Blackpool 0-3 Arsenal: Matt Scrafton's player ratings from FA Cup third round defeat

Armand Gnanduillet looked the most likely to make something happen for Blackpool
Armand Gnanduillet looked the most likely to make something happen for Blackpool
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Blackpool put up a spirited fight despite exiting the FA Cup at the third round stage following their 3-0 defeat to Arsenal.

READ MORE: Terry McPhillips' thoughts on Blackpool's FA Cup defeat to Arsenal

Here's how Pool's players rated:

Mark Howard - 6

Made a strong save to stop Arsenal going three ahead before the break. Dealt a blow in the second half coming off with an injury.

Michael Nottingham - 6

Beaten for pace on a couple of occasions and missed Pool’s clearest chance with a side-footed effort at the back post.

Donervon Daniels - 6

Stretched by Arsenal’s dangerous frontline early on but improved as the game wore on. Used his physicality well.

Paudie O’Connor - 6

Caught out on a few occasions by Arsenal’s talented forward line. Missed the target with a header at the other end.

Marc Bola - 7

Showed plenty of attacking intent against his former club. Put one on a plate for Michael Nottingham who blazed well over.

Jay Spearing - 7

Constantly tracking back and picking up loose bits and pieces. Overrun at times in a tricky opening half.

Callum Guy - 6

Competed well against the talent of Aaron Ramsey but struggled to get himself in the game. Will look to push on in next few games.

Chris Taylor - 6

Involved in a couple of half chances in the first half before being replayed 15 minutes into the second half.

Liam Feeney - 6

Wrongly called offside when he was sent through on goal. Also failed to get the right contact on a curling effort at goal.

Nathan Delfouneso - 7

A constant danger down the flank and produced two or three dangerous crosses, but Pool didn’t utilise him enough.

Armand Gnanduillet - 7

Fired up early on and almost handed Pool the lead before Arsenal scored their opener. Worked tirelessly for the cause.

Subs used

Harry Pritchard - 6

For Taylor, 62

Disappointed with a couple of corner deliveries after coming on but had no real time to make an impact on the game.

Christoffer Mafoumbi - 6

For Howard, 69

Given plenty to do in the short time he was on the pitch. Made a good block before Arsenal’s third, which should have been ruled out.

Steve Davies - 6

For Gnanduillet, 83

Had little chance to help get Blackpool in the game, although it seemed strange Gnanduillet was brought off.

Subs not used: Nick Anderton, Joe Bunney, Ryan McLaughlin, John O’Sullivan

Arsenal: Cech, Lichsteiner, Jenkinson, Sokratis, Kolasinac (Medley), Elneny, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Willock, Iwobi (Saka), Nketiah (Lacazette)

Subs not used: Martinez, Torreira, Guendouzi, Smith Rowe