Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.

78:10

Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Save by Jens Lehmann.

75:23

Robin van Persie scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-3 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Theo Walcott.

74:28

Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

73:39

Theo Walcott is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Ian Evatt takes the indirect free kick.

72:58

Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

72:32

Gael Clichy delivers the ball, Richard Kingson manages to make a clearance.

71:45

Centre by Samir Nasri, clearance by Craig Cathcart.

68:36

Stephen Crainey goes into the book. Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Theo Walcott. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

67:49

Centre by Theo Walcott.

66:39

Effort from just outside the area by Alex Baptiste goes over the target.

66:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Theo Walcott. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.

66:00

Centre by Vassiriki Diaby, clearance by Ian Evatt.

65:29

Centre by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

64:07

Andy Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Francesc Fabregas. Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie from right channel, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

63:40

Keith Southern is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Keith Southern challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

63:22

Unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Andy Reid results in a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue takes the free kick.

61:22

Effort from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie misses to the right of the goal.

60:31

(Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Theo Walcott coming on for Andrey Arshavin. Dudley Campbell is caught offside. Jens Lehmann takes the free kick.

59:25

Luke Varney leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Reid.

58:30

The ball is sent over by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance made by Gael Clichy.

57:53

Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Robin van Persie.

57:23

Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

56:59

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Keith Southern.

56:35

The ball is crossed by Luke Varney, Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.

55:43

The ball is crossed by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Header from close in by Keith Southern misses to the left of the goal.

54:29

Shot by Jack Wilshere from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

53:54

Unfair challenge on Samir Nasri by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, save made by Richard Kingson.

53:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Puncheon on Francesc Fabregas. Direct free kick taken by Sebastien Squillaci.

52:30

Jack Wilshere goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

51:21

Gary Taylor-Fletcher fires in a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-2 Arsenal.

50:28

Robin van Persie sends in a cross, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

48:21

Luke Varney fouled by Emmanuel Eboue, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam sends in a cross, Close range shot by Luke Varney misses to the left of the target.

47:38

Ian Evatt is caught offside. Jens Lehmann takes the free kick.

47:00

Foul by Jack Wilshere on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance made by Vassiriki Diaby.

46:49 +1.49

Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal from long distance that misses to the right of the goal.

46:25

A cross is delivered by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

46:05

Jason Puncheon fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

45:54 +0.54

The ball is swung over by Luke Varney, Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Jens Lehmann makes a save.

45:23 +0.23

Vassiriki Diaby booked. Unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste by Vassiriki Diaby results in a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

45:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Emmanuel Eboue. Free kick taken by Emmanuel Eboue.

44:55

Jack Wilshere has a lobbed shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

43:45

Vassiriki Diaby challenges Gary Taylor-Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.

42:52

The ball is crossed by Emmanuel Eboue, Richard Kingson makes a save.

41:32

Jason Puncheon is adjudged to have handled the ball. Francesc Fabregas crosses the ball in from the free kick.

40:54

The offside flag is raised against Robin van Persie. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.

40:01

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

37:43

The referee blows for offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.

36:50

Shot by Samir Nasri from inside the penalty box bounces off the post.

36:36

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

34:30

Robin van Persie decides to take a short corner.

32:45

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.

31:00

Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Emmanuel Eboue results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from left wing, clearance made by Gael Clichy.

30:20

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Adam, Francesc Fabregas manages to make a clearance.

30:15

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.

26:41

Francesc Fabregas crosses the ball, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

24:00

The ball is crossed by Samir Nasri, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

23:43

Vassiriki Diaby produces a cross, Craig Cathcart makes a clearance.

20:39

Emmanuel Eboue finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 0-2 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Jack Wilshere.

17:33

Goal scored by Vassiriki Diaby from close range low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Arsenal.Assist by Robin van Persie.

16:35

Samir Nasri is caught offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.

16:19

Charlie Adam concedes a free kick for a foul on Vassiriki Diaby. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

16:01

Charlie Adam delivers the ball, clearance by Gael Clichy.

15:49

Charlie Adam sends in a cross.

15:38

Centre by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.

15:17

Unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Gael Clichy results in a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.

14:49

Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam from the left by-line, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Ian Evatt goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

14:29

Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

10:11

Centre by Luke Varney, save by Jens Lehmann.

9:31

Gary Taylor-Fletcher crosses the ball, save by Jens Lehmann.

7:56

Charlie Adam challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robin van Persie produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

6:47

The ball is delivered by Luke Varney.

5:56

Luke Varney sends in a cross, Sebastien Squillaci gets a block in.

5:21

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

5:11

The ball is swung over by Francesc Fabregas, clearance made by Craig Cathcart.

4:43

Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, clearance made by Charlie Adam.

4:34

Robin van Persie delivers the ball, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

3:57

The offside flag is raised against Dudley Campbell. Laurent Koscielny takes the free kick.

2:33

Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam to the near post, Close range headed effort by Ian Evatt misses to the right of the target.

2:29

Jason Puncheon crosses the ball, blocked by Sebastien Squillaci.

1:56

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam played to the near post, clearance made by Francesc Fabregas.

1:49

Alex Baptiste delivers the ball, blocked by Gael Clichy.

1:44

Gary Taylor-Fletcher crosses the ball, blocked by Gael Clichy.

Match Preview

Campbell back for Blackpool Blackpool have DJ Campbell back for the with Arsenal at Bloomfield Road after the striker completed his three-match suspension. Goalkeeper Matt Gilks, who was sidelined by a broken kneecap in November, has been playing for the reserves but Seasiders boss Ian Holloway does not feel the 28-year-old is ready yet for a return to first-team action. David Carney misses out again with a shoulder injury, for which he is to undergo surgery. Holloway has called upon Charlie Adam to maintain his form for the rest of the season to help keep Blackpool in the Barclays Premier League. Adam has been included on the shortlist of nominees for the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award. The Scotland midfielder has enjoyed a superb campaign so far, captaining a Seasiders team which has exceeded expectations following their promotion via the Championship play-offs last May. With seven fixtures to play Blackpool are currently just a point and a place above the relegation zone, and Holloway wants Adam - who is widely expected to leave Bloomfield Road in the summer - to underline his status as one of the stars of 2010-11 by driving Blackpool on to survival. "I've tried to say it all season, about how good I think he is," the manager said. "The reflection of it will be if we can stay up. "All of us connected with Blackpool are all very proud of how we've tried to play and Charlie has got a lot of the plaudits because he hits the sensational pass to one of his team-mates, who normally does quite well with it. "I have got a few more games left with him and he is still contracted for next year, so until anything changes in that, he has got to pull his socks up and keep us up." Arsenal will hand England winger Theo Walcott (ankle) a late fitness test. Full-back Bacary Sagna also has a knee problem and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Bloomfield Road, but Aaron Ramsey (groin) should return. Denilson (toe) remains out, while defenders Johan Djourou (shoulder), Thomas Vermaelen (Achilles) and keeper Wojciech Szczesny (finger) continue their rehabilitation.

Formation:433Manager: Ian Holloway

Blackpool

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Richard Kingson
  • Alex Baptiste
  • Ian Evatt
  • Craig Cathcart
  • Stephen Crainey
  • Charlie Adam
  • Keith Southern
  • Gary Taylor-Fletcher
  • Jason Puncheon
  • Dudley Campbell
  • Luke Varney
  • SUBS
  • Paul Rachubka
  • Neal Eardley
  • Brett Ormerod
  • Matt Phillips
  • Sergey Kornilenko
  • Andy Reid
  • James Beattie

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Match Report

Gunners maintain challenge Arsenal's victory cut Manchester United's lead at the top to seven points with a 3-1 win at Blackpool on an afternoon that started dramatically with Arsene Wenger forced to hand a last-minute place to veteran Jens Lehmann after Manuel Almunia injured his knee in the warm-up. Abou Diaby and Emmanuel Eboue put Arsenal into a commanding position at Bloomfield Road but Gary Taylor-Fletcher replied as relegation-threatened Blackpool played for their top-flight lives. Taylor-Fletcher felt he was denied a penalty but Van Persie made victory safe for Arsenal after 76 minutes. The afternoon started in dramatic fashion as Almunia injured his knee in the warm-up and manager Arsene Wenger was forced to turn to 41-year-old Lehmann. It was an unexpected 200th appearance in a Gunners jersey for the German, who was recently coaxed out of retirement to provide emergency cover in the title run-in. Lehmann had little to do in the first half as Arsenal, with captain Cesc Fabregas also back in their starting line-up, overpowered the struggling Tangerines. Blackpool had an early chance when Ian Evatt headed over from a Charlie Adam corner but after that it appeared Arsenal had no intention of suffering a repeat of their last week's Blackburn stalemate. Andrey Arshavin both Van Persie put early shots over before Richard Kingson rushed out to deny Samir Nasri. It quickly became one-way traffic and the Gunners carved open the Blackpool defence with ease to claim a 17th-minute lead. Fabregas picked out Van Persie with a superb cross-field ball and the Dutchman crossed for Diaby to sidefoot home from close range. They grabbed a second just three minutes later as Eboue played a neat one-two into the box with Jack Wilshere and then blasted past Kingson. Blackpool enjoyed a little spell of possession but were unable to test Lehmann and Van Persie had the next chance when controlled another long Fabregas pass and shot at Kingson. Kingson needed to be alert again to block an effort by the fleet-footed Nasri after more slick football by the Gunners. Nasri had another opportunity seconds later when the ball was lobbed back into the box by Fabregas but his volley hit the bottom of the post. Van Persie took the ball past the outrushing Kingson to set up Diaby but Stephen Crainey got back to tackle. Some Blackpool fans thought Adam had pulled one back immediately after the restart but his long-range free-kick had struck the side-netting. The hosts, however, had realised they had little to lose by taking the game to Arsenal and did reply after 52 minutes. Luke Varney was fouled but play proceeded and Jason Puncheon played in Campbell. The striker appeared to be fouled by Lehmann as he closed in on goal but the ball ran on for Taylor-Fletcher to fire home. Blackpool were inspired and poured forward again. Manager Ian Holloway was furious his side were denied a penalty when Taylor-Fletcher went down under a Laurent Koscielny challenge. Taylor-Fletcher then headed wide as Blackpool maintained the pressure but Van Persie shot across the face of goal at the other end. Arsenal made the game safe 14 minutes from time as they quickly turned defence into attack. Campbell shaped to shoot for Blackpool but Sebastien Squillaci won possession and Fabregas released substitute Theo Walcott down the right. Blackpool struggled to get back and Walcott crossed low into the box and Van Persie made no mistake in front of goal. Blackpool tried to set up a tight finish but Evatt headed at Lehmann and the Gunners eased to the final whistle.

Form Guide

    DWLLDL
  • Blackpool
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • DWWDDD

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 6 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 21/08/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 20/03/1971
  • Blackpool
  • 0 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 07/11/1970
  • Blackpool
  • 0 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 21/01/1967
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 1
  • Blackpool
  • 17/09/1966
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • Blackpool
  • 05/03/1966

Top Scorers

Blackpool

  • D Campbell 9
  • L Varney 5
  • G Taylor-Fletcher 4
  • C Adam 3
  • DO Vaughan 2
  • A Baptiste 2
  • J Puncheon 2
  • B Ormerod 1
  • I Evatt 1
  • E Grandin 1
  • C Cathcart 1
  • N Eardley 1
  • M Phillips 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 10
  • S Nasri 8
  • M Chamakh 7
  • T Walcott 7
  • A Arshavin 5
  • A Song 4
  • F Fabregas 3
  • N Bendtner 2
  • L Koscielny 2
  • S Squillaci 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • J Djourou 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Goals

Blackpool

    • Total goals 108
    • Goals per game 45
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 11 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 15 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 122
    • Goals per game 59
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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