BOLA’S CHUFFED TO MAKE MARC AT EMIRATES
MARC Bola never had the chance to turn out on the green grass of the Emirates Stadium as a Gunner, so he certainly made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday night.
Bola impressed at leftback as his Blackpool side gave Arsenal a scare in their Carabao Cup fourth round match-up, with the Premier League giants holding on to the slimmest of 2-1 wins.
The 20-year-old fullback had come through the ranks in N5 but was released in the summer before promptly being picked up by the Tangerines.
You’d be forgiven for thinking, then, that the occasion might prove daunting for Bola, but in fact the comfort of facing up against former teammates proved to have the opposite effect.
“It felt a bit like training because I’ve known these boys for so long,” he said.
“It was just good to get out there at my dream club. It was a good experience for me.
“We hung in the game and we were applying pressure, so I think they had to make changes.
“We did really well and we’re pleased with ourselves.
“It was a good experience for all the boys and I’m just proud to have been on the pitch to play against my old club.”
Arsenal had to call on the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lucas Torreira from the bench after Blackpool had threatened an equaliser in north London.
Paudie O’Connor’s second-half header had made things interesting, but his straight red card with the game nearing its conclusion took the sting out of Blackpool’s tail.
But Bola stressed that the League One side should be proud of their performance, despite the defeat.
“We are pleased with ourselves to do as well as we did,” he added.
EXPERIENCE: Marc Bola