Arsenal squeeze past Blackpool after Mattéo Guendouzi’s dismissal

Arsenal got a scare from spirited Blackpool before creeping into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals. The hosts seemed at ease when Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith-Rowe put them two goals up, but Mattéo Guendouzi received a red card before Paudie O’Connor scored for the League One visitors. Arsenal, especially Petr Cech, endured jittery moments before O’Connor was sent off six minutes from time and Blackpool’s threat subsided.

The abundant empty seats suggested many Arsenal regulars found better things to do on a chilly Halloween night than watch a seemingly predictable contest: Arsenal, even with an improvised side, would dispose of lower league hopefuls with minimum ado, right?

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