Pre-Match Report

Blackpool v Arsenal: The Brief

It’s no surprise that Unai Emery knows about our proud history in the FA Cup.

A student of the game, our head coach rattled off our achievements in his pre-match press conference. He clearly admires the traditions of English football - and it doesn’t get more traditional than the FA Cup.

We’ve won three of the last five, of course, and a record 13 overall. And our consistency is mightily impressive - last season’s third-round exit was our first at this stage since 1996.

That was an away game at lower-league opposition - Nottingham Forest - and a similar challenge awaits on Saturday when we visit Blackpool for our second cup tie against the Seasiders this season.

This page has all the key pre-match content: the latest team news, goals from the archive, match stats, an exclusive interview with Unai and an expert view of the opposition.

Scroll down for all of that - and remember to follow the game with us on Arsenal Nation Live via Arsenal.com or the Arsenal app, with build-up and analysis also on Facebook.

The Breakdown - Blackpool
Emery quote - Blackpool
Dangerman - Blackpool
AN Live - Blackpool