Blackpool 1-3 Arsenal
Taylor-Fletcher 52 Diaby 18
Van Persie 76
Arsenal kept their EPL title hopes alive with this curate’s egg of a performance against struggling Blackpool.
They could have been four-up after 45 minutes, as they cut through Blackpool at will.
But the Tangerines nearly grabbed a stoppage-time goal, scored after the break and had Arsenal in disarray before the visitors regained their composure and added a third clinching goal.
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Abou Diaby finished Robin Van Persie’s left-wing cross from six yards to give Arsenal an 18th-minute lead. And three minutes later, Emanuel Eboue doubled their advantage with a rasping left-foot drive after a one-two with Jack Wilshere.
Samir Nasri and Robin Van Persie both brought fine saves from Blackpool keeper Richard Kingson, and Nasri hit the post as Arsenal poured forward.
But 41-year-old late replacement keeper Jens Lehmann saved from DJ Campbell before the break and only avoided dismissed for a 52nd-minute lunge on Campbell because the loose ball was swept home by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
Taylor-Fletcher was denied a penalty moments later after being upended by Laurent Koscielny. And Keith Southern missed a glorious headed opportunity on 56 minutes.
But Arsenal hit a breakaway third goal when substitute Theo Walcott’s run and square ball gave Van Persie a 76th-minute tap-in.
Tags: Arsenal, Blackpool, Abou Diaby, Emanuel Eboue, Robin Van Persie