Monday May 3, 2010 Day 37 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 2 - 1 Arsenal

  • Dunn 43’
  • Samba 68’
  • van Persie 14’

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  1. Arsenal crumble at Blackburn

    Arsenal crumble at Blackburn

    Arsenal surrendered an early lead to lose 2-1 to a belligerent Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Arsenal
    • 90+4 And there's the whistle! Wonderful result for Blackburn, whose goals belied the attacking intent they carried for large periods of the game. Arsenal, meanwhile, can still, mathematically, be caught by Spurs...
    • 90'+3 Arshavin has the ball wide on the left, but there's a white and blue wall in the box which they're struggling to get around.
    • 90' Arsenal finally finding a head of steam, but Blackburn are holding them off
    • 88' It's just not happening for Arsenal. They're not pushing Blackburn in the closing stages
    • 86' David Dunn is off for Phil Jones
    • 84' Sagna goes down under a challenge from Roberts, but the freekick's a long way out
    • 82' Arsenal are continuing to scrap, but getting nowhere
    • 80' Arshavin picks out Walcott on the right of the area, whose cross again finds the bulk of Givet in the way. He's getting no joy from the Blackburn fullback, who's having a fantastic game
    • 79' Campbell rolled back the years with a barnstorming run towards the edge of the Blackburn area, but loses the ball cheaply in the end
    • 78' Dunn looks to have picked up a knock, but is playing on. Pedersen chucks a long throw to Robertson, who lets Campbell know he's there as the veteran centreback shepherds it out.
    • 77' Eboue is coming off for Arsenal, with Eduardo coming on to replace him. That's an attacking change for Arsenal
    • 76' Nasri concedes a soft freekick against Olsson, presumably for a high foot. It's a harsh call from a referee who has let some players get away with a lot more than that so far in this game
    • 75' Givet took that one straight to the nose, and he's still suffering now
    • 74' Walcott tries to break free down the right but Givet has stuck to him well and closed down the cross
    • 73' And Blackburn quickly break down the other end, with Campbell and Silvestre looking increasingly fragile with Blackburn playing quick, passing football!
    • 72' Arsenal break menacingly, with Nasri passing out left but Robinson covers
    • 70' Blackburn get themselves in a muddle, but Walcott fails to make the most of it and slams the ball into Nelsen, who clears
    • 69' Silvestre's a lucky lad, commiting another foul on the edge of the area. He's got to be very careful now. Dunn flashes the freekick just over
    • 68' Fabianski flapped at that, but is paying a heavy price for not being physically imposing enough to stop Nelsen and Samba blocking him off at every corner
    • 67' Blackburn have another corner, which is swung in TO SAMBA!! GOAL BLACKBURN!!
    • 66' Arsene Wenger makes his first throw if the dice, bringing on Arshavin for Vela
    • 64' Blackburn break down the left, and Roberts is rugby-tackled by Silvestre, which sees the Frenchman carded
    • 63' They take it quickly, and van Persie makes space in the area to shoot!! But Salgado's charged into him from behind! And surely that's a penalty too?! Again the ref waves on, and we're all square with regards to clear penalty shouts denied
    • 62' Arsenal playing the ball well along the left, with Eboue, Vela, and Diaby confusing the Blackburn defence. They fail to create a real threat, though, and force a freekick
    • 61' Traore gets clattered though, and Arsenal can clear.
    • 60' Fabianski parries it wide, and Blackburn have a corner. They've stuck three men in front of Fabianski this time. Subtle
    • 59' Dunn lays off to Hoilett on the right of the box, and Hoilett SHOOTS! GOOD SAVE!
    • 58' Diaby loses the ball easily to Dunn in the Arsenal half, and Blackburn can break!
    • 57' Well, we've had some action in the second half, finally, but Pedersen looks to have got a bit excited, and lunges dangerously over the ball into van Persie! Horrible tackle
    • 56' Blackburn make their first change, with Grela making way for David Hoilett
    • 54' And Pedersen gets to the rebound, but Sol Campbell clatters into the Norwegian just as the ball is crossing the line for a goal-kick! Stone-wall penalty! But the ref doesn't give it!!!
    • 53' Dunn picks up the ball on the edge of the area and dinks a lovely ball through to Pedersen WHO'S THROUGH ON GOAL AND SHOOTS! FANTASTIC SAVE!
    • 52' Van Persie wipes out Samba in the Blackburn area, and Robinson misjudges the ball to concede a corner. Nasri whips it in but Blackburn clear
    • 51' And after all that possessional play, a poor pass from Eboue from 10 yards ends the move with a Blackburn throw. What a waste
    • 50' Arsenal are playing the ball around under little pressure from Blackburn, but not making significant ground with the sideways passes
    • 48' Blackburn appear to have cut Arsenal to shreds there, with Pedersen sent totally clear through the middle before chipping the ball clear of both Fabianski and the bar, but the linesman flagged him offside! Dubious decision, at best
    • 47' Walcott has the ball on the right again, but plays it straight into the feet of Givet! I have no idea what he was trying to do then
    • 46' Blackburn clear comfortably though, as Arsene Wenger finally reemerges in the dugout
    • 46' Walcott makes a lively start, testing Givet on the right and winning a corner for van Persie to take
    • 45' Arsenal get us back underway for the second half!
    • 45+1 And there goes the half-time whistle! Arsenal looked a class-apart in the opening minutes, but Blackburn have battered and bruised themselves level
    • 45' Van Persie goes down under a challenge from Grela, who took a look at the Dutchman before jumping for the ball, before leading with his elbow into van Persie's head. Bad challenge that, but nothing given from the ref
    • 44' Arsene Wenger doesn't look too happy about that, and Roberts definitely looked to be blocking Fabianski from the corner
    • 43' Fabianski punches weakly, and Blackburn get it back in, Roberts flicking it on to the far post AND DUNN TAPS IT IN!!! GOAL FOR BLACKBURN!!
    • 42' Blackburn have a corner, which Pedersen knocks deep
    • 40' Van Persie takes it, but Chris Samba heads well clear
    • 39' Traore does well to retain possession under pressure on Arsenal's left. He cuts inside and switches the ball to the right, where Arsenal draw another freekick
    • 38' It's eerily quiet at Ewood Park now, and there's not much going on on the pitch to change that!
    • 37' Nasri brings the ball forward in the middle, and sends the ball right to Walcott, whose touch is too heavy
    • 36' Samba delivers a long ball from the halfway line to the edge of the area, which Fabianski claims well! He's getting some confidence now, Fabianski
    • 35' Dangerous from Blackburn! Roberts tussles with Campbell on the left, and turns the big defender. he lays it off to Pedersen who dummies on the edge of the box, but Dunn didn't expect it, and lets it run! What a chance for Blackburn, who had numbers forward then!
    • 33' Pedersen delivers the corner, and the Blackburn players are all over Fabianski! The keeper gets a punch to the corner at the far post, but the referee has blown for a foul anyway. It looks like the Arsenal keeper is featuring heavily in Blackburn's gameplan...
    • 32' It's hit with venom! Great save from Fabianski to parry it over the bar!
    • 31' Grela curls a wonderful ball through to Pedersen on the right. Traore intercepts, but plays the ball too far ahead of him and goes through Salgado to get to the ball. The ref plays on at first, but the linesman flags a foul, and Pedersen has a freekick wide right
    • 29' Decent effort around the wall, low to Robinson's right. Parried by the keeper and clear for a corner
    • 29' Van Persie to take again...
    • 28' Nasri feeds van Persie on the edge of the area, who turns Nelsen and wins another freekick. Scrappy
    • 27' Roberts draws a foul from Silvestre under the ball, which Pedersen drifts in, but Campbell again heads clear. Campbell's completely dominating the ball in the air at the moment!
    • 26' And this time Eboue is hauled down! But Dunn escapes the book! Van Persie lines it up, but fails to breach the wall
    • 25' The goal kick finds Traore, who immediately ups the pace and draws a cynical foul from Grela, who rightly goes in the book
    • 24' And he is, after a slight delay. You get the feeling he's going to have to get used to claiming the long ball in this match...
    • 22' Fabianski takes after knock after launching himself over Campbell to claim another long ball. Looks like he'll be ok though
    • 21' Blackburn win a kick right on the halfway line, and, again, Robinson comes forwards to launch it into the area. Blackburn's gameplan is fairly obvious, at the moment
    • 20' Campbell's there again though, with a towering header
    • 20' Meanwhile, Pedersen has a throw deep in Arsenal's half, which he launches into the area!
    • 19' Well, after a lively start, the match is getting a bit flat now. Roberts is having a moan at the ref about the Arsenal defence, but Martin Atkinson doesn't look particularly bothered
    • 18' Campbell's looking comfortable with the physicality of this Blackburn side at the moment, barging Samba out from under the long ball
    • 17' Vela handles the ball deep in the Blackburn half, and Paul Robinson sends an enormous long ball into the box for Fabianski to claim!
    • 15' Arsenal can't make anything of it though, and Blackburn switch the ball to Givet on the left
    • 14' Every time van Persie plays, he leaves Arsenal fans lamenting his injury record this season. Fantastic header from the Dutchman, and he's won a freekick in the Blackburn half...
    • 13' Arsenal have plenty forward for it, and VAN PERSIE'S THERE WITH A HEADER! Sagna flicks it on from the front post to van Persie, who steers it in at the far stick!
    • 11' Walcott creates some space for himself on the right with his terrifying pace, but the ball is flat and Arsenal have a corner
    • 10' Olsson surely plays the ball deliberately with his hand, but the ref just blows for a freekick. He's lucky he hasn't gone in the book
    • 9' Givet has the ball deep on the left for Blackburn, and tries to play it around with Dunn but Arsenal smother it well, before unleashing Vela down the left wing! Arsenal overplay it though, and Blackburn can clear
    • 8' Arsenal are playing for possession at the moment, with Walcott and Sagna linking nicely on the right corner of Blackburn's area but unable to wiork space for a shot
    • 6' Arsenal spread the ball wide with some success, but Blackburn are, typically, looking very solid after their initial scare
    • 5' Pedersen HITS IT! Good curling effort from the Norwegian, and well held by Fabianski
    • 4' Traore loses the ball to Pedersen on the half-way line, Dunn gets the ball and draws a foul from Diaby dead-centre, 20 odd yards out...
    • 4' Tremendous start from Walcott, who combined his electifying pace with a fanatastic ball to Vela
    • 3' Walcott somehow keeps a longball in on the far right, reaching the byline and squaring FOR VELA! WHAT A MISS! Vela somehow skews the ball wide of the left post from four yards out, with the keeper in no-mans land!
    • 2' Blackburn try to keep the ball in the air, but Campbell clears
    • 1' The low cross is headed clear by van Persie, and Arsenal clear for a throw, which Pedersen will also take!
    • 1' Pedersen lines it up...
    • 1' Positive start by Blackburn, drawing a foul from Campbell just outside the area with 30 seconds gone!
    • 1' And Blackburn get us underway!
    • - Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Traore, Eboue, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Vela, van Persie. Subs: Mannone, Eduardo, Djourou, Arshavin, Gibbs, Eastmond, Henderson.
    • - Here's the teams! Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Andrews, Grella, Dunn, Pedersen, Olsson, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Jacobsen, Emerton, Basturk, Hoilett, Di Santo, Jones.
    • - Arsenal have picked up just five points from the last 15 available. Their only win since mid-March was 1-0 at home against Wolves on April 3
    • - Blackburn are unbeaten at home against Big Four opposition this season – drawing all three previous Premier League matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United. However, they have not won in their last 12 PL matches at Ewood Park against these clubs stretching back over three years – since a 1-0 victory against Liverpool on Boxing Day 2006.
    • - Blackburn have not won in their last seven Premier League matches against Arsenal, losing the last four. Their only victory in the last 13 was 1-0 at home in February 2006 – Morten Gamst Pedersen scored the only goal.
    • - Blackburn and Arsenal have met 103 times in the league. Blackburn Rovers have won 24, Arsenal 50 and there have been 29 draws.
    • - I sense some stats approaching...
    • - Good afternoon and welcome to our live text commentary of Blackburn Rovers v Arsenal!
  • Summary

    • 77' Eboue is coming off for Arsenal, with Eduardo coming on to replace him. That's an attacking change for Arsenal
    • 67' Blackburn have another corner, which is swung in TO SAMBA!! GOAL BLACKBURN!!
    • 63' They take it quickly, and van Persie makes space in the area to shoot!! But Salgado's charged into him from behind! And surely that's a penalty too?! Again the ref waves on, and we're all square with regards to clear penalty shouts denied
    • 59' Dunn lays off to Hoilett on the right of the box, and Hoilett SHOOTS! GOOD SAVE!
    • 54' And Pedersen gets to the rebound, but Sol Campbell clatters into the Norwegian just as the ball is crossing the line for a goal-kick! Stone-wall penalty! But the ref doesn't give it!!!
    • 53' Dunn picks up the ball on the edge of the area and dinks a lovely ball through to Pedersen WHO'S THROUGH ON GOAL AND SHOOTS! FANTASTIC SAVE!
    • 43' Fabianski punches weakly, and Blackburn get it back in, Roberts flicking it on to the far post AND DUNN TAPS IT IN!!! GOAL FOR BLACKBURN!!
    • 32' It's hit with venom! Great save from Fabianski to parry it over the bar!
    • 13' Arsenal have plenty forward for it, and VAN PERSIE'S THERE WITH A HEADER! Sagna flicks it on from the front post to van Persie, who steers it in at the far stick!
    • 5' Pedersen HITS IT! Good curling effort from the Norwegian, and well held by Fabianski
    • 3' Walcott somehow keeps a longball in on the far right, reaching the byline and squaring FOR VELA! WHAT A MISS! Vela somehow skews the ball wide of the left post from four yards out, with the keeper in no-mans land!
    • - Arsenal: Fabianski, Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Traore, Eboue, Diaby, Walcott, Nasri, Vela, van Persie. Subs: Mannone, Eduardo, Djourou, Arshavin, Gibbs, Eastmond, Henderson.
    • - Here's the teams! Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet, Andrews, Grella, Dunn, Pedersen, Olsson, Roberts. Subs: Brown, Jacobsen, Emerton, Basturk, Hoilett, Di Santo, Jones.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Line-up

    Live Team Line-Up

    • Starting line-up

      • P. Robinson
      • Míchel Salgado
      • C. Samba Goal
      • R. Nelsen
      • G. Givet
      • K. Andrews
      • V. Grella Yellow Card Substitution Out (58′)
      • M. Gamst Pedersen Yellow Card
      • D. Dunn Goal Substitution Out (86′)
      • M. Olsson
      • J. Roberts

      Subs

      • Y. Bastürk
      • B. Emerton
      • L. Jacobsen
      • J. Brown
      • D. Hoilett Substitution In58′
      • F. Di Santo
      • P. Jones Substitution In86′
    • Starting line-up

      • L. Fabianski
      • B. Sagna
      • S. Campbell Yellow Card
      • M. Silvestre Yellow Card
      • A. Traoré
      • E. Eboué Substitution Out (78′)
      • A. Diaby
      • T. Walcott
      • S. Nasri
      • C. Vela Substitution Out (67′)
      • R. van Persie Goal

      Subs

      • A. Arshavin Substitution In67′
      • J. Djourou
      • V. Mannone
      • K. Gibbs
      • E. da Silva Substitution In78′
      • C. Eastmond
      • C. Henderson
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