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  • Dunn (43), Samba (68)
  • van Persie (13)
  • Date:2010-05-03
  • Kick-off:17:00
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:26138
  • Referee:Atkinson, M

Live Commentary

90mins

Blackburn 2 Arsenal 1: Goals from Dunn and Samba give Rovers victory. It means a third defeat in four for Arsenal, despite van Persie's opener and they could yet be overtaken by Spurs for third on the final day.

90mins

There will be a minimum of four minutes of added time for Arsenal to seek out an equaliser.

89mins

Firm challenge from Campbell and he receives a yellow card. It looks as though Pedersen jumped out of the way and Campbell won the ball.

87mins

Arsenal corner as Jones puts it behind when dispossessing Diaby.

85mins

Blackburn substitution: Phil Jones comes on in a defensive move by Sam Allardyce and he'll replace David Dunn for the final five minutes.

84mins

Time is starting to run out for Arsenal here and it looks as though they may go into the final game still needing a result to finish third. The last thing Arsene Wenger would want is an August qualifier in the Champions League.

82mins

Walcott gets inside the area and shoots, but it comes off of Givet and out for an Arsenal corner.

81mins

It's becoming a frustrating afternoon for Arsenal. Blackburn have sat deep and defended really solidly and they've put them under real pressure at every opportunity from set pieces. Could Spurs still nick 3rd place ahead of the Gunners?

80mins

Comical moment as Nelsen runs over towards the dug-outs to play the ball and slips on the astroturf emblem between the dug-outs and goes sliding all the way out almost into the dressing rooms.

79mins

Long throw-in by Pedersen is flicked on by Samba, but Arsenal clear.

78mins

Arsenal substitution: It's been a positive switch from Arsene Wenger, with Eduardo coming on to replace Eboue.

77mins

Free-kick to Blackburn for a foul by Nasri. It's another chance for Blackburn to pump a ball into the Arsenal box.

75mins

Corner to Arsenal on the right-hand side. It's floated in, but Robinson comes out to punch clear.

74mins

Cross from Hoilett, but it's easy for Fabianski to claim at the near post. He has made a decent impact on this game since his introduction though.

73mins

Nasri bursts into the penalty area and finds Arshavin, but his effort is straight at Robinson.

72mins

Rovers are looking full of confidence now and Arsenal look bereft of ideas in attack.

70mins

Dunn floats it towards the far post and it goes just over. Fabianski looked to be struggling if that was on target.

70mins

Silvestre brings down Roberts on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area, about a foot outside the "D".

68mins

Blackburn 2 Arsenal 1: Samba has the easiest of headers to put Blackburn in front from the corner with Fabianski nowhere. Rovers are good value for their lead in this second half.

67mins

Long throw-in from Pedersen and Silvestre so nearly puts the ball in his own net. Corner to Blackburn. The home side look so dangerous from set pieces.

66mins

Arsenal substitution: Andrey Arshavin comes on to replace Carlos Vela who has had a disappointing afternoon.

65mins

Silvestre finds himself in the book for pulling back Roberts.

64mins

Olsson has the ball in the net at the other end but he's adjudged to have made his run too early. It looks a really tight decision.

63mins

Lovely ball in by Walcott finds van Persie, who brings it down and looks like his foot may have been taken from him by Salgado as he went to shoot. Decent chance for Arsenal.

61mins

Late challenge by Hoilett on Silvestre and he's lucky to escape a booking for that one.

60mins

Dunn takes the ball away from Diaby. He plays it in to Hoilett who has a decent chance, but Fabianski makes another save at the expense of a corner to the home side again.

58mins

Terrible looking mis-timed tackle by Pedersen on van Persie and the yellow card comes out straight away for the Blackburn man.

58mins

Blackburn substitution: David Hoilett comes on to replace Vince Grella.

57mins

Sagna plays the ball into van Persie inside the penalty area. He shoots right-footed, but hits it well wide from 10 yards with his weaker foot.

55mins

Appeals for a Blackburn penalty. Pedersen gets in on goal. Fabianski makes a decent save and then Campbell comes in with a clumsy challenge and the Blackburn players all appeal for a spot kick, but it's only a corner.

53mins

Hesitation in the Blackburn defence between Samba and Robinson and in the end Salgado puts it behind for an Arsenal corner.

51mins

It's been a relatively quiet start to the half. Neither keeper has been tested since the restart. Blackburn are content to sit deep and let Arsenal play in front of them and it could become a frustrating half for the Gunners.

48mins

Dunn plays the ball through for Andrews, but the flag goes up and it's offside against the Blackburn man.

47mins

Blackburn moves forward for Blackburn, but he loses possession and Arsenal break forward with the ball.

46mins

Walcott tries to beat Givet down the right hand side and he wins an early corner for the visitors.

46mins

The visitors get the second half underway, looking to re-establish a lead that could give them only their second win in eight games in all competitions.

45mins

Blackburn 1 Arsenal 1: David Dunn's goal at the end of the half sends the sides in level after van Persie had given Arsenal the lead. It was a decent start for the visitors, but Rovers have continually put Arsenal under pressure from set pieces.

45mins

van Persie clashes heads with Grella inside the centre circle and he stays down needing some attention from the Arsenal physio.

45mins

There will be a minimum of one minute of added time at the end of this half.

43mins

Blackburn 1 Arsenal 1: The pressure from set pieces finally tells. The corner is played as far as Andrews. he crosses and David Dunn is on hand to tap home from all of a yard.

42mins

Robinson punts a long ball up towards Roberts and Campbell is forced to head behind for a corner under pressure.

41mins

Arsenal receive a free-kick midway inside the Blackburn half on the right. van Persie sends the ball in towards Campbell, but Blackburn clear.

40mins

Blackburn come forward again with Roberts, but Sagna dispossesses him and the Blackburn striker fouls Sagna to give Arsenal a free-kick.

38mins

Walcott tries to go beyond Grella, but the Blackburn man gets a toe in and knocks the ball out for a throw-in to Arsenal level with the edge of the penalty area. It's been a rare attack from the visitors, who have done little since the goal.

36mins

Long throw-in into the Arsenal area by Pedersen. Roberts heads it on and Fabianski under pressure from a number of Blackburn players manages to collect the ball. The home side really are trying to put the pressure on the Arsenal keeper.

35mins

The game has become a little flat over the past few minutes and the home support has been a little quiet as well.

33mins

Pedersen floats the corner in and Fabianski gets caught under the ball and again finds himself on the ground after being challenged by three or four Blackburn attackers. It looks like they've targeted the keeper as a weak link.

33mins

Blackburn earn a free-kick after a series of challenges over on the right-hand side near the corner of the Arsenal area. Pedersen goes for goal and Fabianski is forced to turn the ball over for a corner.

30mins

Free-kick to Arsenal 30 yards from goal again. van Persie takes the kick. It goes through the Blackburn wall and Robinson does well to tip it behind for a corner.

27mins

Free-kick to Blackburn chipped in by Pedersen. Abou Diaby gets his head to it and Sagna clears at the far post.

26mins

Eboue dragged down from behind cynically by Dunn and yet he gets away without a booking. More inconsistency from referee Martin Atkinson. Free-kick though to Arsenal 30 yards out.

25mins

Eboue moves froward into the Blackburn half and is brought down from behind by Grella. It's a yellow card for the Blackburn man, which looks a little harsh after the one he let Diaby get away with.

24mins

Fabianski does well to deal with another ball into the Arsenal area, but he goes down from the latest attempt to collect and he needs some treatment.

22mins

It's been typical stuff from Blackburn so far in attack, a few long punts forward by Robinson and throw-ins by Pedersen looking to put pressure on the Arsenal defenders and goalkeeper, but the visitors have coped well so far.

21mins

Long throw-in by Pedersen into the Arsenal box, but Campbell heads clear. The ball is played into the area again, but it goes straight through to Fabianski.

18mins

Robinson launches another long ball into the Arsenal box. Samba goes down and turns to the referee looking for a foul by Campbell, but nothing given.

16mins

Robinson launches a long ball into the Arsenal area, but Roberts commits a foul on Fabianski and Arsenal have a free-kick.

15mins

Arsenal are really starting to take charge of this game now. How they must rue the poor April they had, which saw their title challenge fall away.

13mins

BLACKBURN 0-1 ARSENAL: Corner to Arsenal. The ball is played into the area by Nasri and VAN PERSIE, who loves playing against Rovers, heads home to give Arsenal the lead.

11mins

Olsson almost gets in behind the Arsenal defence but the referee spots an earlier infringement and Arsenal have a free-kick.

10mins

Eboue plays it forward for Vela on the counter attack for Arsenal. The ball comes into the Blackburn penalty area and Givet is let off missing the ball as the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside.

9mins

Dunn plays it long down the channel looking for Roberts, but Fabianski comes rushing out to clear away for a throw-in to the home side.

8mins

It's been a fairly even opening to this game. Blackburn started well, but Arsenal have started to get more control of the game.

6mins

Pedersen shoots from the free-kick, but Fabianski gets across comfortably and makes the save.

5mins

Traore gives the ball away easily and Pedersen comes forward for Blackburn. He plays it on to Dunn who gets brought down by Diaby and the referee wants a word with the Arsenal man. It could so easily have been a yellow card for the Arsenal man.

2mins

What a chance for Arsenal and Vela has missed an open goal from three yards. Walcott uses his pace to latch onto a forward pass. He plays the ball across the box and somehow Vela scoops it wide.

1mins

Early free-kick for Blackburn 10 yards from the edge of the Arsenal area. van Persie clears the first ball in and Campbell volleys clear for a throw-in when the ball is turned back into the Arsenal area.

0mins

There's been a few minutes delay to the start of this match, but the game is now underway, with the home side kicking off.

0mins

Cesc Fabregas was in inspired form for the Gunners when the sides met in October as they swept to a 6-2 victory. Without their captain and leading scorer, Sam Allardyce will fancy his chances especially at home, where Blackburn have been more solid.

0mins

Rovers have also not won in the last four matches, however, they have taken a point at home to three of the other "Big Four", with draws against Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.

0mins

In the head-to-heads Blackburn have not won in their most recent seven Premier League encounters and have lost the last four.

0mins

The return of Robin van Persie from a long-term injury, however, is a welcome one for Arsene Wenger. He has scored seven times in as many matches against Blackburn, more than he has scored against any of the other top flight clubs.

0mins

Arsenal are now three league games without a victory, equalling their worst run of the season. In fact, the Gunners have won just won of their last seven games in all competitions and that was a last gasp win at home to Wolves.

0mins

After a disappointing April, which saw them knocked out of the Champions League and the end of their Premier League title aspirations with defeats at Tottenham and Wigan, Arsene Wenger will be looking for his team to end the season strongly.

0mins

Arsenal's Russian attacker Andrey Arshavin was doubtful with a calf problem but takes his place on the visitors' bench.

0mins

Both Christopher Samba and Brett Emerton missed Blackburn's break in Scotland whilst receiving treatment, but both are available again this afternoon. Samba starts for the hosts, whilst Emerton is on the bench.

0mins

Arsenal team line-up: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Traore, Eboue, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Vela, van Persie

0mins

Blackburn team line-up: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Andrews, Grella, Dunn, Pedersen, Olsson, Roberts

Match Preview

Arsenal take a long trip north as they get set to tackle Sam Allardyce's Blackburn Rovers on Monday.

The Gunners' title-charge has now fizzled out and with just two games of the campaign remaining, they will be looking for back-to-back wins to offer some cheer for their suffering fans.

But Allardyce's well-drilled Rovers unit will make sure it is a tough day for the Londoners over the Bank Holiday weekend.

This will now be the fifth successive season that Arsenal have failed to win a piece of silverware and it will be interesting to see if any wholesale changes are made in the summer.

Although Blackburn have been held to three draws and suffered a defeat in their previous four fixtures, their home form has placed them in a healthy position this term.

They sit in 11th position and with nine wins, six draws and just three defeats on home soil, the Lancashire side are a tough nut to crack at Ewood Park.

Arsenal's form of recent times has ended their title hopes.

Their 1-1 draw at Birmingham City on March 27 proved to be a hammer blow and although they beat Wolverhampton Wanderers the following weekend thanks to a last-gasp Nicklas Bendtner goal, they have failed to prevail in any of their three previous encounters.

A 2-1 defeat at fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur on April 14 was then followed with a demoralising 3-2 setback at Wigan Athletic after the Gunners held a two-goal lead.

Then last Saturday, Arsene Wenger's struggling outfit were held to a goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium to top-four chasing Manchester City.

Arsenal's problems can arguably be pinpointed to their growing injury troubles and they are without a number of star players for the weekend clash.

Thomas Vermaelen and William Gallas (both calf) and Cesc Fabregas (broken leg) will not feature again this term while double leg fracture victim Aaron Ramsey is still a long way from a return.

Wenger may welcome goalkeeper Manuel Almunia (wrist) and Denilson (groin) back into the fray as they near full-fitness.

Blackburn have doubts over three key figures ahead of the weekend.

Christopher Samba (groin), Brett Emerton (hamstring) and El-Hadji Diouf (tonsillitis) will be touch-and-go to make the squad.

Earlier in the season, Arsenal handed out a 6-2 hiding at their Emirates Stadium home.

The visitors grabbed a shock lead through Steven Nzonzi inside four minutes but powerful centre-half Vermaelen restored parity soon after.

Blackburn regained the advantage thanks to David Dunn but once again a dominant Arsenal outfit hit back through Robin van Persie, before Andrey Arshavin put them in the lead for the first time.


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Match Report

Blackburn Rovers rounded off their home season in super style with a deserved 2-1 victory against long-time title contenders Arsenal.

Sam Allardyce's men came from behind to clinch maximum points with goals from Chris Samba and David Dunn as they avenged a heavy defeat at the Emirates Stadium in October.

In the week of the race for number ten Downing Street, it was Rovers' tenth home win of the season and took them into tenth place in the Premier League table.

For leading scorer Dunn, his goal just before half-time which cancelled out the Gunners' 14th-minute strike from Robin van Persie, was his tenth of the season.

The result maintained Rovers' unbeaten home record against the so-called 'top four', as they had previously drawn at Ewood Park against Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool.

Samba returned to the Rovers side after injury and was preferred as captain to fellow defender Ryan Nelsen. Teenager Phil Jones, who turned in man-of-the-match shows against Chelsea and Manchester United, had to be content with a place on the bench.

Arsenal, 6-2 winners against Blackburn at the Emirates earlier in the season, named Russian danger-man Andrey Arshavin among their substitutes after his recovery from injury.

The Gunners had the first chance of the game on three minutes when Rovers keeper Paul Robinson found himself stranded as Theo Walcott showed a typical burst of pace to race onto a throughball from midfield. But as Walcott laid the ball back, Carlos Vela shot wide of the empty net.

Three minutes later, Gunners keeper Lukasz Fabianski got down well to keep out a free-kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen awarded for a foul on Dunn by Abou Diaby 25 yards out.

Arsenal took the lead on 14 minutes when a free-kick from the left by Samir Nasri was headed on at the near post by Bacary Sagna and van Persie continued his fine run of scoring form against Rovers by heading in from point-blank range at the far post.

Just before the half-hour mark, van Persie had a free-kick from 20 yards out parried by Robinson and Michel Salgado put it behind for a corner.

At the other end, a free-kick from the right by Pedersen was smartly tipped over by Fabianski.

On 36 minutes, Rovers' Jason Roberts made a good run into the box and laid the ball back but both Keith Andrews and Dunn miskicked and an effort from Pedersen, following up, was blocked.

Two minutes before the break, Rovers were level through Dunn. Sol Campbell needlessly conceded a corner and Pedersen's from the left was touched on by Samba to Nelsen, who passed to Andrews on the right-hand edge of the six-yard box.

His cross fell at the far post to Dunn, who made no mistake from close range.

Ten minutes into the second half, Rovers had claims for a penalty waved aside after Pedersen was put through in the box by Dunn. The Norwegian's shot was saved by Fabianski and, as he chased the rebound, he was challenged by Campbell but the referee gave a corner.

Rovers were dominating and on 68 minutes took the lead, again from a Pedersen corner, this time awarded after Mikael Silvestre put the ball narrowly wide of his own goal.

Pedersen floated his kick in just under the bar and Samba headed home from point-blank range.

Blackburn Rovers

Arsenal

Corners

58

Fouls

2016

Goal attempts

95

Shots off target

32

Offsides

42

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