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  • Date:17 Sep 2011
  • Kick-off:12:45
  • Venue:Ewood Park
  • Attendance:22,637
  • Yakubu (24)
    Alex Song - og (49)
    Yakubu (58) Laurent Koscielny - og (68)
  • Gervinho (9) Arteta (33) Chamakh (84)
Goal!

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95mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Clearance made by Jason Lowe.

93mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Steven Nzonzi manages to make a clearance. Close range header by Marouane Chamakh goes wide of the left-hand post.

93mins

Clarindo Andre Santos takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.

93mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

92mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny by Simon Vukcevic. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny. Close range headed effort by Per Mertesacker clears the crossbar.

89mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu by Johan Djourou. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.

87mins

Theo Walcott delivers the ball.

85mins

Robin van Persie sends in a cross, Marouane Chamakh grabs a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal.Assist by Robin van Persie.

83mins

The ball is delivered by Johan Djourou.

82mins

Shot on goal by Clarindo Andre Santos from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

81mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.

81mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba.

81mins

Gael Givet challenges Yao Gervinho unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

80mins

David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Clarindo Andre Santos takes the direct free kick.

80mins

Simon Vukcevic takes a shot. Blocked by Clarindo Andre Santos.

78mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Ramsey on Martin Olsson. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

78mins

Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

77mins

Centre by Yao Gervinho, save by Paul Robinson.

77mins

Mikel Arteta fouled by Radosav Petrovic, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

The ball is swung over by Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Marouane Chamakh joins the action as a substitute, replacing Alex Song. Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line. Gael Givet fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

75mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line to the near post.

75mins

The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott, Scott Dann gets a block in.

74mins

Martin Olsson is given a yellow card.

73mins

Theo Walcott crosses the ball.

72mins

Clarindo Andre Santos produces a cross, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.

71mins

Centre by Clarindo Andre Santos, save by Paul Robinson.

70mins

Yao Gervinho delivers the ball, clearance by Scott Dann.

68mins

An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Laurent Koscielny. Blackburn 4-2 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Martin Olsson.

68mins

Mikel Arteta takes the inswinging corner, Steven Nzonzi makes a clearance.

68mins

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Blocked by Radosav Petrovic.

67mins

Scott Dann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Theo Walcott. The referee cautions Scott Dann for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie, clearance by Gael Givet.

66mins

Johan Djourou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

66mins

The ball is crossed by Johan Djourou, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.

65mins

Simon Vukcevic on for Mauro Formica.

64mins

Theo Walcott replaces Andrey Arshavin.

64mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Blocked by Mauro Formica. Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line to the near post, Headed effort from close range by Robin van Persie goes wide left of the goal.

58mins

Corner taken right-footed by David Hoilett, Steven Nzonzi takes a shot. Ayegbeni Yakubu grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 3-2 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Steven Nzonzi.

58mins

A cross is delivered by Martin Olsson, Johan Djourou gets a block in.

57mins

Johan Djourou challenges David Hoilett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Johan Djourou shown a yellow card. David Hoilett crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Robin van Persie.

56mins

Martin Olsson on for Ruben Rochina.

56mins

Centre by Yao Gervinho, clearance by Scott Dann.

55mins

Yao Gervinho sends in a cross, Scott Dann makes a clearance.

54mins

Andrey Arshavin fouled by Jason Lowe, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

54mins

David Hoilett challenges Johan Djourou unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

54mins

Mauro Formica takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

53mins

Johan Djourou on for Bacary Sagna.

52mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Header from close in by Alex Song misses to the right of the target.

52mins

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Steven Nzonzi.

49mins

Unfair challenge on Jason Lowe by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ruben Rochina from right by-line. Alex Song scores an own goal from 6 yards. Blackburn 2-2 Arsenal.Assist by Ruben Rochina.

49mins

Centre by David Hoilett.

46mins

Yao Gervinho is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.

44mins

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, save by Paul Robinson.

44mins

Yao Gervinho takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Dann.

43mins

The ball is crossed by Aaron Ramsey, Jason Lowe makes a clearance.

41mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Hoilett by Alex Song. Free kick taken by Ruben Rochina.

40mins

Clarindo Andre Santos delivers the ball.

40mins

Short corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.

39mins

Yao Gervinho produces a cross, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.

36mins

Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Paul Robinson makes a save.

36mins

Foul by Mauro Formica on Alex Song, free kick awarded. Alex Song restarts play with the free kick.

34mins

Goal scored by Mikel Arteta from the edge of the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal.The assist for the goal came from Aaron Ramsey.

33mins

Unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Steven Nzonzi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Clarindo Andre Santos.

33mins

David Hoilett delivers the ball, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

32mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Mauro Formica. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

30mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

29mins

Outswinging corner taken by Gael Givet, Christopher Samba produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

29mins

Christopher Samba produces a overhead kick right-footed shot from 12 yards. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.

28mins

Aaron Ramsey challenges David Hoilett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

25mins

Goal scored by Ayegbeni Yakubu from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal.David Hoilett provided the assist for the goal.

24mins

Yao Gervinho takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

24mins

Radosav Petrovic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

23mins

Bacary Sagna produces a cross, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance by Steven Nzonzi.

22mins

Drilled right-footed shot by Yao Gervinho. Paul Robinson makes a save.

20mins

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal. Save made by Paul Robinson.

20mins

Shot by Andrey Arshavin. Jason Lowe gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance by Gael Givet.

18mins

Mikel Arteta challenges Steven Nzonzi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Michel Salgado leaves the field to be replaced by Radosav Petrovic. A cross is delivered by Ruben Rochina, Header from close range by Christopher Samba misses to the right of the target.

18mins

David Hoilett delivers the ball, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

14mins

The ball is delivered by Robin van Persie.

13mins

Handball by Aaron Ramsey. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

13mins

Laurent Koscielny produces a cross, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.

13mins

Inswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line.

12mins

Centre by Andrey Arshavin, Michel Salgado gets a block in.

11mins

Foul by Steven Nzonzi on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.

10mins

Yao Gervinho grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Arsenal.Assist by Alex Song.

9mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by David Hoilett. Per Mertesacker takes the direct free kick.

8mins

The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie takes a shot.

8mins

Foul by Ruben Rochina on Clarindo Andre Santos, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Clarindo Andre Santos.

6mins

Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker. Direct free kick taken by Per Mertesacker.

5mins

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

4mins

Ruben Rochina has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

3mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mauro Formica on Laurent Koscielny. Clarindo Andre Santos takes the direct free kick.

2mins

The ball is delivered by David Hoilett, save by Wojciech Szczesny.

1mins

A cross is delivered by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Christopher Samba.

1mins

Centre by Bacary Sagna, blocked by Gael Givet.

Match Preview

Hoilett cleared for Arsenal test Blackburn playmaker Junior Hoilett is fit for the Barclays Premier League clash against Arsenal at Ewood Park. The Canada-born forward was concussed after a heavy collision with Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer last week. Morten Gamst Pedersen (hamstring), David Dunn (calf) and Ryan Nelsen (knee) all face fitness tests. Captain Chris Samba wants to make life a "living hell" for the Gunners. Rovers are anxious to kick-start their campaign after failing to register a win in their opening four matches. Steve Kean's men are bottom of the table with just one point and some disgruntled supporters are planning to stage a march to demand the manager's removal prior to this weekend's kick-off. Yet Samba feels that is unnecessary as performances have deserved far better and he is convinced Rovers have the game to worry the Gunners. The highly-rated Congo defender, who was linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer, said: "If you are a football player you shouldn't be scared of any team. "It is a home game and it is up to us to make it a living hell for them when they come here. It is simple, we must to do our best to make sure they don't play as they want to, make it horrible for them." Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has every sympathy for the plight of under-fire Kean. "It is hard for everybody, even for those who manage for 30 years," said Wenger, who transformed the Gunners since taking charge in September 1996. "I just believe this job is difficult. Every who has been in it knows it, and how much depends on the situation you are in at the moment." Wenger added: "I have a lot of sympathy for Steve Kean. He is a young manager and you want to give him time to do his job. "A lot of time you complain the British managers do not get a chance and I can understand that but when they do get a chance you must give them time." Arsenal will welcome back Alex Song and Gervinho from three-match bans but midfielder Aaron Ramsey faces a fitness test on an ankle injury. Defender Carl Jenkinson is also available following a one-match suspension, but Tomas Rosicky (knee) and Ryo Miyaichi (calf) are doubts. Midfielders Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby (both ankle) are longer-term absentees.

Formation:4411Manager: Steve Kean

Blackburn

Formation: 433Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Paul Robinson
  • Michel Salgado
  • Christopher Samba
  • Scott Dann
  • Gael Givet
  • David Hoilett
  • Jason Lowe
  • Steven Nzonzi
  • Ruben Rochina
  • Mauro Formica
  • Ayegbeni Yakubu
  • SUBS
  • Mark Bunn
  • Martin Olsson
  • Vincenzo Grella
  • Radosav Petrovic
  • Simon Vukcevic
  • Jason Roberts
  • Grant Hanley

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Match Report

Rovers battle back to pile pressure on Wenger Arsenal self-destructed in a terrible second-half display against Blackburn to leave manager Arsene Wenger once more in the firing line. This match was preceded by a march of Blackburn fans demanding the head of Steve Kean - but by the final whistle there was only one club left looking in crisis as Rovers triumphed 4-3. Own goals by Alex Song and Laurent Koscielny, plus two poachers goals by Rovers debutant Ayegbeni Yakubu, dealt crushing blows to the Gunners, who had been apparently cruising at half-time thanks to goals from Gervinho and Mikel Arteta. Marouane Chamakh's header made it 4-3 and a nervy last five minutes for Kean, but the league table now shows Blackburn above Wenger's men. This must have had a look of painful familiarity to Arsenal fans - some great attacking play but hopeless fragility at set-pieces and a vulnerability to the pace of Junior Hoilett and Martin Olsson. Arsenal had given Kean just the start he must have feared when Gervinho scored his first goal for the Gunners in the 10th minute. Song's masterly run in midfield was followed by a peach of a through-pass that Gervinho ran on to and hit first-time, the ball going through Chris Samba's legs and across Paul Robinson into the far corner. Samba exposed Arsenal with a free header at a free-kick - but high and wide - before Andrey Arshavin then brought a sprawling save out of Robinson with a sharp low shot from 20 yards. Gervinho then wasted two more chances to extend the lead, and Rovers made the Gunners regret such largesse when Yakubu brought the scores level with the neatest of finishes in the 25th minute. Arsenal had half-cleared the ball but Hoilett produced a pass to match Song's, and Yakubu instinctively nudged it past the on-rushing Wojciech Szczesny to score. Samba's presence at set-plays continued to upset Arsenal, who had been heavily linked with a move for the giant Congo defender in the summer, and he won a corner but again headed over. Ten minutes before the break a patient Arsenal build-up led to an incisive move that saw the Gunners regain the lead. Aaron Ramsey surged into the box on to Song's pass and, with Blackburn's defence expecting a ball to Robin van Persie at the near-post, cut the ball back for Arteta to rifle the ball into the roof of the net. It was the Spaniard's first goal for Arsenal - but his second against Blackburn this season, having scored a last-minute winner for Everton from the spot. Gervinho was wasteful again after good work by Arshavin, taking the shot when a pass to van Persie would have given his skipper an open goal, and Scott Dann blocked well. Blackburn began the second half with obvious urgency and Arsenal looked rattled when Arshavin conceded a free-kick on the left of the area five minutes after the break. Such fear was justified when Ruben Rochina floated in the free-kick and the ball bounced off Song's knee and into the net for an own goal. Song, comfortably the man of the match up until that point, could only look in disbelief. Fired up by the equaliser, Rovers went on a series of offensives ending with Yakubu stunning Arsenal and putting the home side ahead for the first time. Hoilett's corner ended up at Steven Nzonzi's feet at the far post and he drove the ball at goal with Yakubu - with a suspicion of offside - stabbing it in from close range. Van Persie glanced a corner wide of the post as Arsenal tried to respond, but it was Blackburn via another own goal who struck. Olsson's pace destroyed Johan Djourou and he then nipped past Song and crossed - with Koscielny deflecting the ball into the empty net. Robinson tipped over van Persie's header with 15 minutes left before Wenger threw caution to the wind, sending on Chamakh for Song. The Rovers keeper again saved with his finger-tips from van Persie, but with five minutes left on the clock the Gunners skipper produced a stunning cross and Chamakh out-jumped both centre-backs to plant a header in the top corner. There was a nervous end for Kean when Per Mertesacker had a clear header a few yards out in injury time but he sent the ball on to the roof of the net.

Form Guide

    LLLD
  • Blackburn
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • DLLW

Last Meetings

  • 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
  • Blackburn
  • 0 - 4
  • Arsenal
  • 13/09/2008

Top Scorers

Blackburn

  • M Pedersen 1
  • M Formica 1
  • R Rochina 1

Arsenal

  • A Arshavin 1
  • R van Persie 1
  • T Walcott 1

Goals

Blackburn

    • Total goals 10
    • Goals per game 3
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 10
    • Goals per game 3
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) Period 31-40 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 1 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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