Do Arsenal have the bottle to batter Blackpool?

By Avenell Dave

It's the first home game of the season, Arsenal remain unbeaten (!) and we can look forward to a nice easy afternoon stroll against inferior opposition, right?

Wrong.

The Emirates Stadium is still not the fortress it should be - we've lost too many games there and have had too few magical matches to develop the character that our new home has to have.

Are teams scared of turning up in N5? I don't think so.

The unveiling of the new clock today is the latest in a number of initiatives, such as the renaming of the awful quadrants to the stand names we enjoyed at Highbury, that will provide more of a legacy as time goes on.

But the most important thing today is to get three points, to sweep Blackpool aside and remind them that they're playing with the big boys now.

Remember Hull City a couple of season ago?

We toiled a bit, picked up our game and scored a goal and then relaxed, losing 2-1 against a team who should never have been in contention.

We simply cannot let that happen again.

Do we have the application, the professionalism and the talent to batter Blackpool?

Of course we do.

But at the same time, do the likes of Andrey Arshavin, Abou Diaby and even Theo Walcott have the concentration and determination to do to the Tangerines what the Ch*vs did to WBA last weekend?

This is the sort of game we should enjoy because we win with ease and do our goal difference a bit of good at the same time.

This is not the game to push us to the limits and make us wonder if it's going to be deja vu all over again this season.

The loss of Samir Nasri is of course a blow, but we still have plenty of talent to make this a straightforward afternoon.

Those who faced Hull almost two years ago should remind the new faces that no such result can be allowed to happen again.

We need every player to compete and to fight.

Expecting to turn up and walk over the opposition without earning the right to play just cannot be contemplated.

A clean sheet and a few goals please, lads.

We are, after all, The Arsenal.