Report: Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool hat-trick from Theo Walcott and goals from Arshavin, Diaby and Chamakh handed Arsenal a comprehensive win over Blackpool in the campaign’s first home game on Saturday.

Walcott put Arsenal in front after 12 minutes, finishing off a fine one-touch move by Rosicky and Arshavin. The visitors were still lingering but Chamakh created a spot kick opportunity for Arsenal after the half-hour mark and Arshavin dispatched the penalty.

And it was 3-0 before half-time as Walcott sharply turned away from defenders and struck past Blackpool’s goalkeeper. Minutes into the second-half, Sagna raced onto the right and teed up Diaby who delightfully volleyed the ball home.

Walcott then completed a hat-trick, weaving his way through the box and placing the ball home with his left foot. Marouane Chamakh then made sure he got on the score sheet with a trademark header off Van Persie’s corner-kick later on.

Business had been done in style.

Almost 3,000 Blackpool fans – packed into the newly renamed Clock End – had made the long journey south, perhaps more in hope than genuine expectation of another shock result.

However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had warned against underestimating the threat of the Barclays Premier League new boys, and Ian Holloway’s men certainly started with no fear.

Blackpool broke quickly and David Vaughan tried his luck from 20 yards but shot straight at Manuel Almunia.

However, Arsenal were soon in front.

Arshavin fed Chamakh down the left, and the free transfer signing from Bordeaux quickly laid the ball off to Tomas Rosicky, who in turn rolled a pass on to the advancing Russian. With the Blackpool defence stretched, Arshavin put Walcott clear into the right side of the penalty area, and he dispatched a first-time strike into the bottom corner in the 12th minute.

It was a vintage Arsenal goal but the hosts were almost caught cold immediately afterwards.

Stephen Crainey sent over a lovely cross from the left, which dropped to Gary Taylor-Fletcher at the far post but his downward header was just wide.

Walcott scampered away again down the right, before cleverly delaying his centre into the path of Arshavin, who crashed a half-volley goalwards, but Seasiders goalkeeper Matthew Gilks made a fine reaction save. Chamakh almost rolled an 18-yard shot into the far corner after some more good work from Walcott on the edge of the area.

Arsenal were awarded a penalty in the 32nd minute when Evatt slid in from behind on Chamakh.

Referee Mike Jones pointed to the spot and went straight to his pocket for the red card. Arshavin stepped up to drive the ball into the bottom right corner. It was now a case of damage limitation for Blackpool, who brought on new signing Dekel Keinan, the Israel defender, for striker Ludovic Sylvestre.

A brilliant block from Gilks prevented Chamakh from making it 3-0, before, in the 38th minute, Walcott turned Keinan on the penalty spot and drilled the ball into the far corner.

Busy Blackpool goalkeeper Gilks saved Chamakh’s near-post effort from Gael Clichy’s left-wing cross. However, he was picking the ball out of the net again four minutes after the restart when Diaby swept in Bacary Sagna’s centre.

Walcott completed his hat-trick in the 58th minute when he curled the ball inside the far post after being fed by Diaby. Arshavin squared for Chamakh in the six-yard box, but the ball took a bounce just ahead of reaching the Moroccan striker, who shinned it over.

As the hour mark passed, Arsenal introduced Fabregas and Van Persie, replacing Diaby and Arshavin, to a standing ovation before Walcott was also given a well-deserved rest.

Chamakh got a home Barclays Premier League debut goal when he headed in Van Persie’s corner seven minutes from time.

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22 thoughts on “Report: Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool

  1. Not going to get too carried away with a 6-0 thumping of 10 men Blackpool. But it was nice to see the chemistry between Chamakh/Arshavin/Walcott/Rosicky.

    I think it was very important for Chamakh to break his duck late after being snake-bit all match.

    Cesc got some time as did Robin.

    No injuries…defence had a day off at the shop.

    It’s all good…moving on to next week to Blackburn and an early start.

    Time to keep this rock a rollin’!!!

    1. Only got in about 10 mins b4 kick off but what i saw was pretty rubbish. Some half-arsed fireworks and thats about it.

  2. Now what u guys like to tell about walcott? his performance answered all your thought about him… 🙂

  3. Still needs to develop a “football brain”.

    Saw at least 3-4 times he shot when he should’ve passed and passed when he should’ve shot.

    Walcott is a loooooooooong way from the finished product.

    But yeah…his finishing was tight today.
    Now…can he build on it with a decent run of matches??

    That is the million dollar question??

    1. Yes and your brain is very loooooooooooong way from your thinking.. You’re not even better than spuds’ fans..

      1. LOL…let me guess…your wearing your Theo Walcott kit right now!?!?

        What a TOOL…you ask the question…and then want to get pissy when someone answers it.

        Don’t waste my time.

    2. Develop a “football brain”? Not only did he score a hat trick, but Theo could’ve had three assists if Chamakh or Arshavin had finished better. Those three passes led to two saves and a third shot dragged just wide of the post. Plus, he had at least two excellent crosses which only needed a decent touch to result in a goal. I agree that Theo isn’t the finished product but this was a man of the match performance and probably his best match ever.

  4. I’m wearing my Walcott strip, watching Grey’s Anatomy in bed with the Mrs with beers & going to Greece tomorrow for a week in the sun! Brilliant day!!! Well done the Gunners

  5. Ok. Theo was impressive BUT ít’s obvious he wont be playin like that when playin against chelsea,barca,manu etc etc… Blackpool is a poor team so it should be normal for us to beat them 6-0.

    And chamakh. Oh my days…. he should’ve scored atleast 2 or 3. He is definitely not same class as vpersie, torres or drogba. I really think chamakh is just another average player like bendtner, except for his very good heading skills.
    Tell me if im wrong, and chamakh please prove me wrong.

  6. 6-0 and could have been more. Anyway,no complains..glad to see Chamakh scoring a goal after all his great contributions on the pitch.

  7. Henry…

    True Chamakh should have potted 2-3 today.
    BUT…i like how he has a scowl on his face after missing AND he never hangs his head. Just keeps plugging away and in the end he was rewarded.

    Think you’re being a little harsh on the lad considering he got an assist on the Reina howler and did score today.

    He’s just pressing a tad too much…i think now that he has netted…he can relax and just let it flow.

    I feel big things are in store for him in the Gunner kit…seriously.

  8. TR7 was MOTM for me hands down!the little mozart played the orchestra he is back!!!thats the difference between him and nasri is that he is far more stay fit!…theo looks improved and those who say he doesn’t perform in big games think again:pool cl,milan away cl,croatia hattrick,barca home,chavs cc final…ask messi about how theo rattled pique and co.i’m not his biggest fan so he now needs consistency and staying fit.

  9. Rosicky’s contributions at both Anfield and Emirates are invaluable. Keep it up and keep it coming..cheer!

  10. The thing about arsenal is dat our best players keep on gettin injured. Me personally think dat the only way we can win Premiership or CL is dat our key players stay fit throughout the season which is quite unlikely. I dont think players like bendtner,vela,djorou,and denilson are goin to win us anythin.

    – My hear says arsenal will win epl and cl but my brain says they wont.

  11. Hendry..

    You got a point there about the injuries but I sincerely hope that this season might be different. By the way, it helps to have a big squad.

  12. A good day against a pomoted team – kind of a good “dress rehearsal’ Don,t get caried away keep your heaads down guys – work hard and keep injury free – with Cesc and Robin and a few others back it begins to look good. But lets keep working!!

  13. Well done Gunnerss This is how u put away teams like this. Room for improvement but going in a good direction.

  14. How did Jacky look? Did he have a better game than last? Good to see that he’s getting some much needed 1st team experience.

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