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Effort from inside the area by Mikel Arteta misses to the right of the target.
Francis Coquelin takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.
David Goodwillie challenges Francis Coquelin unfairly and gives away a free kick. David Goodwillie goes into the book. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jake Kean.
Long range effort by Scott Dann goes harmlessly over the bar.
Santi Cazorla takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.
Vassiriki Diaby takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save by Jake Kean.
Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Comfortable save by Jake Kean.
Morten Gamst Pedersen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francis Coquelin. Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.
Nacho Monreal produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.
The official flags Theo Walcott offside. Jordan Rhodes goes off and David Goodwillie comes on. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Kean.
Foul by Francis Coquelin on Morten Gamst Pedersen, free kick awarded. Francis Coquelin is booked. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
Shot by Nacho Monreal from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Olivier Giroud is penalised for a handball. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.
Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. Jack Wilshere restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Santi Cazorla, Header on goal by Olivier Giroud from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Martin Olsson takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny. Colin Kazim-Richards scores a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn.Assist by Martin Olsson.
Jack Wilshere is brought on as a substitute for Tomas Rosicky. Theo Walcott replaces Yao Gervinho. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Santi Cazorla coming on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a comfortable save.
Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Blocked by Bradley Orr. Mikel Arteta takes a outswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot from 25 yards.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Tomas Rosicky goes wide left of the goal.
Markus Olsson goes off and David Bentley comes on.
Shot from inside the area by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain clears the bar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky played to the near post, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Vassiriki Diaby produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.
Shot from long distance by Vassiriki Diaby goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Rhodes by Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Scott Dann.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain takes a shot. Blocked by Bradley Orr.
Thomas Vermaelen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Olsson. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.
Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the outswinging corner, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Vermaelen by Jordan Rhodes. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Olivier Giroud takes a shot. Jake Kean makes a comfortable save.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Jason Lowe takes a shot. Clearance by Mikel Arteta.
Unfair challenge on Olivier Giroud by Jason Lowe results in a free kick. Mikel Arteta has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Jake Kean.
Yao Gervinho has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.
Yao Gervinho has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
Shot by Nacho Monreal. Blocked by Bradley Orr. Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Lee Williamson.
Lee Williamson is penalised for a handball. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tomas Rosicky, Bradley Orr makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Tomas Rosicky, clearance made by Bradley Orr. Thomas Vermaelen challenges Bradley Orr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Kean restarts play with the free kick.
Jordan Rhodes fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Scott Dann misses to the left of the target.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide left of the target.
Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line, Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Martin Olsson makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line, Jake Kean makes a save.
Effort from 20 yards by Vassiriki Diaby. Bradley Orr gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Francis Coquelin by Colin Kazim-Richards results in a free kick. Francis Coquelin restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky, Jake Kean makes a comfortable save.
Handball decision goes against Mikel Arteta. Jake Kean takes the direct free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tomas Rosicky, Bradley Orr manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the right by-line to the near post, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
Lee Williamson challenges Vassiriki Diaby unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Laurent Koscielny has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Tomas Rosicky from the left by-line played to the near post, Scott Dann makes a clearance. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.
Foul by Bradley Orr on Yao Gervinho, free kick awarded. The referee cautions Bradley Orr for unsporting behaviour. Thomas Vermaelen takes the free kick.
The referee penalises Bradley Orr for handball. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mikel Arteta from left wing.
Shot by Markus Olsson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Francis Coquelin concedes a free kick for a foul on Martin Olsson. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Markus Olsson. Wojciech Szczesny takes the free kick.
Gunners ready for crucial week - Wenger
Manager Arsene Wenger accepts Arsenal are entering the defining period of their season, but sees no reason why his side should not be confident of winning the Champions League if they knock out Bayern Munich.
The Gunners host Blackburn in the fifth round of the FA Cup in the first of a run of games which will see them tackle the German giants while also facing Barclays Premier League rivals Tottenham and Everton in what could prove to be crucial for their hopes of breaking back into the top four.
When Arsenal return from the Allianz Arena on March 13, the outlook of their campaign could be still on course for success or with little other than wounded pride left to play for.
"You go into the period at the end of February and March when every game will define your season," said Wenger.
"The FA Cup is an important target for us. We always take it very seriously, we are on a good run and we want to continue the run."
Wenger added: "We have a big game on Tuesday against Bayern. If we get past them, then why should we not go further and win it?
"It looks at the start that the FA Cup (trophy) is more reachable than any other competition, but you don't really know how difficult it will be.
"If you compare it to the Premier League certainly, we have more chances to do it because we are too far away in the Premier League."
Wenger has enjoyed his own love affair with the FA Cup, winning the world's oldest knockout competition four times between 1998 and 2005.
The Arsenal manager is determined to avoid a second cup shock in the same season after crashing out of the Capital One Cup on penalties at Bradford.
"I always have to convince you that we take the competition seriously," he said.
"In 16 years I don't think we had (many) upsets against lower division teams, that shows that we take the competition seriously.
"We prepare for the game like a final every time, and that's why we have done reasonably well until now.
"We will take the game seriously again, and with a huge desire to win it."
Arsenal have fitness concerns over England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who went off at Sunderland last week as a precaution over a thigh problem.
Captain Thomas Vermaelen should be back from his ankle problem, but fellow defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) will be assessed.
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho could be back in contention following the African Nations Cup.
Meanwhile, Michael Appleton believes the pressure is off Blackburn when they travel to the Emirates Stadium.
Rovers have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes since the former Portsmouth manager opted to leave Blackpool and succeed ex-Norway international Henning Berg in the Ewood Park hotseat.
The 1-1 draw with Brighton in midweek extended their unbeaten run to five matches and moved them up to eighth in the npower Championship table, six points off the final play-off place.
That streak includes a 3-0 away win over Derby that helped Appleton's side, relegated from the Barclays Premier League last term, earn a fifth-round tie against the Gunners.
With the pressure building on Rovers to try and earn promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt, Appleton insists the cup is a welcome distraction.
"I think it is certainly a weekend off in terms of the league fixtures," Appleton told the club's official website.
"With the FA Cup game on Saturday it does give us an opportunity to enjoy the match more than we would in a normal league game."
However, with Arsenal currently on a five-match unbeaten run of their own, Appleton knows his players have a tough test on their hands.
"Three days after they play us they are going to play in a Champions League tie against a fantastic German side in Bayern Munich, so we know that the task is going to be very very difficult," he added.
"But we'll go there, we'll have a go and see if we can make a surprise."
Blackburn will be without Josh Morris and DJ Campbell for the trip to London.
Midfielder Morris is cup-tied following his involvement in the earlier rounds while on loan at Rotherham and Campbell, borrowed from QPR, also featured for his parent club.
But Appleton could hand Lee Williamson his debut after the midfielder joined the club on a free transfer last week.
Jordan Rhodes broke his nose against Ipswich but was fit to feature in the draw at the Amex Stadium and is set to continue up front.
David Dunn's calf injury leaves him sidelined along with Joshua King, Grant Hanley (both hamstring), Leon Best and Dickson Etuhu (both knee).
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