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  • Date:02 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:17:30
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:60,087
Goal!

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95mins

Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

94mins

Header from deep inside the area by Robin van Persie goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

93mins

Bacary Sagna crosses the ball, save by Paul Robinson.

92mins

The referee gives a free kick against Robin van Persie for handball. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

91mins

David Dunn comes on in place of Jermaine Jones. Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on David Hoilett. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

90mins

Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, Header by Nicklas Bendtner from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

90mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Nicklas Bendtner takes a shot. Clearance by Michel Salgado.

86mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Phil Jones on Alex Song. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Francesc Fabregas.

85mins

Robin van Persie concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Nelsen. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

81mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones by Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

81mins

Unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. Jack Wilshere takes the free kick.

80mins

Nicklas Bendtner has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

79mins

Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in.

78mins

Nicklas Bendtner comes on in place of Samir Nasri.

77mins

Effort on goal by Francesc Fabregas from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

76mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Steven Nzonzi. Steven Nzonzi dismissed for professional foul. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.

75mins

Effort on goal by Steven Nzonzi from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.

75mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Emerton from the right by-line, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.

74mins

Inswinging corner taken by Brett Emerton from the left by-line, save by Manuel Almunia.

73mins

Marouane Chamakh on for Theo Walcott.

72mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.

69mins

The referee blows for offside. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

67mins

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Jermaine Jones. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

64mins

Shot by Robin van Persie. Save by Paul Robinson.

62mins

Jason Roberts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Roque Santa Cruz.

62mins

Centre by Bacary Sagna, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

58mins

Francesc Fabregas replaces Andrey Arshavin.

56mins

Foul by David Hoilett on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

56mins

Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

55mins

Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Brett Emerton results in a free kick. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

53mins

Alex Song goes into the referee's book.

48mins

The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott.

48mins

Bacary Sagna has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

48mins

Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner.

48mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.

47mins

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.

46mins

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Steven Nzonzi misses to the left of the goal.

45mins

Unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones by Alex Song results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

43mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

41mins

The ball is swung over by Michel Salgado, clearance by Sebastien Squillaci.

40mins

Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

40mins

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Brett Emerton from the right by-line, Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save.

39mins

Michel Salgado is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Christopher Samba concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Direct free kick taken by Andrey Arshavin.

37mins

Unfair challenge on Michel Salgado by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Robin van Persie decides to take the corner short.

36mins

Effort from the edge of the penalty box by David Hoilett goes wide of the right-hand upright.

34mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Theo Walcott. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

33mins

Outswinging corner taken by Brett Emerton, Christopher Samba takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

32mins

Effort from 20 yards by Martin Olsson. Save by Manuel Almunia.

30mins

David Hoilett receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. David Hoilett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.

29mins

Effort from inside the six-yard box by Jack Wilshere goes wide right of the goal.

28mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

28mins

Short corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.

27mins

Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, blocked by Martin Olsson.

25mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Jones by Bacary Sagna. Free kick crossed right-footed by Brett Emerton from left wing, save by Manuel Almunia.

23mins

Laurent Koscielny challenges David Hoilett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Brett Emerton from the free kick.

19mins

Martin Olsson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal.

17mins

The assistant referee signals for offside against Roque Santa Cruz. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.

17mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan Nelsen.

16mins

Foul by Alex Song on Jermaine Jones, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

15mins

The referee blows for offside. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.

13mins

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Samir Nasri misses to the right of the target.

9mins

Short corner taken by Samir Nasri.

8mins

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

7mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.

6mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.

5mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie.

4mins

Alex Song takes a shot. Christopher Samba gets a block in.

4mins

The referee blows for offside. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

2mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Michel Salgado. Michel Salgado takes the free kick.

1mins

Steven Nzonzi challenges Theo Walcott unfairly and gives away a free kick. Theo Walcott takes the free kick.

Match Preview

Key quartet back for Gunners Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be able to welcome back four key players from injury for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Blackburn. Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby have all recovered from their respective ailments and are set to feature in the vital match at the Emirates Stadium. All four missed the 2-2 draw at West Brom last time out and Wenger is optimistic Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Aaron Ramsey could join them in the squad despite picking up knocks on international duty. The Arsenal boss insists he will not make a final decision on the trio until after training on Friday but is confident they will form part of Saturday's squad. "[Fabregas, Song, Walcott and Diaby] will all be available," Wenger told ArsenalTV Online. "I have not decided if they will start the game yet but they will all be available." Denilson is the only certain absentee for Rovers' visit after being ruled out with a toe injury and will drop out the line-up that started at The Hawthorns a fortnight ago as a consequence. Wenger admitted he was disappointed with the draw at West Brom but is keen to remain focused on the run-in and their tilt at the Premier League crown. "We believe the negatives are easy to correct, because it was quite painful to concede the goals the way we did," he said. "Overall for the run-in, it was important for us not to lose because we are on a long unbeaten run now and to keep that going psychologically will be very important for the team. "The only way to approach every game at the moment is as if it the last one of the season," he added. Midfielder David Dunn returns to Blackburn's squad having missed the last three matches with a hip injury. Captain Chris Samba sat out a week of training because of a back problem but is fit to feature at the Emirates. Defender Gael Givet serves the final match of his suspension, while midfielder Vince Grella has been ruled out for the rest of the season after an Achilles operation. Keith Andrews is back in training after an infection following a groin operation. Meanwhile, Arsenal cult hero John Jensen returns to his former club on Saturday looking to upset the very fans who took him to their hearts two decades ago. The ex-Denmark international came back to English football as assistant to Blackburn manager Steve Kean in January. He is sure to get a warm welcome from supporters at the Emirates Stadium but the 45-year-old is hoping they are not cheering at the final whistle. Jensen went down in Gunners' folklore during his four-year spell from 1992 as he took 98 games to score his only goal, despite having been on target in the final of the 1992 European Championships immediately prior to his arrival. That solitary strike prompted the printing of "I saw John Jensen score" T-shirts. It is a story Jensen still enjoys retelling but with Rovers just a point from safety and eight matches left to secure their Premier League future, he knows his visit to London will not be a trip down memory lane. "You are always going to enjoy it when you play your former club and I am really looking forward to seeing the Arsenal fans and some of the staff I know - I didn't play with any of the players because it was so long ago," he said. "The fans were great. When you have scored in a European Championship final the fans were looking for a midfielder who would score at least 10 goals in the season and then they bought me. "When I eventually scored a goal, even though we lost 3-1, the feeling was amazing when I walked off the pitch. I will always remember that day." However, Jensen's focus now is on contributing to Rovers' relegation battle. Blackburn have won just once since in nine matches, taking five points since January 15. In their last two games the players have shown their fighting spirit, twice recovering from conceding against Fulham before eventually losing 3-2 and then bouncing back from 2-0 down at home to Blackpool to draw. That has given Jensen all the belief he needed that the club will survive. "Every team, including Manchester United and Arsenal, have spells when they are down and we have had our spell," he added. "I know the last couple of games we have only got one point but the attitude and performance of the players has been fantastic and for me that is a turning point."

Formation:4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 451Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

  • Manuel Almunia
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Sebastien Squillaci
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Gael Clichy
  • Alex Song
  • Jack Wilshere
  • Theo Walcott
  • Samir Nasri
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Robin van Persie
  • SUBS
  • Jens Lehmann
  • Vassiriki Diaby
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Emmanuel Eboue
  • Marouane Chamakh
  • Nicklas Bendtner

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Match Report

Gunners held by plucky Rovers Arsenal were left frustrated as their Barclays Premier League title hopes suffered a setback after struggling Blackburn battled to a goalless draw at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners - who now trail leaders Manchester United by seven points with a match in hand - had plenty of possession, but were unable to really test Paul Robinson. Rovers - who had lost five of the last eight matches - grew in confidence and survived the dismissal of midfielder Steven Nzonzi to earn a valuable point in their battle against relegation. With United having coming from behind to win at West Ham earlier on Saturday, Arsenal could not afford another off day following two successive draws before the international break - but that is exactly what transpired. It had been a positive start by the Gunners, with fit-again Theo Walcott looking lively down the right. After four minutes, the England winger got away to the edge of the Rovers box before squaring to Alex Song and his shot was deflected behind. Walcott was proving too hot to handle and his low centre across goal was hacked clear by Ryan Nelsen before he was then denied at the near post by Robinson. Rovers - just a point above the drop zone - were in danger of being overrun. However, Steve Kean's men were given some respite when full-backs Martin Olsson and Bacary Sagna collided when going for a 50/50 on the touchline, leaving the Rovers man worse off. Samir Nasri then needed treatment for a clash of heads with Nelsen, returning with a thick bandage. That break in play interrupted Arsenal's flow and on 23 minutes, Rovers had an opportunity when Laurent Koscielny tripped David Hoilett 22 yards out in a central position. Brett Emerton, however, smashed the free-kick high into the stands. Arsenal were soon back on the offensive and broke quickly when Robin van Persie fed Nasri on the overlap, but as the Frenchman cut the ball back on to the penalty spot, Jack Wilshere somehow stabbed his first-time shot wide. Manuel Almunia had been a spectator, but the keeper was almost embarrassed when Olsson's 25-yard effort took a slight deflection and he was left out of position as the ball bounced off his gloves and rolled just past the post. Hoilett then cut inside Sagna before darting into the penalty area only to skew his shot wide. Walcott burst clear from a quick throw-out, but had no support and eventually dragged his shot wide from 20 yards. Rovers sent a long ball into the Arsenal box from a free-kick in their own half, which Almunia failed to punch and Nzonzi saw his backward header drop just wide. Again the hosts started brightly at the restart as Van Persie got away down the left to force a corner, which the Dutchman went across to take and then whipped straight across the face of goal. The game, though, soon slipped back into the same pattern as Rovers continued to break up Arsenal's attacks with relative ease. Frustrations boiled over again when Wilshere elected to pass back to Andrey Arshavin rather than shoot, the ball going behind for a corner, which Koscielny guided goalwards but Robinson held. Wenger had seen enough and with 32 minutes to go, sent on Captain Cesc Fabregas, replacing Arshavin, on his return from a hamstring injury. Arsenal, however, continued to lack a creative spark in the final third as time and again they failed to find the decisive pass. Van Persie made space for a low shot at the edge of the area, but Robinson was down quickly. Wilshere needed treatment after falling on his shoulder when sliding for a loose ball on the far side. On 76 minutes, Rovers were reduced to 10 men when Nzonzi was shown a straight red card after jumping in two-footed on Koscielny. Wilshere's quick feet saw the ball pulled back for substitute Marouane Chamakh on the penalty spot, but his shot was blocked by Olsson's brave dive. Robinson produced a fine save from Chamakh's deflected header, but the whistle had already gone for a push by the Moroccan. Fabregas smashed a 25-yard free-kick into the wall as Arsenal's frustration continued. Michel Salgado blocked Bendtner's goalbound header off the line, and Van Persie nodded over in stoppage time to leave Arsenal counting a costly third successive draw.

Form Guide

    WDWWDD
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Blackburn
  • LLDLLD

Last Meetings

  • Blackburn
  • 1 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 28/08/2010
  • Blackburn
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 03/05/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 6 - 2
  • Blackburn
  • 04/10/2009
  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 14/03/2009
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 13/09/2008
  • Arsenal
  • 2 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 11/02/2008

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 10
  • S Nasri 8
  • M Chamakh 7
  • T Walcott 7
  • A Arshavin 5
  • A Song 4
  • F Fabregas 3
  • N Bendtner 2
  • L Koscielny 2
  • S Squillaci 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • V Diaby 1
  • J Djourou 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Blackburn

  • N Kalinic 5
  • M Pedersen 4
  • C Samba 4
  • J Roberts 3
  • R Nelsen 3
  • B Mwaruwari 3
  • MB Diouf 3
  • D Hoilett 3
  • B Emerton 2
  • D Dunn 1
  • G Givet 1
  • M Olsson 1
  • S Nzonzi 1
  • G Hanley 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 88
    • Goals per game 59
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 8 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 9 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackburn

    • Total goals 68
    • Goals per game 39
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 7 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 9 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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