By Nick Teale
On Saturday, April 29, 2000, Blackpool were relegated to English football's fourth tier, the lowest level of professional football in the country. Just ten years later, they won a remarkable promotion to the Premier League.
Having defeated Cardiff City in the play-off final at Wembley in May, they began their top-flight campaign with a headline-grabbing 4-0 victory at Wigan last weekend.
And, according to Steve Canavan of the Blackpool Gazette, they could well impress at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
"I really fancy Blackpool to score. I think the way Arsenal play could suit Blackpool on the break. However, it could be 6-1. I don't think they'll win but the Seasiders could give Arsenal something to think about going forward. Arsenal are overwhelming favourites and should win but Blackpool could come away having impressed a few people. They are underrated and underestimated, especially by those who didn't see them play last season."
STORY SO FAR
"To start at Wigan by winning 4-0 was incredible. It was the club's best away win 23 years, so the mood has obviously been good all week. The fans had a look of disbelief on their faces at Wigan. Nobody expected Blackpool to be in the Premier League in the first place but they earned it, they are here on merit and were very good last season. They really deserved it and the football they played was a joy to watch - I'm sure Arsène Wenger would approve of it."
"They just attack, they don't really know how to defend! They play a 4-3-3 but the front three consists of a front man down the middle - Marlon Harewood - and then two very wide players hugging the touchline with a tight midfield three. They tend to play a lot of diagonal passes out wide to get behind the full backs. They cause a lot of teams problems but they can get caught on the break, which will be a big concern at Arsenal. So they might be a little bit narrower on Saturday."
THE ONE TO WATCH
Charlie Adam came from Rangers and scored 17 goals from central midfield last season and really is the lynchpin of the team. All the moves start with him, he's a great passer of the ball and likes to get his shots off. It's a big challenge for him this season, you could see he was up for it at Wigan because people have expressed doubts as to whether the can make the step up from the Championship to the Premier League. He'll stand out against teams like Wigan but will he be able to shine against Arsenal? We'll have to wait and see."
MAN OF THE MOMENT
"Elliot Grandin plays wide left and is very fast. He's a French lad who was playing for CSKA Sofia when Blackpool signed him earlier in the summer. The fans didn't have a clue what to expect from him but at Wigan he was a bit of a revelation. His skill, pace and power was something to behold and he played a part in a couple of the goals and could have scored himself."
"This week they've signed an Israeli international - Dekel Keinan, a centre back to add to the six deals already done this summer. They are after several other players and Brett Pitman from Bournemouth has been heavily linked with the club. They are looking to get young players in, Ian Holloway will go outside of the Premier League to create a young, strong, hungry side who will put them in a strong position to come back up if they do go down."