Arsenal take on Blackpool in the third round of the FA Cup tomorrow, with Unai Emery looking to start the journey to another success in the great old competition.
The Gunners have lifted the famous trophy 13 times, more than any other club, and the Spaniard says that although he’s likely to use some fringe and youth players, his team selection will respect the cup and tomorrow’s opposition.
Speaking ahead of the game, the Spaniard said, “It’s a title and it’s a possibility for us to do something important.
“We are going to start that at Blackpool. We know them because we played against them and we have the respect. We’ll prepare for the match with this respect for them, but also respect for this competition.
“It’s a way to win a title. We want to play and have positive things with our supporters in this way.
“I want to take a team with the players being competitive. The team for Saturday is the same.
“Maybe we can share with some players who are playing less, or some young players, but thinking above all of finding a big performance there with our players.
“This is our idea at the beginning.”
The teams did meet earlier in the season, with Arsenal running out 2-1 winners in a Carabao Cup clash in October.
It’s likely to be a strange atmosphere tomorrow, with home fans continuing a long-running boycott in opposition to the club’s owners and they’ve sold just 2,500 tickets at this point. The away fans allocation of 5,000 has completely sold out.
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