Pre-Match Report

Arsenal v Blackpool: The Brief

The League Cup - in its various guises - has traditionally been a finishing school for our players. Indeed, of the 226 Arsenal debuts in the Premier League era, 91 have come in this competition.

There’s plenty of success stories in there but few as impressive as Unai Emery’s own professional debut.

Our head coach was 18 when he first appeared for San Sebastian in the Segunda Division in Spain. He scored after four minutes and his team cruised to a 3-1 win.

Fast forward a little over 28 years and Unai is the one handing out debuts rather than making them. Now, as we prepare to face Blackpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, he must decide whether to grant a youngster his first taste of the first team, or stick with the tried and tested.

You’re in the right place for a comprehensive pre-match briefing - including the latest team news. Scroll down for that, plus our chat with Unai, match stats, and a chance to predict how Wednesday’s game will unfold.

The Breakdown - Blackpool
Emery quote - Blackpool
Team News - Blackpool
The Dangerman - Blackpool
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