Arsenal to face Tottenham in EFL Cup quarter-finals

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"I have had a good rest and watched football a lot".

Emery added that he will select a "mix" of youngsters and first-team players against Blackpool, who are now 12th in League One.

Arsenal will need to find a way of containing the 26-year-old, and injuries to left-backs Nacho Monreal and Sead Kolasinac will likely complicate matters.

Blackpool beat QPR 2-0 in the third round to set up a meeting with Arsenal, but lost 3-2 to local rivals Fleetwood on Saturday.

The home side continued cruising until Guendouzi saw red for a second booking shortly thereafter ('56) before proceedings were further disrupted when Paudie O'Connor headed home a corner to pull one back for the Tangerines ('66).

It could well leave the Gunners somewhat unstable, particularly in the wide areas, if the two full-backs fail to recover in time-and with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri showing impressive form of late.

Unai Emery has called for supporters to rally behind Petr Cech following the goalkeeper's embarrassing mistake in Arsenal's 2-1 victory over Blackpool.

After those comments, Arsenal finally explained to the Welshman why he would not be offered a new deal at the weekend - a decision that the Mail say was in line with the Gunners' long-term interests over financial health. Here are the player ratings from the 2-1 win.

In the Premier League, Manchester United and Chelsea have been tipped with an interest, while European giants Juventus and Bayern Munich also have the midfielder on their radar.