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Shot by Jack Wilshere. Save by Paul Robinson. Tomas Rosicky decides to take a short corner.
Tomas Rosicky takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
David Dunn delivers the ball, Gael Givet has a drilled shot. Alex Song makes a clearance.
Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball, blocked by Gael Clichy. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Vassiriki Diaby.
The referee blows for offside against Christopher Samba. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Vassiriki Diaby gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gael Givet. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Effort on goal by Michel Salgado from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target. Jack Wilshere joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrey Arshavin.
David Dunn takes a shot. Save made by Manuel Almunia.
Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball. Mame Diouf goes off and Steven Nzonzi comes on.
The official flags Christopher Samba offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Effort on goal by Theo Walcott from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Foul by Mame Diouf on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
Gael Givet concedes a free kick for a foul on Theo Walcott. The referee shows Gael Givet a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Theo Walcott, clearance by Martin Olsson.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Paul Robinson.
The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Shot on goal by Laurent Koscielny from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. Tomas Rosicky on for Francesc Fabregas.
Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line played to the near post, David Dunn makes a clearance.
Michel Salgado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
Martin Olsson crosses the ball, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
Martin Olsson comes on in place of Nikola Kalinic.
Theo Walcott produces a cross, clearance made by Michel Salgado.
The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Michel Salgado takes a shot. Clearance by Gael Clichy.
Andrey Arshavin produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott, blocked by Gael Givet.
Andrey Arshavin delivers the ball, Morten Gamst Pedersen makes a clearance.
Effort on goal by Nikola Kalinic from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target. David Dunn joins the action as a substitute, replacing Vincenzo Grella.
Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Gael Givet gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Francesc Fabregas.
El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Theo Walcott. Andrey Arshavin finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal.
Assist on the goal came from Theo Walcott.
Effort by Morten Gamst Pedersen from a long way out goes over the target.
Morten Gamst Pedersen fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
Mame Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Vermaelen. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Shot by Theo Walcott. Blocked by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikola Kalinic. Morten Gamst Pedersen fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Francesc Fabregas.
El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Centre by Gael Givet.
Centre by Mame Diouf, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, Paul Robinson makes a save.
Centre by Bacary Sagna.
The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, blocked by Phil Jones.
A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
The ball is swung over by Mame Diouf, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
Shot from outside the box by Vassiriki Diaby goes wide right of the target.
Nikola Kalinic challenges Alex Song unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Vassiriki Diaby challenges Vincenzo Grella unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Marouane Chamakh comes on in place of Robin van Persie.
Morten Gamst Pedersen concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Andrey Arshavin.
Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Alex Song by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Alex Song takes the direct free kick.
The ball is sent over by Phil Jones, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Nikola Kalinic has a drilled shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.
Mame Diouf scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from El-Hadji Diouf.
The ball is sent over by Mame Diouf, save by Manuel Almunia.
The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, clearance made by Ryan Nelsen. Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Vincenzo Grella makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Ryan Nelsen results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Mame Diouf. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
Shot by Vincenzo Grella. Thomas Vermaelen gets a block in.
Theo Walcott fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Arsenal.Assist by Robin van Persie.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Almunia by Nikola Kalinic. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance.
Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Michel Salgado gets a block in.
The ball is swung over by Mame Diouf, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
Effort on goal by Nikola Kalinic from 20 yards. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Christopher Samba produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas to the near post, clearance by Phil Jones. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas played to the near post, Vincenzo Grella makes a clearance.
Ryan Nelsen takes a shot. Francesc Fabregas makes a clearance. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Phil Jones delivers the ball, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Robin van Persie manages to make a clearance.
Vincenzo Grella sends in a cross, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Mame Diouf. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
Theo Walcott is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot from 12 yards. Blocked by Vincenzo Grella.
Short corner worked by Robin van Persie.
Unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
The match begins.
The half-time whistle blows.
The referee gets the second half started.
The referee brings the game to a close.
Dunn poised for Rovers return
Blackburn midfielder David Dunn could return to the side for the Barclays Premier League match against Arsenal at Ewood Park.
Dunn returned to training this week after suffering a groin injury during the opening day victory over Everton.
Gael Givet is expected to play after losing a tooth in the Carling Cup win over Norwich which left him in in some discomfort but Keith Andrews is absent with a groin problem.
Boss Sam Allardyce takes extra confidence going into the match from his side's good form at Ewood Park.
They beat Everton on the opening day and lost only three times in the league last season in front of their own supporters.
He said: "Psychologically we feel very good when we play at home. The players come in and feel very buoyant and I need to keep that feeling going as long as possible.
"It has been going for the best part of two years now. Ever since I came here, even though we were in the doldrums and in the bottom three, we were always very competitive and capable of picking up points at home.
"Overall I've lost about five home games during my time at Ewood Park and that is a record we want to keep and we want to improve on.
"You can't ever give up on telling your players how to do the right things in the right areas.
"You must constantly get onto them about continuing to do those things no matter who you are playing. If you do that then you get the results. If you don't you can end up slipping up."
Arsenal will have midfielder Denilson back in the squad after an abdominal injury.
Centre-half Laurent Koscielny is available again following a one-match ban, but new signing Sebastien Squillaci is not expected to be involved at Ewood Park.
Samir Nasri (knee), Nicklas Bendtner (groin) and Aaron Ramsey (broken leg) remain sidelined.
Arsenal head to Ewood Park on the back of a 6-0 thrashing of newboys Blackpool.
England forward Theo Walcott grabbed a hat-trick against the Tangerines, but still drew criticism from BBC pundit Alan Hansen.
Wenger, though, feels the 21-year-old - now very much back in the England fold after being left out of the World Cup squad - will take it all in his stride.
"I believe you can always win every battle - just show up with a good performance," the Arsenal manager said.
"It was a one-day performance, but I believe personally that Theo has the quality to repeat those kind of performances and that is what he has to show on the football pitch.
"I have seen so many great players in my life. They have all been questioned - Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney has been questioned at 20, Zidane had been questioned at 20, but that is down to the players to answer on the pitch with their performance."
Wenger added: "Theo has a quality, apart from football qualities, he is mentally strong, he is fit on the ground and is intelligent.
"He was unlucky many times with long-term injuries, but it helped him to mature as well and to take a distance from all the hype after he went to the World Cup at 17. He dealt with that very well.
"For the rest, if you are fit on the ground and fit on earth, turn up on Saturday and have a great game and that is the best way to get everybody on board."
Walcott stunner helps Gunners to win
Theo Walcott struck another timely reminder to watching England boss Fabio Capello that he was wrong to drop him from his World Cup squad as Arsenal edged to a 2-1 victory at Ewood Park.
Walcott, recalled by Capello this week for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers, fired a stunning 19th minute opener as the Gunners worked hard for the points.
Walcott was sent scampering clear down the right flank by a fine ball from Robin van Persie before cutting inside and ramming a low shot past Paul Robinson.
Rovers made life hard for Arsene Wenger's men and Mame Diouf's 26th minute equaliser was the least they deserved before Andrey Arshavin won it for the visitors in the 51st minute.
Wenger never relishes his trips to Ewood Park and the driving east Lancashire rain approaching kick-off time threatened to make his latest return an unwelcome one.
Rovers started positively, with Morten Gamst Pedersen's long throw causing Manuel Almunia to enter the action early to pluck the ball off the head of Christopher Samba.
The Gunners came close to an opener in the third minute when Abou Diaby's shot in a crowded box took a heavy deflection off Vince Grella and rather fortuitously struck goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
But Rovers set about peppering the Arsenal box with high balls and their tactic nearly paid off in the ninth minute when Ryan Nelsen's header was headed off the line by Cesc Fabregas.
In a promising opening spell Fabregas then split the Rovers defence with a through-ball towards Walcott, only for Samba to get in with a superb saving challenge.
El-Hadji Diouf failed to pick out namesake Mame in acres of space in a Rovers counter-attack then in the 15th minute Samba headed just over from another Pedersen corner.
Walcott's 19th minute strike was so powerful it required lengthy half-time repairs to the net - but when Arsenal threatened to go on and win at a canter it was the home side who struck back.
Samba set off a swift counter-attack which sent El-Hadji Diouf tearing down the left where he cut inside the hapless Laurent Koscielny and squared for Mame Diouf to sweep home.
Wenger was forced to make his first change in the 34th minute when van Persie hobbled off with an apparent knee injury and was replaced by Marouane Chamakh.
Confidence continued to bleed back into Blackburn after the break and Pedersen was not too far away with an audacious long-range effort in the 50th minute.
But the Gunners went back ahead one minute later when a Fabregas effort in the box was blocked only to squirt clear to Arshavin, who poked past the advancing Robinson.
Nikola Kalinic blazed a left-foot shot over the bar before Allardyce made his first change introducing Dunn in a bid to add some creativity to his midfield.
However as the game wore on Wenger's men looked increasingly to be finding their rhythm and Nelsen and Samba were working overtime to repel Arshavin and Chamakh.
But it was Walcott who always looked the biggest threat and the young striker came close to a second on 75 minutes when he lofted a long-range effort inches over the bar.
Walcott thought he had knocked home the Gunners' third at the other end only to be deemed inches offside, then substitute Jack Wilshere missed a sitter in injury time.
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