It was always going to be a long day for newly promoted Blackpool, but after one of their defenders was sent off for a foul in the box (resulting in a penalty score by Andrei Arshavin) before the end of the first half, the rest of the game was a failed exercise in damage control. Arsenal ran rampant, with a particularly impressive performance by Theo Walcott, who scored a hat-trick. It was good to see Walcott looking so hungry, and making consistently good decisions with his shots and passes. Among other Gunners who impressed, I thought both Jack Wilshire and Abu Diaby had better games than last week against Liverpool. Chamakh used his head to score his first goal as a Gunner. Alex Song, normally a defensive midfielder, deputized effectively in the central defense alongside Vermaelen.
The only real disappointment for Arsenal was the continued sketchy play of Andrei Arshavin, who, despite, his goal, still seemed not quite up to match speed, and made several bad passes.