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  • Date:04 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:13:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Attendance:59,643
  • van Persie (1) van Persie (37) Oxlade-Chamberlain (39)
    Arteta (50) Oxlade-Chamberlain (53)
    van Persie (61) Henry (90)
  • Pedersen (31)
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92:56 +2.56

Thierry Henry grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn.Robin van Persie provided the assist for the goal.

91:26 +1.26

Yossi Benayoun takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a save.

90:58 +0.58

Morten Gamst Pedersen is ruled offside. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

90:01 +0.01

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

87:51

Steven Nzonzi concedes a free kick for a foul on Thierry Henry. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

84:48

Unfair challenge on Anthony Modeste by Thomas Vermaelen results in a free kick. Booking for Thomas Vermaelen. Scott Dann restarts play with the free kick.

83:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Per Mertesacker on Anthony Modeste. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right wing.

83:09

Shot from just outside the area by Thierry Henry misses to the left of the target.

77:57

The referee blows for offside against David Hoilett. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

77:15

Yossi Benayoun gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

74:31

Yossi Benayoun fouled by David Hoilett, the ref awards a free kick. Robin van Persie crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Scott Dann.

73:17

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line to the near post, Shot by Francis Coquelin from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

71:14

Alex Song goes off and Yossi Benayoun comes on.

69:19

Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Bacary Sagna. Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.

68:46

Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Modeste. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.

67:41

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, clearance made by Scott Dann.

67:01

Thierry Henry replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Bacary Sagna on for Laurent Koscielny.

64:45

Corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the left by-line, Effort from deep inside the area by Theo Walcott clears the bar.

62:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Radosav Petrovic on Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

61:01

Robin van Persie scores a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Arsenal 6-1 Blackburn.Francis Coquelin provided the assist for the goal.

58:54

The ball is sent over by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Effort on goal by Mikel Arteta from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

55:44

David Hoilett fouled by Thomas Vermaelen, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen shoots direct from the free kick.

53:35

Goal scored by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 5-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Theo Walcott.

52:12

The official flags Robin van Persie offside. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

50:12

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, clearance by Steven Nzonzi. Mikel Arteta scores a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 4-1 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Laurent Koscielny.

49:42 +4.42

Radosav Petrovic challenges Alex Song unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

48:45

Unfair challenge on Radosav Petrovic by Alex Song results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

47:49 +2.49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bradley Orr by Thomas Vermaelen. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

47:47

Bradley Orr takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

46:23

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

46:11

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain decides to take the corner short.

45:48 +0.48

Effort from close in by Thomas Vermaelen hits the post.

45:21 +0.21

Robin van Persie decides to take a short corner.

44:33

Grant Hanley on for David Dunn.

41:57

Gael Givet concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Gael Givet is sent off by the referee for serious foul play. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

39:18

A goal is scored by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Robin van Persie.

39:03

Martin Olsson goes into the referee's book.

37:13

Robin van Persie finds the back of the net with a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-1 Blackburn.The assist for the goal came from Theo Walcott.

36:26

Effort from just outside the area by Robin van Persie goes over the bar.

35:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Steven Nzonzi. Bradley Orr is brought on as a substitute for Jason Lowe. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

32:02

Unfair challenge on Jason Lowe by Tomas Rosicky results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

29:49

Laurent Koscielny challenges Anthony Modeste unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee shows Laurent Koscielny a yellow card. Morten Gamst Pedersen scores a goal direct from the free kick from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-1 Blackburn.Anthony Modeste provided the assist for the goal.

29:10

Shot from just outside the box by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.

27:48

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

24:38

Steven Nzonzi challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. The referee cautions Steven Nzonzi for unsporting behaviour. Mikel Arteta takes the direct free kick.

23:29

Inswinging corner taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the left by-line, Per Mertesacker takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi.

23:05

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, clearance made by Gael Givet.

22:45

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in.

22:11

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Radosav Petrovic manages to make a clearance.

20:41

Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.

20:24

Mikel Arteta has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

19:59

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Radosav Petrovic gets a block in.

18:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francis Coquelin by David Dunn. Robin van Persie takes the direct free kick.

15:01

Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Alex Song, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie.

14:17

Anthony Modeste concedes a free kick for a foul on Wojciech Szczesny. Anthony Modeste is given a yellow card. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

11:26

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.

9:09

Anthony Modeste gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

7:57

Robin van Persie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

6:27

Foul by Anthony Modeste on Thomas Vermaelen, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

5:24

Shot from just outside the box by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain misses to the right of the goal.

1:19

A goal is scored by Robin van Persie from close in low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Blackburn.Assist on the goal came from Theo Walcott.

0:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Free kick taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Match Preview

Wenger wants players to be unbeatable Arsene Wenger has challenged his Arsenal side to recapture the Invincibles spirit and drag themselves back into the top four of the Barclays Premier League. The Gunners have slumped to seventh in the table after finally ending a run of three straight league defeats with a frustrating goalless draw at Bolton on Wednesday night. However, with only five points separating them from fourth, there is still all to play for over the remaining 15 matches. The Gunners could leapfrog both Liverpool and Newcastle, who play later in the weekend, with victory over struggling Blackburn at Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime. However, after suffering eight defeats so far, Wenger accepts there can be little margin for error. "Ideally you want to be unbeaten. Is it possible? I think to prove that it is possible is just to win on Saturday," said the Arsenal manager, whose side famously claimed the 2003/2004 championship without losing a league match. "For the rest, I believe we have played some great football this season and we have to continue to improve the way we play and focus on that. "Football has to be a happy moment that you want to share with people who come to the game. We always try to behave like that." Some disgruntled Gunners supporters are planning to put black bin liners over any empty seats at Emirates Stadium highlighting their claims many fans are staying away because of poor performances which have seen Arsenal slump to seventh in the table. Wenger has been the subject of increased vocal criticism from some sections of the stands in recent weeks. The Arsenal manager, though, insists all is not yet lost and the team have to take a distance as they focus on the job in hand on the pitch. Rovers boss Steve Kean has also found himself under fire from the club's supporters this season as they struggle at the other end of the table. Wenger feels people everywhere need to keep the bigger picture in mind. "It is not easy anywhere nowadays but with the media and the opinions of everybody we live in a constant drama. But it is not like that," the Arsenal boss added. "We have to stop to make a drama of everything but there are much more dreadful things in life than that." Wenger continued: "I am here to make all of the fans happy and when I do not manage to do it I am, of course, not happy. "What is most important is that we have our fans happy at the end of the season. "I know that it is always a depressed job to judge, the immediate situation, but we have a longer target - to go until May with a determined attitude with belief. That is what we want to achieve. "Overall I feel this team is strong mentally with a good spirit and attitude. "We are ready for a fight and that is the most important thing." Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 18, will be assessed over a knee problem. Blackburn new boy Bradley Orr has no doubt the squad is up to the task of avoiding relegation. The full-back joined Kean's side on transfer deadline day after a frustrating lack of opportunities with QPR this season and could make his debut at Arsenal. Orr watched his new team lose 2-0 to Newcastle at Ewood Park on Wednesday, a result that left them two points from safety, but the defender saw more than enough to be encouraged about their chances of survival. He said: "It's really exciting. It's a very good opportunity for me to come to such a great club like Blackburn. "After watching the lads perform it's even more exciting because I thought they played really well and were really unfortunate not to get a win, never mind a result. It's a great new chapter for me and something I want to grab with both hands. "When I look around the dressing room I see some excellent talent, experience blended with youth, and I'm very optimistic about the remainder of the season. Hopefully I can add to that." Orr was one of three signings made by Kean last month, with Marcus Olsson, twin brother of Rover Martin, joining from Halmstads BK in Sweden and Anthony Modeste making the move from Bordeaux on loan until the end of the season. Modeste made his full debut against Newcastle and is likely to keep his place with top scorer Ayegbeni Yakubu serving the last of a three-game ban and David Goodwillie still struggling with flu. Captain Christopher Samba will definitely miss a third successive game, with Kean saying the defender, who had a transfer request turned down, was fit and available but would not be in the squad.

Formation:433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

Formation: 442Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

  • Wojciech Szczesny
  • Laurent Koscielny
  • Per Mertesacker
  • Thomas Vermaelen
  • Francis Coquelin
  • Alex Song
  • Tomas Rosicky
  • Mikel Arteta
  • Theo Walcott
  • Robin van Persie
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Fabianski
  • Bacary Sagna
  • Chu-Young Park
  • Thierry Henry
  • Aaron Ramsey
  • Andrey Arshavin
  • Yossi Benayoun

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Match Report

Seven heaven for Gunners Robin van Persie smashed a hat-trick as Arsenal thrashed 10-man Blackburn to win in the Barclays Premier League for the first time this year. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also scored twice as Arsene Wenger saw his team close to just two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. Dutchman Van Persie fired the Gunners ahead inside two minutes, but a fine free-kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen brought Blackburn level. Arsenal were soon back in front through skipper Van Persie, before Oxlade-Chamberlain extended the lead. Gael Givet saw red for a two-footed challenge on Van Persie, and there was no way back for Rovers. Arsenal dominated the second half, as Mikel Arteta and the impressive Oxlade-Chamberlain were both on target with Van Persie collecting the matchball following a neat near-post finish just after the hour. Substitute Thierry Henry swept home goal number seven in stoppage time to cap a memorable afternoon at Emirates Stadium. The Gunners, who are up into fifth place, will be hoping for a Manchester United win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow to improve their Champions League prospects for next season. Wenger's side took just one minute and 19 seconds to move ahead. Theo Walcott was played into the right side of the penalty area by Francis Coquelin after a cross was only half cleared. The England winger, frequently maligned for his poor choice of final ball, played a low centre through the six-yard box to Van Persie who tapped in his 121st Arsenal goal to overtake Dennis Bergkamp on the all-time list. Today's match had been brought forward to a 1pm start because of disruptions to the London Underground network, and there were plenty of empty seats around Emirates Stadium. Arsenal, who had not recorded a league win in 2012, continued to press as the visitors, unbeaten in three away games including a shock win at Old Trafford, defended deep with two banks of four. Paul Robinson turned a curling effort from Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky around the post. But after 31 minutes, Laurent Koscielny bundled over Anthony Modeste just outside the Arsenal penalty area. It proved a costly foul as Gamst Pedersen whipped the resulting free-kick over the wall and into the top-left corner, a shot which Wojciech Szczesny got a hand to but could not keep out. After the restart, there was a stoppage when Blackburn's Jason Lowe went over on his ankle in a sliding challenge from Rosicky, and the midfielder was replaced by Bradley Orr to make his debut. Arsenal were ahead again after 38 minutes, and again it was Walcott who was the provider. Following patient build-up, Alex Song slipped the England man away down the right again, and he sprinted to cut the ball back from the goalline right into the path of Van Persie, who again made no mistake from a yard out. Before Rovers could regroup, it was 3-1. Walcott and Van Persie combined again, this time to release Oxlade-Chamberlain into the Blackburn penalty area, where he skipped around Robinson and slotted home his first Premier League goal five minutes from half-time. The afternoon got worse for the visitors after 43 minutes when Givet was shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner for jumping in with two feet on Van Persie. Rovers made an immediate tactical change as midfielder David Dunn was replaced by defender Grant Hanley. The hosts went close again when Thomas Vermaelen crashed the ball against the far post from Arteta's floated cross. Arsenal further extended their lead after 51 minutes. Blackburn only half cleared a corner to the edge of the area, from where Spaniard midfielder Arteta drilled the ball back into the bottom left corner. Rovers, who had beaten the Gunners 4-3 at Ewood Park in September, were over-run again after 54 minutes when Walcott's mazy dribble through the penalty area took him past five defenders before slipping in Oxlade-Chamberlain, who turned his marker and rolled the ball past Robinson. It was now very much a case of damage limitation for the visitors, manager Steve Kean pensively looking on from the dugout. Van Persie, who twice struck the woodwork in Wednesday night's frustrating goalless draw at Bolton, completed his hat-trick after 62 minutes when he clipped home a cross from Coquelin at the near post. Oxlade-Chamberlain was replaced by Henry for the final 23 minutes, which could not finish soon enough for Blackburn. To round the scoring off, Henry - on loan from New York Red Bulls - swept home number seven in stoppage time, with the aid of a deflection.

Form Guide

    DWLLLD
  • Arsenal
  • VS
  • Blackburn
  • DWLWDL

Last Meetings

  • Blackburn
  • 4 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 17/09/2011
  • Arsenal
  • 0 - 0
  • Blackburn
  • 02/04/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 18
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • T Walcott 3
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Blackburn

  • A Yakubu 9
  • M Formica 3
  • D Hoilett 3
  • M Pedersen 2
  • C Samba 2
  • D Goodwillie 2
  • R Rochina 2
  • D Dunn 1
  • S Dann 1
  • S Vukcevic 1
  • G Hanley 1

Goals

Arsenal

    • Total goals 72
    • Goals per game 39
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Blackburn

    • Total goals 66
    • Goals per game 33
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 11 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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