Saturday September 17, 2011 Day 5 Finished Ewood Park

Blackburn Rovers 4 - 3 Arsenal

  • Aiyegbeni 25’, 59’
  • Song 50’ (o.g.)
  • Koscielny 69’ (o.g.)
  • Gervinho 10’
  • Arteta 34’
  • Chamakh 85’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Blackburn Rovers
    • Arsenal
    • - Don't forget you can watch highlights of this match, along with every Premier League game, from 00:01 on Monday morning (UK only).
    • 90+5' FULL TIME. Two goals from Yakubu and two own goals as Blackburn secure their first victory of the season. Arsenal are firmly in trouble though.
    • 90+5' Lowe clears for Blackburn as a dinked ball from Walcott threatens to sneak in.
    • 90+4' And Chamakh heads wide from a Walcott cross! Arsenal waste another great chance!
    • 90+3' Now Van Persie is denied in a late scramble! What a conclusion, and Arsenal have a late, late corner.
    • 90+2' What a miss! Mertesacker gets to the ball at the back post when meeting a cross from Santos but the Germany international heads over!
    • 90' We will have four added minutes at Ewood Park.
    • 89' Yakubu is named man of the match by the PA announcer at Ewood Park and it is hard to disagree, even if his second goal was offside.
    • 87' Chamakh gets to a fine cross from Walcott and turns the ball back across the face of goal, only for Blackburn to clear. This will be a very nervy end to proceedings.
    • 85' GOAL! 4-3 Blackburn! Chamakh gets between Givet and Dann to meet a fantastic cross from Van Persie to head home. Game on?
    • 84' A dismal attempt at a cross from Djourou and he holds his head in his hands.
    • 82' Superb save by Robinson! He claws away a header from Van Persie after the Dutchman connects with an Arteta corner! Now Santos fires over.
    • 81' Arsenal win a corner as Walcott has a shot deflected wide off Samba.
    • 78' Nzonzi tests Szczesny with a curling effort. Olsson is then lucky to avoid a dismissal when tricking the ref with a clear dive having already been booked.
    • 76' Chamakh immediately calls Robinson into action with a fine save from a corner but is penalised for a push.
    • 76' Marouane Chamakh is on to add more presence in the Arsenal attack, replacing Song.
    • 75' Robinson stretches to tip a header from Van Persie over the bar.
    • 75' If the score stays like this then Arsenal will be level on four points from five games with Blackburn. Rovers will be ahead on goal difference.
    • 73' How has this happened? Arsenal were in such control at half-time and to surrender so pathetically really is alarming.
    • 71' Olsson was booked for his celebrations by the way.
    • 69' GOAL! 4-2 Blackburn! This is quite unbelievable. Arsenal are caught up the pitch from a corner and Djourou fails to deal with Olsson as he races away down the right. The Swede then cuts a ball back and Koscielny turns it home past his own keeper. Arsenal are beyond parody today.
    • 68' Arsenal cannot test Robinson from the free-kick though. Disappointing. Ramsey then wins a corner as his shot is deflected behind.
    • 67' Walcott is brought down by Dann and the defender earns a booking for his unsubtle challenge.
    • 65' Rovers replace Mauro Formica with Simon Vukcevic.
    • 65' Here comes Theo Walcott as he replaces Arshavin.
    • 64' Gervinho plays in Van Persie who sees his shot from a tight angle blocked. He then races to meet a corner at the near post and heads wide.
    • 62' Well, well, well. What a scoreline we have on our hands here. It's crazy that Arsenal are behind given their dominance of the game but basic defending has let them down once again.
    • 60' Well, Yakubu was certainly offside so it shouldn't have counted, but Arsenal paid the price for their continual inability to defend set-pieces.
    • 59' GOAL! 3-2 Blackburn! Yakubu with a second! Arsenal failed to deal with yet another set-piece and when Nzonzi lashes the ball back across goal it is turned home by Yakubu.
    • 57' Djourou grabs Hoilett and concedes a free-kick, getting booked in the process. Arsenal clear.
    • 57' Rochina is replaced by Martin Olsson. Seems a slightly strange one.
    • 56' Good defending from Koscielny to halt Rochina as he tries to wriggle his way past the Frenchman and to get a shot away.
    • 55' What a save! Koscielny plays Hoilett onside and Szczesny flings out an arm to block a firm effort from the Blackburn man. Wonderful.
    • 54' A change for Arsenal as Sagna, nursing a problem, is replaced by Johan Djourou.
    • 53' Song attempts to make amends when meeting a corner from Arteta but his downwards header flies wide.
    • 51' That was an unfortunate goal, but Arsenal didn't look very comfortable dealing with a pretty innocuous ball into the box.
    • 50' GOAL! 2-2! Song with an own goal. Rochina dinks a free-kick into the box and Givet gets a flick-on, sending the ball against Song's leg as the midfielder inadvertently turns it past his own keeper.
    • 49' Hoilett supplies an excellent cross from the right but Formica can't pull the ball down and get a shot away. Then, remarkably, Arshavin tracks back and is penalised for a foul on Lowe.
    • 48' Arshavin almost plays in Yakubu with a risky pass across goal but Mersetsacker steps up to clear the ball.
    • 47' No changes from either side at half-time.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • - Omar Hosny has this to say on Twitter: "I expect the 2nd half to end with 4/1 to Arsenal. RVP & Walcott (if played) to score :)" Get in touch on Twitter
    • - A warning for Arsenal fans: Infostrada tell us that the Gunners have failed to win on two of the past three occasions they have been leading at half-time in the Premier League match.
    • - Want to discuss events so far? Either get in contact using the comments section below or give me a shout on Twitter, if that's your thing.
    • 45+2' HALF-TIME. Arsenal ahead thanks to goals from Gervinho and Arteta, while Yakubu replied for Blackburn. The home side are inferior in all areas of the pitch and Arsenal's midfield trio of Ramsey, Song and Arteta are in full control.
    • 45+1' We will have a minimum of two added minutes.
    • 45' Poor from Gervinho. Arshavin plays the ball inside for the Ivorian and when he drives into the box he has the option of slipping a quick pass to the unmarked Van Persie. He chooses not to, despite Van Persie demanding the ball, and instead sees his shot blocked by Dann. Poor decision making.
    • 44' More fine work from Arteta as he wins possession. He has had a fantastic game today in the Arsenal midfield.
    • 43' Arsenal have a 2 v 1 break on but Gervinho's searching cross-field pass for Arshavin has too much on it and momentum is lost.
    • 42' You know things are getting bad when even the dogs want you out. Match pic
    • 41' It is absolutely teeming down with rain at Ewood Park by the way. A cross from Santos is deflected towards Koscielny but he can't control the ball.
    • 40' Gervinho looks to find Arshavin with a ball to the edge of the six-yard box but Gael Givet comes across to clear for a throw.
    • 38' Arteta is really enjoying himself now. The Spaniard lifts a pass over the top of the Blackburn defence for Van Persie to run onto but Robinson collects.
    • 37' Here is a good stat for you: Mikel Arteta now has as many goals at Ewood Park this season (two) as the whole Blackburn team combined.
    • 35' That was a nice goal by Arsenal but why on earth was Ramsey allowed so much space so close to the Blackburn box? That was awful defending from the home side.
    • 34' GOAL! 2-1 Arsenal! Arteta, who scored against Blackburn in his final game for Everton, gets his first goal for Arsenal! Ramsey is in acres of space when being played in by a fine ball from Sagna and he cuts back to Arteta, who lifts the ball into the roof of the net.
    • 33' Sagna is back up and running and Robinson prepares to launch another free-kick into the Arsenal box. Actually he goes short and Szczesny deals well with the cross from Hoilett.
    • 31' Sagna is down in pain after a hefty, but fair, challenge from Dann. He will require treatment.
    • 30' More unconvincing stuff from Arsenal as they concede a corner. Samba then heads over the bar from the set-piece when beating Koscielny to the ball.
    • 28' Aaron Ramsey brings down Hoilett after the Blackburn man threatens to accelerate away. That was a clever foul.
    • 27' Over the past couple of seasons Arsenal really have proved themselves to be hopelessly inept at offside.
    • 25' GOAL! 1-1! It's Yakubu on his debut! Hoilett prods a pass through and with Koscielny and Santos playing the striker onside, Yakubu takes it early when flicking the ball past Szczesny with the outside of his boot. Superb.
    • 24' Gervinho flicks the ball out wide to Sagna with a lovely touch and the Frenchman returns the favour before Gervinho fires well over the bar.
    • 23' Andre Santos with a firm challenge to deny Rochina but the Brazilian then loses possession with a slack pass. Meanwhile, it appears as though Nzonzi has gone to right-back to replace Salgado.
    • 22' Gervinho looks for a second as he jinks his way into the box and the Ivory Coast international forces Robinson into a smart reflex save at his near post.
    • 20' An Arsenal corner is headed clear by Blackburn and Arshavin meets the dropping ball with a volley from 20 yards that forces Paul Robinson to dive to his right and palm away. He didn't really catch the shot cleanly.
    • 19' Samba wastes a great chance! Rochina floats a deep free-kick to the back post and the defender finds holes in Arsenal's zonal marking system, only to send his header off target when he should have tested Szczesny at least.
    • 18' An early chance as Michel Salgado looks to have a problem and is replaced by Radosav Petrovic.
    • 18' Hoilett, however, remains a real threat and after holding off the big frame of Song, his dinked cross forces Koscielny to leap and head away.
    • 17' This is so, so easy for Arsenal at the moment. They are knocking the ball about with elan and Rovers can't get close to them.
    • 16' Koscielny trips over his own feet but Blackburn cannot exploit his error as an attempted through-ball for Yakubu is cut out by Per Mertesacker.
    • 15' Arsenal have plenty of bodies forward after collecting possession following a poor pass from Scott Dann but Van Persie's attempted cross flies out of play. He would have been better off looking for the short option.
    • 14' Blackburn struggle to clear from the corner and Samba is forced to head away when Laurent Koscielny dinks a nice ball into the box. Arsenal are penalised for a foul as the pressure is alleviated a touch.
    • 13' Arteta goes short to Arshavin and the set-piece goes wasted. However, Arsenal apply pressure and win a corner.
    • 12' Steven Nzonzi knocks into Arteta and brings him down some 35 yards from goal. The Spaniard lines up the free-kick.
    • 10' GOAL! 1-0 Arsenal! Gervinho grabs his first goal for the Gunners! Alex Song with a glorious through ball and the forward pulls his shot through the legs of Samba and across Paul Robinson into the far corner. That was excellently executed all round.
    • 9' Sagna again is given the freedom of the right side to play a square pass in for Arshavin, who attempts to flick a pass through for Van Persie. He fails to find his target though.
    • 8' Scott Dann is forced into making a frantic clearance as Van Persie heads back across goal following a deep cross from Sagna. The Frenchman is enjoying plenty of space when in an attacking position.
    • 7' Arshavin works the ball to Andre Santos on the left but the Brazilian's square pass rolls straight to a Blackburn shirt.
    • 6' Now Sagna supplies a cross from the right and Van Persie just can't control the cross into the box as he leaps into the air. It's been a lively start.
    • 5' Rovers saunter forward and Ruben Rochina, who scored a cracker against Fulham last weekend, drags an effort well off target.
    • 4' Mikel Arteta plays in Gervinho with a clever reverse pass and the Ivorian in turn looks to find Van Persie. The striker attempts to take the ball in his stride but the touch is too heavy and the ball runs away from him.
    • 3' Lovely stuff from Junior Hoilett. The forward skips away down the left wing, drives into the box and then fires in a cross which Wojciech Szczesny clasps at the near post. He really is a big talent, Hoilett.
    • 2' Gervinho plays in Bacary Sagna and former Arsenal target Chris Samba heads away for a throw-in to the Gunners. It is all Arsenal early on.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 12.43 Arsenal, by the way, today become the first team this season to start without a single English player. Rightly so as well, as Walcott was pretty terrible against Swansea last weekend. He and Kieran Gibbs are both on the bench.
    • 12.40 Want to discuss today's game? Either wade in in the comments section below or drop me a line via Twitter. I'll try and stick some of your comments in as the game progresses. Tom Adams on Twitter
    • 12.35 Both clubs are experiencing their worst start to a Premier League season so there is a chance here for either Blackburn or Arsenal to enjoy a real shot in the arm. Arsenal are of course favourites and Kean could well be heading for another defeat today. Venky's says they support their man despite supporters wanting the manager gone. Venky's give Kean vote of confidence
    • 12.30 So what do the stats tell us? Well, Robin van Persie may well score as he has netted eight times in 10 games against Blackburn - more than any other side - and has scored in 10 of his past 11 away games. Rovers have one win in 10 against the Gunners and have lost nine times to Arsenal at Ewood Park in the Premier League - more than any other club. That doesn't look promising for Rovers.
    • 12.25 Blackburn also have a debutant with Yakubu making his first appearance since joining the club from Everton on transfer deadline day. Jason Lowe also makes his first Premier League start in midfield while Junior Hoilett is available despite a sickening clash with Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in last weekend's 1-1 draw.
    • 12.20 Deadline day signing Andre Santos makes his full debut for Arsenal while Alex Song and Gervinho return from their domestic suspensions to strengthen the midfield, with Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Frimpong making way from the team that beat Swansea 1-0 last weekend. Both Song and Gervinho started in the midweek draw at Borussia Dortmund though.
    • 12.15 TEAMS: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos, Song, Arshavin, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Benayoun, Coquelin, Walcott, Chamakh. /// Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Lowe, Nzonzi, Formica, Hoilett, Rochina, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Grella, Petrovic, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.
    • 12.10 In fact, Rovers fans have protested against Kean prior to kick-off today, as well as contacting owners Venky's directly to request his removal. He has won only five of 25 league games since replacing Sam Allardyce in contentious circumstances last season.
    • 12.05 Today's game pits against each other two managers who have been under considerable pressure this season. Arsenal's poor start - with four points from four games - has seen fans question Arsene Wenger, while Blackburn supporters are in mutinous mood and have called for the head of Steve Kean after Rovers picked up one point from four games.
    • 12.00 Hello and welcome to our live commentary on the Premier League game between Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal at Ewood Park.
  • Summary

    • 90+2' What a miss! Mertesacker gets to the ball at the back post when meeting a cross from Santos but the Germany international heads over!
    • 85' GOAL! 4-3 Blackburn! Chamakh gets between Givet and Dann to meet a fantastic cross from Van Persie to head home. Game on?
    • 82' Superb save by Robinson! He claws away a header from Van Persie after the Dutchman connects with an Arteta corner! Now Santos fires over.
    • 69' GOAL! 4-2 Blackburn! This is quite unbelievable. Arsenal are caught up the pitch from a corner and Djourou fails to deal with Olsson as he races away down the right. The Swede then cuts a ball back and Koscielny turns it home past his own keeper. Arsenal are beyond parody today.
    • 59' GOAL! 3-2 Blackburn! Yakubu with a second! Arsenal failed to deal with yet another set-piece and when Nzonzi lashes the ball back across goal it is turned home by Yakubu.
    • 55' What a save! Koscielny plays Hoilett onside and Szczesny flings out an arm to block a firm effort from the Blackburn man. Wonderful.
    • 50' GOAL! 2-2! Song with an own goal. Rochina dinks a free-kick into the box and Givet gets a flick-on, sending the ball against Song's leg as the midfielder inadvertently turns it past his own keeper.
    • 34' GOAL! 2-1 Arsenal! Arteta, who scored against Blackburn in his final game for Everton, gets his first goal for Arsenal! Ramsey is in acres of space when being played in by a fine ball from Sagna and he cuts back to Arteta, who lifts the ball into the roof of the net.
    • 25' GOAL! 1-1! It's Yakubu on his debut! Hoilett prods a pass through and with Koscielny and Santos playing the striker onside, Yakubu takes it early when flicking the ball past Szczesny with the outside of his boot. Superb.
    • 22' Gervinho looks for a second as he jinks his way into the box and the Ivory Coast international forces Robinson into a smart reflex save at his near post.
    • 20' An Arsenal corner is headed clear by Blackburn and Arshavin meets the dropping ball with a volley from 20 yards that forces Paul Robinson to dive to his right and palm away. He didn't really catch the shot cleanly.
    • 19' Samba wastes a great chance! Rochina floats a deep free-kick to the back post and the defender finds holes in Arsenal's zonal marking system, only to send his header off target when he should have tested Szczesny at least.
    • 10' GOAL! 1-0 Arsenal! Gervinho grabs his first goal for the Gunners! Alex Song with a glorious through ball and the forward pulls his shot through the legs of Samba and across Paul Robinson into the far corner. That was excellently executed all round.
    • 12.15 TEAMS: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Santos, Song, Arshavin, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, Van Persie. Subs: Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Benayoun, Coquelin, Walcott, Chamakh. /// Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Lowe, Nzonzi, Formica, Hoilett, Rochina, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Grella, Petrovic, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.

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