Blackpool V Arsenal - As it happened.
FT: BLACKPOOL 0-3 ARSENAL- A brace from youngster Joe Willock and another for Alex Iwobi seal a comfortable away win for the 'Gunners'. Hosts Blackpool can take spirit from their own performance this evening, as they had plenty of chances to get on the score sheet. Nevertheless, the Premier League's side quality showed and they advance to the next round.
FOUR MINUTES OF ADDITIONAL TIME TO BE PLAYED
CHANCE ARSENAL- The visitors race clear, and but for the quick thinking of substitute keeper Mafoumbi, they could have had a fourth goal of the evening.
CHANGE ARSENAL- Iwobi makes way for Bukayo Saka.
CHANCE ARSENAL- Iwobi races clear on goal, but selfishly shoots at the keeper instead of squaring the ball, and the hosts are saved from conceding another goal.
SECOND CHANGE ARSENAL- Medley replaces Kolasinac for the visitors.
GOOOAAALL ARSENAL! 3-0! Iwobi grabs the third goal of the game for the visitors, who are now safely through to the next round of the Cup. Ramsey breaks into the box and shoots, the effort is saved but Iwobi is on hand to tap into an empty net. Slightly dubious as the Nigerian appeared offside, but the goal stands.
ARSENAL GOAL RULED OUT- Willock is denied a hat trick by the linesman's flag.
CHANCE ARSENAL- the ball falls to the edge of the box and Kolasinac takes aim. Sadly the defender's effort flies high and wide of the target.
CORNER ARSENAL- The visitors have the chance to get the killer goal here...
CHANGE BLACKPOOL- Howard is forced off with an injury, so young stopper Mafoumbi comes on in his place.
CHANGE ARSENAL- Nketiah is replaced by experienced marksman Lacazette for the visitors.
CHANGE FOR BLACKPOOL- Pritchard replaces Taylor and immediately assumes corner duty.
CORNER BLACKPOOL- A strong run from Delfouneso forces Willock to put the ball out for a set piece.
CHANCE BLACKPOOL- Great play down the left hand side leads to the ball trickling through the width of the box, and Nottingham manages to get on the end of it and fire towards goal. Yet the strike is skewed badly and lands off target! A great chance to get a goal back there for the hosts! They won't get many more like that in this match.
YELLOW CARD ARSENAL- Kolasinac is cautioned for pulling the shirt of Nathan Delfouneso.
CHANCE BLACKPOOL- Nottingham takes aim, but can only drag his shot wide of the target.
FREE KICK ARSENAL- Iwobi is clipped and the visitors have a set piece.
And we are back underway in this FA Cup third round tie!
HT: BLACKPOOL 0- 2 ARSENAL- A brace from Joe Willock puts the 'Gunners' in control of the tie at the interval. A very entertaining first half of football, that produced a number of chances for both sides, but Arsenal's superior quality in attack sees them two goals to the good.
CHANCE ARSENAL- A long clearance bamboozles the Blackpool defence and Nketiah races through on goal. But for the smart reactions of hosts stopper Howard, the visitors would have been out of sight! That's a third clear chance for Nketiah without a goal!
The goals seems to have deflated the Blackpool players spirit. At one nil down the home side were more than capable of battling this young Arsenal outfit, but now the Premier League team have gotten the second, Blackpool appear to have lost a bit of confidence.
GOOOAAALL ARSENAL!! 2-0! Willock gets his second of the night! Jenkinson puts a low cross through the six yard box, and the youngster arrives at the back post at the right time to prod home! The Premier League side are in control now.
CHANCE BLACKPOOL- Feeney tries his luck with a curling effort, but once more Cech produces a strong save.
Wow! A very good showing so far from League One side Blackpool has made this a very entertaining spectacle! The hosts are taking the game to this heavily changed Arsenal side and are unlucky to have not got on the score sheet so far.
CHANCE ARSENAL- Iwobi works some room on the edge of the box, but can only drag his effort wide.
CHANCE BLACKPOOL- Delfouneso drives a cross through the box, but the ball just evades Taylor in the middle! So close to an equaliser there!
CHANCE BLACKPOOL- Taylor turns in the area and drives at goal, but Cech is more than equal to the effort.
CORNER BLACKPOOL- a chance for the hosts to flood the box.
OFFSIDE ARSENAL- Maitland-Niles breaks past the Blackpool back line but thankfully for the hosts, the flag has gone up and the attack is halted.
GOOOOAALLL ARSENAL!! 1-0! Willock! The set piece from Ramsey deflects of the wall and into the post, and young Willock is there to nod home the rebound to put the visitors ahead!
FREE KICK ARSENAL- Nketiah is bundled over and Arsenal have a chance to take aim at goal.
CHANCE ARSENAL- Maitland-Niles plays a great square ball across the box, but once more, Nketiah prods his effort wide! A golden chance for the opener there! That should have been 1-0 to the Premier League side.
CHANCE BLACKPOOL- Gnanduillet dribbles past a host of Arsenal defenders, and but for the intervention of the visitors stopper Cech, the League One side could have taken an early lead there!
CHANCE ARSENAL- Nketiah gets into the channel and has a first sight of goal, but he cannot get his low effort on target.
And we are underway at Bloomfield Road!
Just ten minutes until the match gets underway here. The teams have commenced warm ups and are ready to return to the dressing rooms for final preparations before they take to the field...
LATE CHANGE TO THE ARSENAL LINEUP= Defender Laurent Koscielny drops out of the squad and is replaced in the starting XI by Carl Jenkinson. Youngster Emile Smith Rowe steps up to be on the bench.
The teams are starting to arrive at the ground to begin their pre-match preparations...
The stage is set for today's tie! Predictably, the hosts Blackpool have fielded a strong lineup for this one, while visitors Arsenal opt to give a number of academy stars the chance to shine.
Next for the visitors, Arsenal: Cech; Lichtsteiner, Koscielny, Sokratis, Kolasinac, Elneny, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Iwobi, Nketiah.
Now for some team news, starting with hosts Blackpool: Howard; Nottingham, Daniels, O'Connor, Bola, Spearing, Guy, Taylor, Feeney, Delfouneso, Gnanduillet.
What did the respective managers have to say before today's match? Blackpool's Terry McPhillips said: "It's the Emirates FA Cup and it doesn't always go to plan". Meanwhile Unai Emery stated: "The FA Cup is an important part of our history, because the club has won it 13 times. I think we can give our supporters one more memory."
Before we announce the team news for today's clash, here's a little form guide for the two teams heading into the encounter.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the FA Cup third round tie between Blackpool and Arsenal from Bloomfield Road. Live build up, team news and text coverage to follow shortly...