Arsenal v Blackburn live!

04 October 2009 12:51
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90+3 Diaby strides forward but his shot is blocked. Walcott nearly latches on to a pass but is just too long.

90+2 Is there another goal in this?! Walcott has a shot after good link up play with Bendtner but Robinson saves well.

90+1 Walcott puts it across goal but there's no-one at the far post for Arsenal.

Bendtner scores a wonderful sixth! Great finish from outside of the box, in off the post!

89 Song heads straight at Robinson from the corner and then Gallas goes down in the box. No penalty.

88 Bedntner plays a one-two with Van Persie and Chimbonda concedes a corner.

87 Diaby gets put through on goal but he is called offside.

86 Di Santo nearly has a chance in the box but Vermalen cleared before he could shoot.

84 Blackburn try and get another goal but Arsenal snuff out the attack. Bendtner comes forward at the other end but his cross is intercepted.

83 Robinson comes charging out to clear after Ramsey put Walcott in.

82 200/1 for a 6-2 victory at the start of the game!

81 Walcott has a great chance but Givet hacks his scuffed shot off the line!

81 Arsenal are coasting here but Sagna's pass forward is intercepted.

80 Bendtner has a great chance but he hits the shot straight at Robinson.

79 Robinson comes out well to claim the ball at the feet of Bendtner.

78 Neither defence has been on form today, and Arsenal's attacks have been world class. Are we going to see another goal?

77 Fabregas was immense today and he goes off to a standing ovation.

76 Fabregas comes off for Ramsey and Bendtner comes on for Arshavin

Walcott bags the fifth after a great break from Arsenal! Arshavin came forward to find Fabregas who laid it into the path of Walcott who finished beautifully.

74 Diaby shoots inches wide at the other end. Fabregas flicks it into his path but the shot is just past the post.

73 Hoilett hits the post for Blackburn! Olsson broke into the box and the ball fell to the substitute and he was inches from pulling one back.

72 Blackburn look to come forward but Hoilett can't latch onto the long ball.

71 Great defensive header from Givet, with Arshavin ready to pounce.

70 McCarthy is injured and Hoilett comes on

69 Walcott comes on for Rosicky

68 McCarthy is injured and the game is paused. Theo Walcott is ready to come on for Arsenal.

67 Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce is unhappy after his team decide not to put the ball forward from a free-kick.

66 McCarthy hits the shot but it is a comfortable save for Mannone.

65 Blackburn win the free-kick after Fabregas handballed. They need something here.

64 Nzonzi concedes the corner and Blackburn are under real pressure here. Van Persie crosses and the ball falls for Rosicky but his shot goes wide.

63 Rosicky tries a rasping drive just inside the area but it flashes just wide of the post. Great effort!

62 David Dunn comes off for Benni McCarthy.

61 Fabregas gets a knock in the face and play is temporarily stopped

60 Dunn comes forward and hits a firm shot at Mannone. Good run from the midfielder.

59 Song puts a ball through but it runs through to Robinson

58 Fabregas deserves that goal for his great performance today. Can Rovers respond? Pedersen hits a free-kick over the bar.

Fabregas hits a great shot and puts Arsenal 4-2 up! He takes it on his chest on the edge of the area and hits a left foot shot past Robinson.

55 Morten Gamst Pederson comes on for Brett Emerton

55 This half isn't quite as frantic as the first, but the next goal is absolutely key.

54 Rosicky tries a half-volley from long range but it is straight at Robinson

53 Dunn breaks forward down the left but fouls Gallas.

52 Fabregas is all over the place and he has a shot that just drifts wide of the post.

51 RVP then has a shot from outside the box with his right foot but it is straight at Robinson.

50 Blackburn have started brightly here in the second half. Fabregas chips a lovely ball in for Van Persie though, but he can't get his shot away

49 Replays show that Dunn had a real shout for a penalty there. Olsson has a great shot from way out but Mannone dives to his left to save well.

48 Dunn goes down in the area after a challenge from Vermalen. He appeals for a penalty but nothing given

47 Dunn crosses after Diaby was caught in possession but there's no one in the box

46 The game restarts for the second half

Ben Keraro also reckons it will finish 5-2 but he is hoping Mannone will perform better in the second half. Thanks to Helen from Swinton and Robert Lin who are both enjoying the game too.

Mark from Burnley said 5-0 at the start of the game but has now changed his mind to 5-2! You can't change your prediction half-way through the game Mark!

Arsenal are now 1/20 to win the match having finally got their noses infront. In a game that's full of goals 8/13 for over 6.5 goals could be a decent bet. Fabregas has had plenty of assists today but he's been popular at 8/1 to grab the next goal.

Amanda Buttress has taken her son Matthew to his first ever game today. I don't think you could have picked a better one to attend Amanda!

CC predicted a 6-0 win before the game, although he didn't see Blackburn finding the back of the net, and Riad's 1-0 prediction is out of the window!

That was an absolutely cracking half of football! Three great goals from Arsenal and they could have had more. Will Blackburn fall away in the second half?

45+4 Peter Walton blows for half-time.

45+3 Van Persie picks up a booking for a robust challenge

45+3 Di Santo breaks into the box and tries to pull it back but it doesn't quite fall for Dunn.

45+2 Arsenal win the corner and Fabregas tries to put another cheeky ball through but Robinson claims it.

45+1 The game is peetering out to half time now after a frantic first period.

45 Blackburn have their keeper to thank for keeping them in the game here! Robinson has made a number of saves and he got one assist!

44 Great save from Robinson! Rosicky crosses for Fabregas and Robinson produces a great save to keep out his header.

43 Fabregas breaks into the box but he is tackled by three players! Blackburn attack through Di Santo but he is muscled off the ball.

42 Blackburn look a bit shell shocked now. Van Persie comes forward but the ball just gets away from him.

41 Robinson comes out well to claim a ball over the top from Arshavin. He's played well despite conceding three goals!

40 Fabregas has been pulling the strings as per usual for the Gunners today. A great prformance so far.

39 Diouf goes down in the corner and he is unhappy he did not win the free-kick.

38 What a game! Arsenal finally take the lead but that was poor defending from Rovers.

Arshavin gives Arsenal the lead with another great stike! Fabregas slides in Arshavin and the Russian hits it past Robinson!

36 Sam Allardyce will not be happy with his team after giving the lead away twice.

36 Givet is forced to concede the corner but Andrews smacks it clear.

35 Blackburn have an attacking throw on the left but Sagna deals with it with a solid header.

34 What a game here at the Emirates! Twice Arsenal hit back after Rovers take the lead.

Equaliser from Van Persie! Fabregas picks him out and the Dutchman smashes it into the corner with his left foot.

32 Full credit to Robinson there. Great save from a Fabregas shot and seconds later his team are in front.

Goal for Blackburn! David Dunn's deflected shot beats Mannone after Robinson saved at the other end. Great counter-attack!

29 Chimbonda heads Clichy's cross away but Arsenal attack again. Blackburn have to scramble it away time after time.

27 Good defending from Clichy who wins the header well. Arsenal do well to keep Rovers at bay as they look to press.

26 Mannone is absolutely clattered by Dunn outside the area. What was the keeper doing out there?

25 Song breaks up an Nzonzi attack but Blackburn come again. David Dunn nearly gets through the defence but Vermalen crucially gets a foot in.

23 Rosicky breaks again and the ball falls to Fabregas who has a shot from range but Robinson gets down low to save and smother the follow up.

22 The Gunners have responded very well to that early setback. Rosicky whips in a dangerous ball but there's no-one there.

21 Arsenal bring it forward and Van Persie's cross is blocked by Jacobsen.

20 Robinson launches another ball forward but Mannone comes to claim it this time.

19 Arsenal look rampant now and Van Persie fouls Chimbonda as he tries to attack.

17 What a strike from Vermalen and that is his fourth goal of the season.

Vermalen hits an absolute screamer from the edge of the area! What a goal!

16 Andrews heads the ball away for another corner. Van Persie crosses but its too deep for Fabregas. Goal-kick.

15 Sagna breaks forward but his pass to Fabregas is poor. Diaby crosses but Chimbonda blocks the cross and concedes a corner

14 Robinson hits a clearance all the way into Mannone's arms! Now that's route one football!

13 Blackburn have a spell of pressure with Diouf tussling with Arshavin

12 Poor pass from Song and Blackburn break but Gallas tidies up at the back

11 Di Santo picks up a booking

10 Great save from Robinson! Arshavin crossed for Fabregas and his header was looping in but Robinson clawed it out.

10 Blackburn try and launch a counter attack but end up playing it back to Robinson who hoofs it forward.

9 Van Persie puts in a dangerous ball but its well cleared by Blackburn.

7 Its all a bit quite at the Emirates here but Arsenal press on for the equaliser. Rosicky has a shot from the edge of the area but it goes wide.

6 The Gunners try and hit back immediately but Arshavin is penalised for a foul throw.

5 What a start here for Blackburn! Just a long ball forward but Mannone will be questioning his position there.

Nzonzi scores for Blackburn! Long ball from Robinson and he gets a looping header over Mannone!

3 Both teams just settling into the game here. Arsenal are already trying a few fancy backheels.

2 Andrews has a shot but its charged down by the wall.

2 Van Persie brings down Dunn and Rovers have a free-kick in the Arsenal half. Just out of shooting range but who knows?

1 Arsenal have all the early possession here in London

1 Referee Peter Walton starts the game here at the Emirates

Rovers fans are coming out of the woodwork now! Tom A reckons Blackburn are going to upset the odds and win 3-2 but John from Cannock is pessimistic about their chances.

Finally a Blackburn fan! Rob Long says Rovers are going to win 5-0 with a hat-trick from David Dunn and two from Di Santo!

Andrew Gilfillan is going for a 5-0 Arsenal win. Rovers fans where are you?!

Arsene Wenger has been at Arsenal for 13 years now, and his first ever game was actually against Blackburn. The Gunners won 2-0 on that occasion with Ian Wright bagging a brace.

Does anyone think Blackburn are going to get anything from this game?! Apparantly not, with SkyBet giving them odds of 14/1 to nick a win.

Jay Hinton is looking forward to seeing Rosicky in action today and he reckons its going to be a 4-0 home win.

As you can see from the subs bench there is no Eduardo for Arsenal after he picked up a knock in the Champions League.

Rovers Subs: Brown, McCarthy, Pedersen, Kalinic, Hoilett, Salgado, Jones.

Arsenal Subs: Szczesny, Walcott, Ramsey, Silvestre, Eboue, Gibbs, Bendtner.

Jon Kilcoyne is tipping Arshavin to run riot in a 4-0 win and Fate all the way from Sydney reckons it is going to be a 5-0 demolition!

Apurva Trivedi and Daniel Steward are both going for a 3-1 home win and Freddy Star reckons its going to be a 3-0 whitewash.

A lot of people are tipping the Gunners for a big win this afternoon. Benyam Tekle reckons Arsenal are going to win 3-0 with Tomas Rosicky bagging a goal.

Blackburn: Robinson, Jacobsen, Givet, Chimbonda, Olsson,

Emerton, Andrews, Nzonzi, Diouf, Dunn, Di Santo.

The teams are in and Arsenal have left Nicklas Bendtner on the bench today. Arsenal: Mannone, Sagna, Gallas, Vermaelen, Clichy, Fabregas, Song Billong, Diaby, Rosicky, van Persie, Arshavin.

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