2018-19 English FA Cup, 3rd Round
  • Joe Willock (11', 37')
  • Alex Iwobi (82')

Arsenal teen Willock scores two in FA Cup win against Blackpool

Joe Willock's two first-half goals sent Arsenal on their way to an easy 3-0 win against Blackpool in the FA Cup third round on Saturday night.

Arsenal had an interesting trip to the ground after a Blackpool supporter climbed on top of the Premier League side's bus, delaying its departure and arrival to Bloomfield Road. The unidentified man was talked down by police and arrested for "suspicion of an offence under the Trade Union Act," according to a statement.

On the field, Arsenal wasted no time gaining the upper hand on their League One opponents, with Willock heading the visitors in front in the 11th minute when an Aaron Ramsey free kick fell to him in front of goal after smashing off the far post.

Teenager Willock then doubled Arsenal's lead with his second goal, smashing home a shot from a Carl Jenkinson cross that took a fortuitous bounce and found him at the back post to make it 2-0 at half-time.

Neither side looked much like scoring after the break, but Alex Iwobi did add further gloss to the scoreline in the 82nd minute, poking home from close range after a mixup in front of Blackpool's goal as the match ended 3-0.

"It's a brilliant day for me on a personal note but I'm proud of how we did as a team as well. I don't think the scoreline reflects how well we played," Willock said after the match.

"The linesman crushed my dreams with the hat trick but that's football and hopefully I can get another opportunity soon. Hopefully the boss keeps believing in me."