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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. The Gunners secured their place in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals where they will face north London rivals Tottenham after goals from Stephan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith Rowe either side of the break at the Emirates. Paudie O’Connor, who was later sent off, pulled one back for Blackpool in the 66th minute before the visitors looked to have found an equaliser as Cech was dispossessed by Jay Spearing inside his penalty area.
However, Nathan Delfouneso received the ball from Spearing in an offside position and referee David Coote disallowed the goal much to the relief of Arsenal’s veteran ‘keeper. Asked about Cech’s error after the win, Emery replied: ‘It’s normal, the centre backs when they are with the ball and have pressure from the opposition, they need to play with the goalkeeper and continue building up our attacking moments.
‘I want to give them confidence, give them calm and it’s true after today with this mistake, the supporters also, as the ball is arriving to him, it is better to continue supporting him and other players confidence to continue our style and our idea on the game. ‘He has experience and also he can good and we are going to continue with this idea with security and confidence.’
Emery is looking forward to his first ever north London derby and believes Arsenal’s home support can give them the advantage over Spurs. ‘We are here to do one thing in this title and we are going to play against the big teams,’ the Spaniard said.
‘I think this is the moment also to play the first derby against Tottenham. For us, it’s different if we play away or if we play here at home. ‘I think it’s important for us to play here with our supporters at Emirates. I think this is the moment for both clubs, a great moment, but only one can win.’