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Sunday, 22 August 2010

Arsenal hit Blackpool for six as Walcott grabs a hat trick

Theo Walcott scored his first club hat trick of his career as Arsenal gave Blackpool a reality check by beating them 6-0 in Arsenal's first home game of the season.

Arsenal had started off with more of the ball and that showed when they got their first real chance of the game. Arshavin on the edge of the box found Walcott inside the box who gave Arsenal a 1-0 lead inside 12 minutes.

Blackpool got their first chance minutes later but Taylor Fletcher missed the opportunity to get an equaliser for the away side.

Walcott then got another chance to carve Blackpool open. He got the chance to cross and found Arshavin but Gilks in the Blackpool goal made a great save to keep the score at 1-0.
Moments later Walcott turned provider again as he found Chamakh who must of thought he had scored his first competative goal for the Gunners but he saw his shot go inches wide.

The Arsenal got their penalty after Evatt fouled Chamakh in what appeared to be just outside the box but the referee gave a penalty and sent Evatt off for a professional foul. Arshavin stepped up to take the penalty and scored to make it 2-0.

Then with about 10 minutes left in the first half Walcott grabbed Arsenal's 3rd and his 2nd of the game. Wilshire found him inside the box and he was allowed to turn and then fire into the back of the Blackpool net.
Just before half time Chamakh had another great opportunity to grab a goal after Clichy crossed from the left but again the Blackpool keeper made a great save to keep the score at 3-0.

The score at half time was 3-0.

4 minutes into the second half Arsenal scored their fourth after Sagna broke forward from right back and crossed to Diaby who scored the goal on the half volley.

9 minutes later Arsenal grabbed their 5th of the game. The goal was Theo Walcott's hat trick. Walcott dashed into the box after beating 2 players and fired the ball past Gilks.

Chamakh then missed a chance which looked easier to score from than miss. Arshavin providing the ball from the left to Chamakh who missed from about 4 yards out!

Just after that chance when Blackpool thought it could not get any worse the Gunners brought on Fabregas and Van Persie.

Chamakh then finally grabbed his first Premier League goal for the Gunners. Van Persie delivered the ball in from the corner and Chamakh leapt up the highest to give Arsenal the 6-0 lead.

The final score ended Arsenal 6-0 Blackpool.

The teams lineups:

Arsenal: Almunia, Sagna, Vermaelen, Song, Clichy, Arshavin(63), Rosicky, Walcott(66), Wilshire, Diaby(63), Chamakh.
Subs: Fabianski, Eboue, Djourou, Gibbs, Fabregas(63), Vela(66), Van Persie(63).

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Evatt, Cathcart, Sylvestre(37), Crainey, Grandin, Adam, Vaughan, Taylor-Fletcher(57), Harewood(57).
Subs: Halstead, Eardley, Basham, Edwards, Keinan(37), Demontagnac(57), Ormerod(57).

My man of the match: Theo Walcott

Mike Jones
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