Another chance to see Arsenal play against lower league opposition in Blackpool of League One.
After two home games that I have missed because I was at home with Claire after her hip op, it's nice to be able to get to a game. Even one in the Carabao Cup where the Arsenal team will be made up of mostly the second string players.
Although last night the U21 side went away to League Two Cheltenham and got their arses roundly kicked, So a lesson to be learned.
This week it has turned cold although as "Two Jumpers" Devall I expect it to not be too bad. I do have a coat in case it rains!
What should have been a formality became the usual nervous breakdown inducing Arsenal display. Down to ten men after the referee gave Guendouzi two yellow cards, the first a little harsh as his first tackle.
But at 2-0 it should have been plain sailing but Blackpool sensed that with an extra man they could do seething and they did. A mistake at the back and O'Connor headed them back into it. Then it was a matter of seeing the game out. Aubameyang and was fouled later by O'Connor and after the VAR ref was consulted he saw a straight red.
So debut goals by Lichsteiner and Smith-Rowe were enough to earn a last-eight game at home to Tottenham Hotspur. Our "local" rivals in North London.