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'It's unbelievable... I watched this cup as a kid'

Joe Willock won't forget Saturday, January 5, 2019 in a hurry.

The 19-year-old became the first teenager to score for us in the Emirates FA Cup since 2010 when netting his second and third Arsenal goals in Saturday's 3-0 win at Blackpool.

After the game, Willock looked back on a memorable evening. Here's what he told Arsenal Player:

on a convincing win on a special day for him…
Yeah, it was a special day for the boys and for me on a personal note. I’m happy to get the win and push on to the next round and also happy to get the two goals I got, so it was good.

on the key for the win…
Digging deep really, and not showing frailties, not showing weakness or that we weren’t able to deal with the high balls or the contact football. We showed that we could deal with every aspect they brought to us. Our quality came through in the end.

on how it feels to score two…
It’s unbelievable and a dream come true. I always watched this cup as a young kid and to score in it today and help us go to the next round, it’s unbelievable.

on if he thought for a second he’d be going home with the matchball…
Yeah I did, but that’s how football is. You have to get up and look at the next opportunity. It was a bit of a disappointing one but I’m [more] happy we got the win really.

on taking his chances in the team…
I’m just working hard in training, listening to the boss, every day he’s giving me advice. I’m trying to make a big impact whenever I play - that’s my main objective.

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‘Joe, Eddie and Bukayo all did so well’

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Six Arsenal Academy graduates featured for us in Saturday’s Emirates FA Cup win over Blackpool - while Mark Howard and Marc Bola also started for the hosts.

One of those six, Joe Willock, stole the headlines with two goals against the Seasiders, and Alex Iwobi was delighted with how well our youngsters performed at Bloomfield Road.

on the game…
Yes, we knew it was going to be difficult and it's not like the Emirates where it's a big pitch! It's all tight and compact, but we managed and we were able to focus on the game and do well.

on the attack having a lot of pace…
It's good that we have youngsters like Joe and Eddie who came in and did well. Even Bukayo Saka who came on, we have a lot of pace in the team. It's one for the manager, there's going to be a lot of headaches for who he has to play if we keep on fighting for positions and getting three goals like today.

on killing off the game…
We have to try and get as many goals as we can and make it as comfortable as we can. We knew it was going to be hard, Blackpool are a good team. They fight well and they win aerial duels and we knew we were going to be up against it but we managed and as you said we dug deep to get the result.

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Willock - I thought I’d scored a hat-trick!

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Saturday was another night to remember for Joe Willock.

The Hale End graduate became our first teenager to score in the Emirates FA Cup since January 2010 with two goals against Blackpool, but was denied a first professional hat-trick by the linesman.

Willock was asked about his goals and the offside decision after the match. This is what he had to say:

on enjoying the match...
Yes, it was a good night for me but not only for me, for the team. We dug deep and in the second half it was not as easy as the first half. We played well.

on whether he thought he had scored a hat-trick…
Yes, I thought I had a hat-trick but the linesman took it away from me. That's how football is sometimes!

on whether he is looking to impress the manager…
Yes, I'm preparing myself every day in training and competing with the best players in the world. It's the best thing I can do and I'm trying to make sure that I can get in the team.