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By Chris Bevan
1808: Right, make sure you lot watch Match of the Day (at 2230 BST on BBC One and this website) because you don't want to miss highlights of that Blackburn-Arsenal game. Straight after that is the Football League Show (2350 BST, ditto) for all your Football League goals. Thanks for keeping me company today, I've been
and I'll see you on Sunday for more fun and games, starting with Tottenham-Liverpool and culminating in Man Utd-Chelsea. Cheerio for now.
FULL-TIME Wolves 0-3 QPR Andy Sokill reports: "Early goals in quick succession from Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin shocked Wolves into what was a meek submisssion at Molineux."
FULL-TIME Swansea 3-0 West Brom Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea goal drought, what goal drought? A stylish first Premier League win for the Welsh side who completely outplayed West Brom."
FULL-TIME Everton 3-1 Wigan Emlyn Begley reports: "Everton needed two new names on the scoresheet to put Wigan to bed, with Apostolos Vellios and Royston Drenthe going some way to helping the Toffees fans overcome their disappointment at their summer departures."
FULL-TIME Bolton 1-2 Norwich Kevin Core reports: "Persistent Norwich deserve their first win of the season as Bolton fans despair at defensive lapses."
FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle Peter Scrivener reports: "Gabriel Agbonlahor and Leon Best scored their third goals of the season to ensure the spoils were shared at Villa Park but Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye will wonder how he didn't score the winner."
FULL-TIME Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal Nabil Hassan reports: "This was another capitulation by Arsenal's flimsy defence as the pressure mounts on boss Arsene Wenger. For Blackburn manager Steve Kean this result was a massive shot in the arm after he was the subject of a pre-match protest march calling for his dismissal."
1752: Keep the tweets/texts coming in, but here's a quick recap of what happened in the top flight this afternoon, starting with a remarkable game at Ewood Park, where Blackburn had five shouts on target but scored four times (with a bit of help of course)...
Everton boss David Moyes on his side's hard-fought win over Wigan: "I thought we played well in the first half but ran out of ideas. We made some changes and for periods it didn't look like it would work but today it did. "The last goal is an old fashioned kick up the pitch but you take any goal as they are hard to come by, and Wigan were pressing."
1745: News on Swansea defender Neil Taylor (see 1726), who has regained consciousness according to boss Brendan Rodgers and should be fine. Not such a promising outlook for Wigan forward Hugo Rodallega, who was stretchered off against Everton. "It was his knee. It doesn't look good," said Latics boss Roberto Martinez. "He could be out for a few weeks, if not months."
From Jon in London, via text: "I've been pretty vocal in my criticism of Alan Pardew but to give him his due, I didn't think Newcastle would be in the top 4 and still unbeaten at this point! Imagine where we'd be if we'd signed that striker!?"
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy on his side's home defeat by QPR after conceding two early goal: "We never got going. We were 2-0 down before we had turned round. Apart from Wayne Hennessey in goal it was a bad performance from everyone - including me. I could have taken anyone off at half-time it was that bad."
JayDesai25 on Twitter:
"Arsenal fan here, dreading waking up on Monday to see us in one of the relegation spots. We were shocking!"
bombayorange on Twitter:
"If Spurs, Sunderland & Fulham win tomorrow, then Arsenal will go in to the relegation zone. Who would have seen that?"
Conradmataz on Twitter:
"#NUFC were immense today; if we play like that 4 rest of the season then top 6 is not out of question, Cabaye was outstanding."
1732: Quite a few Newcastle fans have been in touch actually. All of them pretty happy with life. Can't say I'm surprised really. Yes, it is only the middle of September but they are fourth in the table and unbeaten. But for Villa keeper Shay Given, they would have won (probably), and would be third, a point off the top.
JamesD1993 on Twitter:
"If Yohan Cabaye and Cheick Tiote both stay fit this season then the Newcastle centre midfield will be a match for any side."
1726: Keep checking back on the BBC Sport website for news on Neil Taylor, who took an elbow in the head from Peter Odemwingie. There was concern over Wigan's Hugo Rodallega, who was stretchered off late in his side's defeat by Everton.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle is an unhappy man after his side's limp home defeat by Norwich: "All credit to Norwich. Ivan Klasnic getting sent off gave us a mountain to climb. We've given up cheap goals. We switched off. Every game in this league is a tough one but I felt there a bit of spirit and desire in the second half, but really we let ourselves down today."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Morecambe go two points clear at the top of League Two with a slender 2-1 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge as Rotherham dropped points at Torquay in a 3-3 draw. Bradford surrendered a lead to lose 3-1 at Crawley Town and Gillingham recorded the football league performance of the day with a tremendous 6-1 victory at Hereford. There were six different scorers for Gills. Bottom club Plymouth's woes continue as they lost 2-0 at Southend.
West Brom manager Roy Hodgson on his side's comprehensive defeat by Swansea: "We conceded the types of goals that we didn't think we would concede. There is no question in my mind Swansea were the better team today but I'm disappointed in the manner that we have lost. It was undoubtedly our worse performance of the season but I don't want to take anything away from Swansea."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Charlton and Sheffield United stay joint top of League One, three points clear of the chasing pack. Athletic narrowly beat Rochdale 3-2 while the Blades were comfortable 3-0 winners over Colchester. MK Dons and Huddersfield shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw and Preston recorded an impressive 3-1 win at Brentford, Neil Mellor with a double. Leyton Orient are still looking for their first win of the season after going down 3-1 against Oldham.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew after his side's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa: "I thought we were terrific today. We gifted them a goal but we dominated possession and we were awaiting our chance. Our two central midfield players, Cabaye and Cheik Tiote were outstanding and I thought we deserved to win." And on Villa's ex-Magpies keeper Shay Given, who was in impressive form against his old club: "Shay was an outstanding servant for this club and we know he is a good shot-stopper and he showed that with two or three good saves."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: We have new leaders in the Championship as Brighton's 1-0 defeat to Leicester means they are knocked off the top by Middlesbrough, who beat Crystal Palace by the same scoreline, courtesy of a goal by Marvin Emnes. Kevin Phillips scored the equaliser for Blackpool against Cardiff and Ross McCormack scored a late winner for Leeds in their 2-1 win against Bristol City. At the bottom, Reading beat Doncaster 2-0 to leave Rovers rooted to the bottom of the table.
From anonymous Villa fan, via text: "If Villa don't get a win at QPR next week then McLeish is going to find himself under a lot of pressure all of a sudden. The fixture computer has given us the easiest imaginable start to the season and the league table is covering a multitude of failings."
AshNicholls77 on Twitter:
"Impressed with Mr Drenthe. Wasn't expecting alot from him but he looks a class act. Hopefully he can stay fit for the season."
1711: So, fans of newly-promoted Premier League teams, how happy are you tonight. And Blackburn supporters did you see that coming? Arsenal fans, how about you? Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK).
From Alex in Southport, via text: "Everton new boys doing themselves proud today. The difference for me? Going 4-4-2, gave Wigan more to think about,and Vellios capitalised. I wish we'd drop 4-5-1!"
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Lots of goals in the SPL this afternoon. Aberdeen came from two goals down at home to Kilmarnock to rescue a point, while Dundee United enjoyed a 3-1 win at Tannadice over struggling Inverness. Hearts' home form earned them a 2-0 win over St Mirren and there was a surprise at Fir Park where Motherwell lost 3-0 at home to St Johnstone.
1705: It has been an emotional afternoon at the Liberty Stadium after the death of four miners at the nearby Gleision Colliery this week. Plenty of tears on the terraces afterwards, and the Swansea players also enjoyed a special celebration with manager, Brendan Rodgers, who lost his father after a long illness last week.
1702: What a day. First wins of the season for Swansea, Norwich and, most spectacularly of all, Blackburn. What with Louis Saha's tweets and a power failure at Molineux (not to mention a total failure by Wolves), it's been an afternoon to remember, especially for the promoted sides.
1701: FULL-TIME Everton 3-1 Wigan
EVERTON GOAL: A sucker-punch for Wigan, who had gone forward in search of an equaliser. Everton lump the ball forward and it is flicked on by Denis Stracqualursi into the path of Royston Drenthe who finds a convincing finish from the edge of the box. That's his first goal in English football. I think we might be seeing more of him too..
1656: Still playing in Wales, and at Goodison. Hugo Rodallega's injury seems to have taken the sting out of Wigan a tad. Shaun Maloney is on instead by the way.
1655: QPR's Joey Barton gave the Wolves fans a three-fingered gesture at the final whistle. To signal his side's 3-0 win I would think. A bit of a shame to end on that note for Rangers, because this has been a very good afternoon for them. To be fair to Barton, he was caught by a bad tackle near the end, that went unpunished. But they don't like him much at Molineux anyway, do they?
1654: FULL-TIME Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle
1654: FULL-TIME Bolton 1-2 Norwich
1654: FULL-TIME Wolves 0-3 QPR
1652: No serious injuries at Molineux but Joey Barton is in the thick of the action. Lots of verbals, after he claimed he got an elbow.
1651: We are going to have SIX minutes of stoppage time at Goodison too. Hugo Rodallega has been carried off with what appears to be a serious injury after being caught by Denis Stracqualursi.
Ferg60 on Twitter:
"I'll shut up now. Moyes obviously knows the Greek kid is better than Saha"
1650: It's not over yet at Goodison either. Far from it. Moments after Everton had scored, Dave Jones came within an inch of levelling for Wigan but... saw his 20 yard shot hit the woodwork. Patrick van Aanholt had gone close just before the Toffees took the lead too.
1649: There will be NINE minutes of added time at the Liberty Stadium because of that Neil Taylor injury.
1648: Almost a late Newcastle winner too. Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye's crisp right-foot volley is heading into the back of the net until Shay Given flings himself to his right and tips the ball round the post.
Everton goal: Know the name Apostolos Vellios? You do now. The teenage Greek striker puts Everton ahead with a well directed header from 14 yards out, after meetingTony Hibbert's inch-perfect cross. Everton lead, with four minutes of the 90 left.
1646: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-3 QPR (DJ Campbell)
1645: GOALFLASH Everton 2-1 Wigan (Vellios)
1643: Norwich are within touching distance of their first Premier League win of the season but they are going to have to withstand some heavy pressure from Bolton's 10-men. Kevin Davies went off at half-time but Wanderers are still pumping balls into the visitors' box.
1641: Roger Johnson heads over, again, for Wolves. From a throw-in this time. That is as close as the home side have come to a goal today.
1638: A lengthy delay at the Liberty, where Swansea defender Neil Taylor is down and having treatment after taking a nasty elbow in the side of the head from Peter Odemwingie as they went up for a cross. Odemwingie got booked, but he is very lucky to still be on the pitch. Taylor is about to be carried off it.
1636: In fact, Wolves almost go further behind. Shaun Wright-Phillips fires against the post from 25 yards. QPR have not been great since the interval but then, leading 2-0, they don't have to be.
ARenardson on Twitter:
"There is a goal in every 3pm kick-off game today in the Football League (36 matches), Some sort of record?"
1634: Not much to report from Molinueux, where Wolves' bright start to the season seems a long time ago already. Apart from that Roger Johnson header I told you about, Mick McCarthy's men have not had a chance to speak of.
1632: Are Norwich wobbling? Hardly. Steve Morison has just gone within a whisker of restoring his side's two-goal lead, holding off two defenders in the box before turning to smash his shot narrowly wide. Unlucky.
1630: A close call for Newcastle, as Darren Bent lobs Tim Krul but sees Steven Taylor hack the bouncing ball to safety. Replays show it was going wide anyway, but Taylor wasn't to know.
1627: Everton are struggling to find a cutting edge against Wigan, which is a big surprise considering they aren't fielding a recognised striker, isn't it? Louis Saha will no doubt agree. The best chance of the second half has actually gone to Wigan. Franco Di Santo went down and received treatment after getting hit in the face by Phil Jagielka's clearance, with his face deflection actually forcing a save from Tim Howard. But the Argentine is OK to play on.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Don Cowie has given Cardiff the lead against Blackpool in the Championship, as Japanese midfielder Yuki Abe strikes for Leicester against leaders Brighton. In League One, Notts County are 2-0 up at Stevenage and Preston lead Brentford 2-1. In League Two, Torquay have come from behind to pull level at 3-3 against Rotherham as Morecambe look to go clear at the top leading Dagenham and Redbridge 2-0, Danny Carlton with his 6th goal of the season for the Shrimps.
1627: News now of the Women's Euro 2013 qualifiers, where Hope Powell's England are leading Serbia 2-0 at the hour mark thanks to a Rachel Yankey strike and an own goal.
1626: The Baggies are fighting back too, or trying to. Swansea goalkeeper Michael Vorm pulls off a sensational save to deny West Brom, flying across his goal to palm away Graham Dorrans's free-kick as the ball curled towards the top corner.
Bolton goal: Apologies to Norwich fans for tempting fate there. Anyway, Leon Barnett barges over David Ngog and Howard Webb points to the spot. Martin Petrov steps up to slot home the penalty and Bolton's 10 men are back in this. Norwich, by the way, have conceded a penalty in all five of their Premier League games this season.
1622: No sign of a Bolton backlash so far. They got smashed 5-0 by Manchester United last week, and I'd argue that might be slightly easier to take for their fans than losing (pretty limply so far) at home to a newly-promoted team. Thoughts?
1620: Everton do make a change. Royston Drenthe is coming on, replacing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Who I don't like so much (as a text commentator) because he is called Bilyaletdinov.
Newcastle goal: Seconds after hitting the bar through Yohan Cabaye's rasping shot, the Magpies are level. Cheik Tiote hoists the ball back into the area and although Shay Given keeps out Leon Best's first header, the rebound falls for the Newcastle striker to smash home the rebound. Given, to his credit, almost kept that out too. Replays show Best is definitely onside too.
1616: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-1 Newcastle (Leon Best)
1612: We are back under way at Goodison Park by the way, in case you are wondering. Will be interesting to see how long David Moyes leaves it before bringing on Denis Stracqualursi and Royston Drenthe, who are both still on the bench. I like the look of Drenthe, in particular. Fast, and skilful, and called Royston. A great combination.
Swansea goal: It's raining goals in Wales. Goalkeeper Michael Vorm's long punt is nodded on by Leroy Lita for Nathan Dyer, who fires through Ben Foster's legs for a third Swansea goal.
Infostrada Sports on Twitter:
"If all the promoted clubs win today it will be the first time in over four years since all three promoted clubs won on the same day. It last happened on February 10, 2007: Reading 2-0 Aston Villa, Sheffield United 2-1 Tottenham and West Ham 0-1 Watford."
1608: Wolves start the second half a good deal better than they began the first, with Roger Johnson heading over from a corner. A lot of work for Mick McCarthy's men to do to salvage something from that one, mind.
1607: GOALFLASH Swansea 3-0 West Brom (Nathan Dyer)
1605: A lot of you were pretty angry at the suggestion earlier on that Gabriel Agbonlahor should be in the England squad. Furious in fact. Anyway, he has almost done his international credentials the power of good, latching on to Charles N'Zogbia's pass, beating his man and firing a fizzing shot about an inch wide of Tim Krul's post.
1604: In fact, Everton-Wigan is the only top-flight game yet to restart. I'm still waiting for more Tweets from Louis Saha, too.
1603: Ah. When I say at 1545 that 'it is all happening at Carrow Road', I mean the Reebok of course. Anyway, at least none of you noticed (ahem). Moving swiftly on, the second half is about to start, pretty much everywhere (apart from at Carrow Road).
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE LATEST: Jim McLean is honoured at Tannadice, by having a stand named after him for his successful time in charge of Dundee United, who are leading Inverness 2-1. Aberdeen are 2-1 down at home to slick-passing Kilmarnock, while Hearts are leading St Mirren 1-0 thanks to Jamie Hamill's expertly executed penalty. Motherwell need two goals against St Johnstone if they are to go level with Rangers at the top of the table - they currently trail St Johnstone 1-0.
Bolton 0-2 Norwich Kevin Core's HT snapshot: "Norwich pressure rewarded with goals from Bradley Johnson and Anthony Pilkinton, while a sending off for Ivan Klasnic worsens the mood for Trotters fans."
Everton 1-1 Wigan Emlyn Begley's HT snapshot: "Wigan's Franco Di Santo continued the only purple patch of his English career with a deflected opener, but seconds later, in the absence of any strikers by trade, Everton defender Phil Jagielka popped up with a header to make it level at the break."
Swansea 2-0 West Brom Bruce Pope's HT snapshot: "Quite a half for Swansea, with Scott Sinclair scoring their first Premier League goal after 374 barren minutes and Leroy Lita adding a deserved second. Shane Long has had two good chances for West Brom though and this isn't over by any means."
Wolves 0-2 QPR Andy Sokill's HT snapshot: "Early goals from skipper Joey Barton and Alejandro Faurlin gave QPR a convincing 2-0 half-time lead against a subdued Wolves at Molineux."
Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle Peter Scrivener's HT snapshot: "Gabriel Agbonlahor cannot stop scoring for Villa and his third goal of the season separates the sides - his team-mate Darren Bent should take notes after missing a sitter from eight yards."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: In the Championship, Marvin Sordell's goal has given Watford a lead at Barnsley, and Emile Sinclair has scored a brace for Peterborough against Burnley. In League One, Charlton look to be consolidating their hold on top spot as they lead Rochdale 2-0 and Scott Arfield's goal has given Huddersfield a slender advantage against MK Dons. In League Two, Gillingham are trouncing Hereford 3-0 and Oxford United are 2-0 up at Barnet.
1550: It's half-time at Everton now too. Goals everywhere in the Premier League this afternoon. Even Wales.
1549: It is half-time everywhere in the top-flight, apart from at Goodison Park.
Bolton red card: Bolton's afternoon goes from bad to worse. Ivan Klasnic did indeed go forehead-to-forehead with Marc Tierny, but there is little, if any, force behind it. Tierny, goes to earth like the proverbial sack of spuds and referee Howard Webb, after a bit of a think, sends Klasnic off. He was a bit silly, but that is harsh.
1545: RED CARD Bolton's Ivan Klasnic
1545: It's all happening at the Reebok. Bolton's Ivan Klasnic is in trouble after what looked a first glance like a head-butt against Marc Tierny...
Norwich goal: All of a sudden, Norwich are finding this scoring lark easy. Bradley Johnson leaps highest to meet a cross into the box and his downward header beats Jussi Jaaskelainen. That's Johnson's first goal since joining from Leeds, and all four of the Canaries' Premier League goals this season have come from different scorers.
Norwich goal: At last, the Canaries convert one of their chances. Leon Barnett turns a cross back into the danger zone and, after a scramble in the six-yard box, Anthony Pilkington prods home from point-blank range.
Everton goal: But Wigan's lead does not last long. Just 97 seconds later Tim Cahill's header hits the bar and leaves Ali Al-Habsi falling to the ground and thereford unable to keep out Phil Jagielka's headed follow up from six yards out.
Wigan goal: It's against the run of play but Wigan won't care. Franco Di Santo was heading towards the corner flag but turned back towards goal and his shot from an angle was deflected off Tony Hibbert and past Tim Howard.
1535: It's gone goal crazy at Goodison. I haven't even told you about the Wigan goal yet... bear with me!
1534: GOALFLASH Everton 0-1 Wigan (Franco di Santo)
1532: West Brom are getting closer, and so is Shane Long. The ball is fed to him on the edge of the area and his snapshot is spectacularly tipped over by Michel Vorm. Just be careful with your throws out today, Michel.
1531: News from Goodison Park now, and another opening for Everton. David Moyes' side continue to dominate possession and Leon Osman, who is playing behind Tim Cahill in the Toffees' attack, bursts forward but lashes his shot off target. Would Louis Saha have done any better, though?
From anon via text: "On current form, Gabriel Agbonlahor should be on the plane to the Euros. Rooney, Welbeck, Bent + Agbonlahor for England."
1528: Villa go close to extending their lead. Stiliyan Petrov surged into the Newcastle box and with Tim Krul approaching, he squared for Darren Bent who didn't have to break stride, but the England striker side-footed wide from no more than eight yards. At the other end, Newcastle's Steven Taylor forces a fine stop from Shay Given, who is playing against his old club for the first time.
InfostradaLive on Twitter:
Scott Sinclair's goal for Swansea is the first in the top flight since Bob Latchford scored in their 2-1 defeat at Manchester United on May 7, 1983."
Swansea goal: After a long wait for our first Welsh Premier League goal, two come along at once, as Scott Sinclair flicks on a corner and Leroy Lita heads home his first Swansea goal at the back post - Lita will get a booking for taking off his shirt but the striker won't care.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger after his side's 4-3 defeat by Blackburn: "We had so many chances in the game and on top of that we scored two own goals so it is unbelievable to understand, but we have to take it on the chin. At the moment defensively we are fragile because our confidence is gone due what happened at Old Trafford."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: In the Championship, Adam Clayton's opener for Leeds has been cancelled out by former player Neil Kilkenny, now at Bristol City. Peterborough lead Burnley and Hull are 1-0 up against Portsmouth. In League One, Sheffield United race into a 2-0 lead against Colchester, while bottom side Leyton Orient are ahead against Oldham.
1525: GOALFLASH Swansea 2-0 West Brom (Leroy Lita)
SCOTTISH PREMIER LATEST: On-loan Fulham striker Lauri Dalla Valle has scored his first goal for Dundee United against Inverness Caley Thistle, but Nick Ross equalised three minutes later.
1523: Not so hot from Swansea, this. Neil Taylor gives the ball straight to Shane Long, about 25 yards out... but the West Brom striker fires wastefully over.
1520: Norwich have had the better of the first of the first 20 minutes at the Reebok and have had another chance too, with Russell Martin's header being saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen. A slow start from Bolton.
1518: It's not all one-way traffic at Molineux, where the chances keep coming. Karl Henry has fired against the post for the home side, although Shaun Wright-Phillips wasted a good chance when he fired straight at Wayne Hennessey.
the_binge on Twitter:
Joey Barton showing why it was a good idea for Neil Warnock to sign him. QPR need a player like him to play well for them."
Swansea goal: We have just seen our first Premier League goal scored in Wales, and Swansea's too. It was a definite penalty too, with Paul Scharner bringing down Joe Allen. Scott Sinclair, the Swans' spot-kick hero in the play-off final when they got promoted, makes no mistake this time either, coolly slotting home. The Swans have dominated possession and have got the goal they deserved.
1516: No goals at Everton yet but the Toffees have started the brighter. They could have taken the lead when Seamus Coleman headed Leighton Baines' cross on target but Ali Al-Habsi touched it wide. At the other end, Franco Di Santo had a chance for Wigan but he fired high and wide after a surging run when Everton's Marouane Fellaini slipped and lost possession on the halfway line.
1515: GOALFLASH Swansea 1-0 West Brom (Scott Sinclair)
1515: PENALTY to SWANSEA
Villa goal: Barry Bannan lifts the ball into the box, Gabriel Agbonlahor holds off Fabricio Coloccini and sweeps the ball home. Newcastle fans will not enjoy watching the replay of that one.
1513: GOALFLASH Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle (Gabriel Agbonlahor)
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Nigel Clough's Derby side heaped more misery on Steve McClaren and his Nottingham Forest side as the Rams came away from City Ground with all three points despite playing almost the whole game with 10 men. Jeff Hendrick was the match winner. In League Two, Shrewsbury held on for a 3-2 win at Port Vale as Lionel Ainsworth scored the winner for the away side.
QPR goal: Wow. An electric start for Rangers at Molineux (sorry). This is a quality goal too, with Alejandro Faurlin collecting the ball on the edge of the area after a cross is half-cleared, and steering his precise shot between Wayne Hennessey and the post.
QPR goal: Not a classic by any means but two old Manchester City team-mates have combined to put Rangers ahead. Shaun Wright-Phillips' scuffs his first-time cross from the right, but it still finds Joey Barton, who just about gets enough on his shot to bundle the ball into the corner.
1508: GOALFLASH Wolves 0-1 QPR (Joey Barton)
1506: Right, we know Norwich don't have problems creating chances but can they take any of them? Not this time, because Jussi Jaaskelainen has just tipped over Elliott Bennett's snapshot from 25 yards.
1505: By the way, Tim Cahill starts up front for Everton today, which might be why Louis Saha got so upset earlier.
1504: A quiet start at the Reebok Stadium while, in Wales, Scott Sinclair is trying to get Swansea going. The home side are pressing hard in the early stages but, as Norwich will tell them, the Baggies are very dangerous on the break.
1503: The other three 1500 BST Premier League kick-offs are now under way.
Blackburn boss Steve Kean is a happy man after their 4-3 victory over Arsenal: "Results are important, but performances are equally important and we've now had three very good performances. About 200 people protested before the game which was just one per cent of the crowd, so I hope the other 99% went home feeling happy."
1501: Almost the perfect start for QPR. Shaun Derry's header is palmed away by Wayne Hennessey.
1500: We are off and running at Molineux, where thankfully they have electricity after that power-cut earlier. And we are under way at Villa too.
1459: There will be a minute's silence at the Liberty Stadium ahead of the game between Swansea and West Brom to mark the tragedy at the nearby Gleision Colliery this week which laimed the lives of four miners, and also the recent death after a long illness of the father of Swans manager Brendan Rodgers.
1457: No sign of Louis Saha at Goodison Park. He's gone home, apparently. Probably for the best after those Tweets. Louis, if you're watching don't be shy. Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK).
BOLTON v NORWICH TEAM NEWS Kevin Core reports: "Striker Grant Holt is on the bench and Wes Hoolahan starts for Norwich. John Ruddy returns to action after serving a one match ban and winger Anthony Pilkington starts after recovering from a back injury. For Bolton, recent signing Tuncay makes his debut, David Ngog and Gael Kakuta are on the bench."
WOLVES v QPR TEAM NEWS Andy Sokill reports: "Wolves striker Steven Fletcher failed a late fitness test but Matt Jarvis reported fit after an ankle knock and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy included George Elokobi in the starting line-up. QPR boss Neil Warnock named an unchanged side after all five of his new signings came through the clash with Newcastle United unscathed."
Swansea v West Brom line-ups Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Williams, Monk, Taylor, Dyer, Britton, Allen, Gower, Sinclair, Lita. Subs: Tremmel, Dobbie, Routledge, Moore, Bessone, Richards, Lucas. West Brom: Foster, Reid, Olsson, Mulumbu, Shorey, Morrison, Dawson, Scharner, Thomas, Long, Odemwingie. Subs: Fulop, Brunt, Dorrans, McAuley, Jones, Cox, Fortune. Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
andymcnamara on Twitter:
"Come on, admit it, no one predicted that would be 4-3! Let's hope for more goals this afternoon."
SWANSEA v WEST BROM TEAM NEWS Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea's record signing Danny Graham is a late withdrawal with a back problem, so Leroy Lita makes his first start. Gary Monk returns in defence but Steven Caulker and Alan Tate are injured. Kemy Agustien is also sidelined, while new signings Darnel Situ and Rafik Halliche have been refused international clearance by Fifa. West Brom are without the injured Zoltan Gera and the suspended Gabriel Tamas, so defender Craig Dawson makes his Premier League debut. Chris Brunt has passed a fitness test on his knee and is named on the bench."
Bolton v Norwich line-ups Bolton: Jaaskelainen, Boyata, Cahill, Knight, Robinson, Sanli, Pratley, Reo-Coker, Petrov, Kevin Davies, Klasnic. Subs: Bogdan, Muamba, Eagles, Mark Davies, Ngog, Kakuta, Wheater. Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, Russell Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Fox, Bradley Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan, Morison. Subs: Rudd, Crofts, Vaughan, Holt, Surman, Chris Martin, De Laet. Referee: Howard Webb (England)
ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE (1500 BST) Peter Scrivener reports: "Midfielder Barry Bannan makes his first Premier League start of the season for Villa. Striker Emile Heskey, who picked up a hamstring injury in last week's 2-2 draw with Everton, is out. Newcastle striker Demba Ba comes in from Shola Ameobi in the only only change from the side which drew 0-0 at QPR on Monday."
Aston Villa v Newcastle line-ups Aston Villa: Given, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock, Bannan, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia, Bent, Agbonlahor. Subs: Guzan, Ireland, Albrighton, Delfouneso, Herd, Lowry, Gardner. Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Obertan, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Best, Ba. Subs: Elliot, Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Perch, Marveaux, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi. Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Ewood Park: "What a fantastic game. How did Blackburn win? Two own-goals by Arsenal? Arsene Wenger will be cursing his luck. I thought Paul Robinson in the Blackburn goal was the real hero of the day. For Blackburn this could be a real springboard. Perhaps they can go on to better things now."
1439: Huge relief for Blackburn boss Steve Kean at the final whistle. Despair for Arsene Wenger, though. Arsenal's problems are not over yet, not by a long way.
1437: FULL-TIME Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal
1437: Here come the Gunners again. Theo Walcott is through, and knocks the ball past Paul Robinson, who then sends him tumbling. Penalty? No. And Jason Lowe knocks the ball to safety.
1435: Arsenal chance follows Arsenal chance. But the equaliser won't come. Paul Robinson comes to Blackburn's rescue again, beating away Robin van Persie's fierce strike at his near post. The ball is played back into the Rovers area for Marouane Chamakh, but his header flies wide.
1434: Here's Arsenal's chance. A good one too. Per Mertesacker rises high to meet Andre Santos's looping cross... but sees his header land on the roof of the net. It's not over yet, though...
1433: There will be FOUR minutes of stoppage time at Ewood Park. Can Blackburn hang on for their first Premier League win of the season?
mUtEl0_PR on Twitter:
"Everyone is talking about Arsenal's crisis, can we applaud Blackburn's performance today as well, more so that Yak guy."
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Full time at the Den and Millwall and West Ham take away a point each, their first 0-0 draw since 1947. West Ham could have won it when keeper David Forde parried Julien Faubert's effort but David Bentley hit the rebound wide. In the Forest-Derby match, Jeff Hendrick misses a gilt-edged opportunity for the 10 men by putting his header wide from two-yards out. Still 1-1 in that one.
1430: More from Louis Saha,
who has now Tweeted:
"It s coz im confident in my ability that im #gutted." Can you imagine how furious David Moyes is going to be about this? He might have exploded with rage already.
1429: Arsenal, as you would expect, are on the attack. Theo Walcott fires in a dangerous cross that causes Chris Samba a bit of panic. He leaves it, hopefully after getting a shout from his keeper that there was no-one behind him. Rovers survive.
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: The match at East End Park ends 2-2. The travelling band of Hibs fans are none too happy that their two-goal lead evaporated but the Pars showed bags of spirit to earn a point. The second half was a cracker, with both sides pushing forward at every opportunity. Still no home win for Jim McIntyre's men, though.
You can follow a live text commentary of today's SPL games, here.
Arsenal goal: Five minutes left at Ewood Park, and they are likely to be quite lively. The Gunners have pulled one back, with Marouane Chamakh meeting Robin van Persie's cross with a bullet header.
1427: GOALFLASH Blackburn 4-3 Arsenal (Marouane Chamakh)
1425: Some tweet that by Louis Saha (below). There's bound to be some reaction from Everton boss David Moyes after the game too, but it's probably unlikely to come via Twitter!
1424: What a save by Paul Robinson, who keeps out Robin van Persie's header from point-blank range. The Rovers keeper somehow claws the ball to safety after the Dutch striker gets on the end of a corner. Into the last 10 minutes and Rovers still lead 4-2.
EVERTON v WIGAN TEAM NEWS Emlyn Begley reports: "Everton have named midfielder Tim Cahill up front, with Louis Saha, who is returning to full fitness, left out of the squad entirely. The France international
responds on Twitter:
"I am not good enough. #Absolutelydestroyed". Deadline day signings Denis Stracqualursi and Royston Drenthe are again left on the bench. Wigan hand a first Premier League start for the club to on-loan Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt, while fellow summer signings Shaun Maloney and David Jones remain on the bench."
From anon, via text: "Another rollercoaster day to be on Arsenal fan, optimism turning to heartache!"
1418: Marouane Chamakh replaces Alex Song for Arsenal and almost makes an instant impact, powering in a header from a corner and seeing it hacked off the line. It wouldn't have counted anyhow, though, because Chamakh shoved Gael Givet before he got to the ball.
1417: As things stand, Blackburn move from rock-bottom of the Premier League, to 11th. Above Arsenal. Just 15 minutes left for the Gunners to try to change that.
greg_bradley on Twitter:
"Can you see the pressure moving from one manager to another... Arsene is in a very difficult position now, more so than Kean!"
1415: Incredible scenes at Ewood Park, where Blackburn have only had three shots on target and scored four goals. At this rate, the Arsenal fans will be holding their own march after the game, calling for Arsene Wenger to be sacked.
DavePayn on Twitter:
"A performance from Arsenal that could be described as 'So-so' - 'Same Old - Same Old'."
Blackburn goal: Arsenal's defensive nightmare continues but what a goal this is, on a lightning fast break. Rovers launch a counter-attack doen the right, with Yakubu feeding Junior Hoilett, who sends Martin Olsson free. Olsson does brilliantly to advance into the area and his pull-back beats the diving Wojciech Szczesny, then hits Laurent Koscielny and bounces over the line.
1411: GOALFLASH Blackburn 4-2 Arsenal (Laurent Koscielny og)
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: In League Two, Shrewsbury lead Port Vale 2-1 at half time, courtesy of strikes from Marvin Morgan and Mark Wright. They'll climb above their opponents into 3rd place should they hold on to their advantage.
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Ewood Park: "I think there's going to be some controversy about that Blackburn goal. I've seen a re-run of it and it is fractional, but he did seem offside as the ball was drilled in by Nzonzi. There wasn't daylight, though."
1408: The Gunners are making a change, with Theo Walcott on for Andrey Arshavin. Rovers are bringing Mauro Formica off, to be replaced by Simon Vukcevic.
1406: So Arsenal, despite domininating for most of this match, are behind. Same old defensive problems, I'm afraid. Can they respond? Nearly. Robin van Persie is quickest to a corner and sends a glancing header wide of the near post.
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: With 20-odd minutes to go at East End Park, it's 2-2. Hibs centre-half Sean O'Hanlon diverts Jason Thomson's shot into his own net but there wasn't a great deal he could do about it. Can the Pars go on to claim their first home win of the season in the SPL?
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Forest are level at 1-1 against 10-man Derby at half-time. In the other early Championship game, West Ham manager Sam Allardyce throws David Bentley on in the second half to try to spark this game into life, still 0-0 though.
Blackburn goal: This could be a huge goal for Rovers and their manager Steve Kean, but should it count? Steven Nzonzi drives the ball across goal from a corner and Yakubu is in the right place to turn it home from close range. Arsenal protest he is offside but TV replays show the Yak was level with Andre Santos. If he was off, it was marginal. Kean will not care one bit.
1401: GOALFLASH Blackburn 3-2 Arsenal (Yakubu)
1359: Johan Djourou is quickly into referee Andre Marriner's book, after hauling down Junior Hoilett. Blackburn are still passing it around nicely.
1358: Just before that Blackburn chance, the Gunners made a change with Johan Djourou replacing the injured Bacary Sagna. Rovers are bringing on a sub too: Martin Olsson for Ruben Rochina. The momentum is with the home side at the moment.
1355: Almost disaster for Arsenal as a golden chance for Blackburn goes begging. Laurent Koscielny plays Mauro Formica onside as he chases a Junior Hoilett pass, but Formica is denied by a brilliant Wojciech Szczesny block.
Blackburn goal: A real horror goal for the Gunners to concede. Ruben Rochina dinks the free-kick into the danger area and, with no Rovers player near him, the ball hits Alex Song's knee and rolls into the net. Ouch. We are all-square again.
1352: GOALFLASH Blackburn 2-2 Arsenal (Alex Song og)
1351: Free-kick to Blackburn on the right-hand edge of the box after Andrey Arshavin sends Jason Lowe tumbling. This is dangerous...
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: It's raining goals all of a sudden in Fife. OK, more of a drizzle... Garry O'Connor blasts a shot from 18 yards off the foot of the despairing Alex Keddie and into the net to give Hibs a two-goal lead, but within the blink of an eye Ryan Thomson fires in a goal for the Pars. Hibs lead 2-1. Game on!
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
1347: We are back under way at Ewood Park, where it's still raining. Note to Steve Kean, do NOT get your brolly out. You don't need those newspaper headlines tomorrow on top of everything else.
WOLVES v QPR (1500 BST) Andy Sokill reports: "Clive Allen and Andy Gray were the two strikers on show the last time Wolves met QPR in the top flight. Both clubs have experienced their fair share of dark days since that 1983 encounter, but the feelgood factor is back at Loftus Road and Molineux. Mick McCarthy has opted for a more attacking formation this season, playing two up front, and that has paid dividends with two wins and a draw from their opening four games. QPR manager Neil Warnock has had the luxury of a summer spending spree but has seen his side score just one league goal so far."
SWANSEA v WEST BROM (1500 BST) Bruce Pope reports: "Swansea host West Brom still seeking their first Premier League goal and first win after four games. But the anticipation of today's entertainment is overshadowed, as a sombre Liberty Stadium reflects on things more important than football. This week's tragedy at the nearby Gleision Colliery claimed the lives of four miners, and followed the recent death after a long illness of the father of Swans manager Brendan Rodgers. A minute's silence will be held in respect before kick-off."
EVERTON v WIGAN (1500 BST) Emlyn Begley reports: "Everton's recent quick-fire sale of Mikel Arteta may still irk most Toffees fans but it is now a question of concentrating on those players left at the club. The Merseysiders are short in terms of a goal threat, with Tim Cahill, who has not scored for the club in 2011, likely to start up front. Wigan have lost only one league game in eight, their
3-0 defeat by Manchester City last time out.
But they have not won at Goodison Park since their
first league visit there in 2005
and have not beaten the Toffees in five meetings."
BOLTON v NORWICH (1500 BST) Kevin Core reports: "Norwich will be hoping to secure their first win of the season at Bolton, having taken just two points from a possible 12, but manager Paul Lambert feels he's due a for change in fortunes after a run of questionable decisions in their last game against West Brom led to him calling for the introduction of video technology. Bolton's Owen Coyle has Arsenal and Chelsea on the horizon, so with just three points The Trotters need to improve on recent thumpings from Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United."
ASTON VILLA v NEWCASTLE (1500 BST) Peter Scrivener reports: "The side playing at home has won seven of the last eight meetings between these teams, with Villa claiming four on the bounce. A home banker then? Don't bet on it. Newcastle have made their best start to a Premier League season since 1995 and have not conceded in their two away matches so far. Both teams are unbeaten in their opening four games. Who will make it five?"
1341: Here's what's coming up in the top-flight later on today, in our five 1500 BST kick-offs...
1340: So, three goals in the first-half at Ewood Park from three top-notch passing moves. Three players scoring their first goals for their club too. Yakubu's still the best finish for me, mind.
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Ewood Park: "Arsenal looked quite comfortable before Yakubu scored and they deserve to be in front. They have scored two nice goals and Arsene Wenger will be quite happy with the way things have gone. "
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: Half time at the Den and its 0-0, with the game's best chance falling to Millwall's John Marquis who can only shoot straight at West Ham keeper Robert Green after running clean through. Meanwhile, 10-man Derby have equalised against Forest with a beauty from Jamie Ward, who skips past three players before slotting under Lee Camp. Bit of controversy though; Forest's Chris Cohen lay injured in the build up to the goal, but the Derby players were waved to play on by their manager Nigel Clough.
andymcnamara on Twitter:
"Re. WinthorpeIII. Great! All Everton fans need now is for Beckford to score for Leicester later on."
1333: HALF-TIME Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal Nabil Hassan's HT snapshot: "Arsenal should be out of sight at the break - they've been composed, confident and fluid. As it is they only have a one-goal advantage, and that will give Blackburn hope."
1331: Two minutes of stoppage time to be played at Ewood Park. By the way, Mikel Arteta has now scored as many goals there this season as Blackburn have managed. He scored Everton's winner from the penalty spot last month, shortly before joining Arsenal. Yakubu's goal was only Blackburn's second at home.
1327: Arsenal should have a third goal. They really should. Aaron Ramsey starts the move, feeding Andrey Arshavin down the left, and he leaves Jason Lowe in his wake before finding Gervinho in the middle. Robin van Persie is completely unmarked to his right but the Ivorian goes for goal himself, getting a mouthful from his skipper after his shot is blocked.
Cymru_Rhys14 on Twitter:
"Arteta, well done lad. Its always gonna be tough to fill Fabregas' boots Thats not a bad way to go about replacing him is it?"
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: Ivan Sproule's goal for Hibs is the difference between the sides at half-time, his low shot coming moments after his fellow Northern Irishman Andy Kirk had headed over the bar for Dunfermline. The Pars will surely go all-out in the second half to get back in to this match.
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
Arsenal goal: Ah. Maybe the Venky's aren't quite so happy now. Blackburn's defence is cut to shreds by Aaron Ramsey's darting run down the right and his cut-back is perfectly paced to allow Mikel Artera to stroke home his first Gunner's goal. A classy finish.
1319: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal (Mikel Arteta)
1317: Venkatesh and Balaji Rao, representatives of Blackburn's Indian owners Venky's, are in the stands at Ewood Park and probably enjoying this game a bit more than they were a few minutes ago. So is Steve Kean, I expect.
1322: About seven minutes to go until half-time at a very wet Ewood Park. Arsenal are back in the supremacy, and are cranking up their slick passing game.
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Ewood Park: "Arsenal's central defenders were caught on their heels for the Blackburn goal but Yakubu took it so calmly, he's so experienced. It seemed to be an eternity for Arsenal fans as it crawled over the goal line. But they all count."
1315: This is a good spell by Blackburn and Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny is a lucky man. He comes to get a free-kick that Paul Robinson has pumped into the Gunners area but gets nowhere near it and needs Bacary Sagna to head clear as Chris Samba tries to head home. Samba even tries an overhead kick when the ball drops down to him seconds later. Now, that would have been special.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE LATEST: A crazy start to the Derby-Forest match: Derby keeper Frank Fielding brings down Forest's Ishmael Miller in the box and is sent off in the opening minute. Andy Reid steps to tuck the penalty away. Still 0-0 between Millwall and West Ham.
Blackburn goal: Feed the Yak, and he will score. A brilliant build-up to this one too, with Junior Hoilett sliding Yakubu clear and the big striker beating Wojciech Szczesny with the subtlest of flicked finishes. The ball rolls into the corner of the net and, against the run of play, Rovers are level.
1310: GOALFLASH Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal (Yakubu)
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: After a rocky start to the match, it is Dunfermline who have the upper hand against Hibs after half an hour at East End Park. Pars' centre-half Alex Keddie slices a shot wide from 12 yards - a case of the wrong man in the wrong place. Remember, coming up at 1500 BST in the SPL Aberdeen host Kilmarnock, Dundee United take on Terry Butcher's Inverness, Hearts face St Mirren and Motherwell play St Johnstone.
You can follow a live text commentary of Dunfermline-Hibs, here.
1308: Paul Robinson is busy at the moment. Arsenal advance down the right flank through Gervinho, who finds it far too easy to make space for a shot which is pushed away by the Rovers keeper at his near post.
1306: Arsenal's turn to threaten. Andrey Arshavin has a shot deflected over and, when the corner comes over, it is cleared out to him on the edge of the area. He meets it with a volley that he doesn't quite get hold of, but still forces a sprawling save from Paul Robinson.
1304: A change needed by Blackburn. Michel Salgado has picked up a knock so Radosav Petrovic is on instead. And a chance too. Ruben Rochina bends a free-kick in and Chris Samba, completely unmarked at the back post, heads wide. What a waste that was.
1302: Better by Blackburn. Yakubu uses his considerable bulk to hold off Per Mertesacker, and turns before the ball is eventually fed out to Junior Hoilett. His cross, though, is easily cleared.
1301: Oh dear. Blackburn win back possession, and then promptly give it away again with an awful pass that is about a mile in front of Yakubu. Rovers need to get Junior Hoilett on the ball more, and quickly.
1300: If you want to listen to BBC Radio 5 live commentary of this game, just give this page a manual refresh. Back on the pitch, Arsenal are still having the better of it. Not much of a response from Blackburn so far.
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Ewood Park: "That was a good goal for Arsenal. They've been the better side and deserved it. There was a yawning gap in the Blackburn defence and a great ball by Song to Gervinho. It's not the type of start Steve Kean would have wanted."
Arsenal goal: We're not waiting any more. A lovely goal this, made by Alex Song's inch-perfect through-ball, which by-passes Scott Dann and leaves Gervinho free to slot home with a cool first-time finish, despite Chris Samba's desperate attempts to cover. Big problems for Blackburn already.
1255: GOALFLASH Blackburn 0-1 Arsenal (Gervinho)
1254: A sniff for Arsenal's Robin van Persie, who meets a cross at the back post but can only head back across goal rather than towards it. We've had 10 minutes at Ewood Park and we are still waiting for our first real opening.
1252: Ruben Rochina, who scored a Tony Yeboah-like scorcher for Blackburn at Craven Cottage, has another pop from distance. This one does not quite have the same end-result, though... he drags his left-footed shot well wide.
1250: BREAKING NEWS The power is back on at Molineux! Wolves' game versus QPR at (1500 BST) will proceed as normal.
From Scousemick, via text: "I am getting to dislike the football merry-go-round more and more. Can we seriously judge a season after four games? Give Kean more time, please."
1247: Arsenal are on the attack already and Chris Samba has to head clear when a cross is bent into the Blackburn box. Rovers have not seen much of the ball so far.
1245: Here we go then. Blackburn get us under way.
BBC Radio 5 live reporter Alastair Yeomans on the pre-match protest against Blackburn manager Steve Kean: "About 250 fans gathered at a pub about a mile away and marched here to Ewood Park. They did one lap of the stadium and had hoped for 500 but were hampered by the bad weather. Despite the rain they did make quite a din. This was a one-issue protest, they want the removal of Steve Kean and hope the owners who are here today have taken notice. This was a small and passionate march which was vociferous and I'm afraid very personal."
BBC Radio 5 live pundit Jimmy Armfield at Ewood Park: "What Blackburn need to do today is win. Points are what they need. Fans want to go home today with three points, no matter what the spectacle."
1242: Here come the players at Ewood Park. By the way, if Blackburn win, they will go above Arsenal on goal difference. Crisis, what crisis?
1241: Yakubu is up front on his own for Blackburn today then. He will have to do a lot of running... and, looking at the size of him, it might do him some good.
1237: Blackburn boss Steve Kean after seeing hundreds of fans demonstrate outside Ewood Park today calling for him to be sacked: "I can sympathise with the fans about the results but the performances, especially in recent games have been excellent. I am sure it will all come together. We want the fans to go home happy with the result and the performance and have a nice weekend. We want the same thing. The majority of them are happy with the way we are playing."
jachinah on Twitter:
"I see an upset today ......I think Blackburn will surely make Wenger's job more miserable...."
Robbie Savage on Football Focus, on being asked about manager Alex McLeish's move from Birmingham to Aston Villa: "I loved my time at Birmingham, but arguably Aston Villa are a bigger club and I would have moved to them as a player."
From Jack in Southend, via text: "Dodgy team, manager under pressure, fans not happy, will he go? And Blackburn also have problems of their own of course."
BLACKBURN v ARSENAL TEAM NEWS Nabil Hassan reports: Blackburn hand a debut to striker Yakubu while England under-21 midfielder Jason Lowe is given his first start for Rovers. Midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn have failed late fitness tests while Ryan Nelsen is also out injured. Andre Santos will make his full debut for Arsenal while there are Premier League returns for Alex Song and Gervinho following their three-match suspensions picked up against Newcastle. Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey is also passed fit having missed the midweek Champions League trip to Dortmund. Kieran Gibbs, Emmanuel Frimpong and Theo Walcott drop to the bench from the 1-0 victory over Swansea while Andrey Arshavin returns to the starting line-up following his winner last weekend.
JPQuantrill on Twitter:
"Actually feeling quietly confident of an Arsenal victory this afternoon. Don't often say that about our trips to Ewood Park."
BLACKBURN v ARSENAL (1245 BST) Nabil Hassan reports: After seeing his own side make a difficult start to the season, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger feels for under-pressure Blackburn boss Steve Kean: "I have a lot of sympathy for Steve," said Wenger. "He is a young manager and you want to give him time to do his job." Kean himself says: "I am sure we will pull through, get points on the board and climb the table very quickly."
Masters_JamesD on Twitter:
"You wouldn't put it past Orient to lose today and then go and beat Blackburn on Tuesday night. That would be typical Orient."
SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE UPDATE: Dunfermline are seeking their first home win of the season and have lost their last two games. This is the first league meeting between the sides since 2007, when the Pars won 1-0 shortly before also beating Hibs in the Scottish Cup semi-final after a replay. In the dugout for Hibs is Billy Brown, the former Hearts number two, now Colin Calderwood's assistant. A brave move!
You can follow a live text commentary of that game, here.
1219: More from
Arsenal do not have a single Englishman in their starting line up - the first PL club this season to start with a team of 11 foreigners. This is the first time the club have started without an English player since December 2010 at Wigan.
Blackburn v Arsenal line-ups Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Hoilett, Lowe, Nzonzi, Rochina, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Grella, Petrovic, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley. Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Walcott, Djourou, Gibbs, Chamakh, Benayoun, Coquelin. Referee: Andre Marriner (England)
1217: BREAKING NEWS: We're hearing there's a doubt about today's Wolves-QPR match because of a power cut in Wolverhampton. There's currently no power at Molineux and club officials have promised a further update soon.
1216: Football Focus has just started on BBC One and this website (in the UK). Give this page a manual refresh to see what Dan Walker & co have been up to. Worth watching for a big interview with Leonardo and his plans at PSG.
1215: Robin van Persie starts for Arsenal today, which is not good news for Kean or Blackburn.
tell me he has scored 10 career goals against them out of the 98 he has scored for Arsenal in all competitions - more against them than any other club he has faced. Van Persie is in form too - he has scored 19 Premier League goals in 2011 - more than any other player and one more than Wayne Rooney (18).
Colford08 on Twitter:
"I think blackburn could nick something against Arsenal. Both managers are under pressure."
bencook1992 on Twitter:
"Will today's game at the City Ground decide Steve McClaren's future at Forest? You wouldn't bet against it."
1206: BREAKING TEAM NEWS FROM EWOOD PARK Andrey Arshavin, Andre Santos and Aaron Ramsey all start for the Gunners. Blackburn hand a debut to Yakubu and a first league start to young midfielder Jason Lowe. Full details in a tick.
james_flynn on Twitter:
"I can't see Blackburn winning until December! Well, apart from on Tuesday against Leyton Orient. Maybe."
The mighty O's (who I used to cover many moons ago) actually need a win just as badly as Rovers. They are winless and bottom of League One, and take on Oldham today.
1159: So, now you know what's happening. Want to be a part of it? One tweet (or text) will just be the start of it... Tweet the commentary via the hashtag
or text in via 81111 (UK).
1157: FOOTBALL LEAGUE UPDATE: Two early games in the Championship today and boy are they a couple of crackers. In London, old foes Millwall and West Ham (1230 BST KO) renew acquaintances in their first league meeting since the 2004/05 season (although you might remember their kerfuffle in the Carling Cup a couple of years back). In the Midlands, Nigel Clough takes his Derby troops across the A52 to square off against Nottingham Forest (1300 BST), the club he (and his father) enjoyed no little success at. Last but by no means least of the earl Football League kick-offs comes in League Two, where Port Vale entertain Shrewsbury in a top-of-the-table clash (also at 1300 BST).
MartynGilbert on Twitter:
"Re 1135. 'Will Steve Kean be manager of Rovers in May?' He'll be lucky to make it to the post match interview on MOTD!"
BLACKBURN v ARSENAL (1245 BST) Nabil Hassan reports: "Hundreds of Blackburn fans are expected to demonstrate against manager Steve Kean as they attempt to force a change at the helm of the Ewood Park club. Without a win all season Rovers sit rock bottom of the Premier League but despite this Kean is adamant he is the right man for the job. Arsenal are the visitors today and they are not without their own problems - their last visit to the North West ended in an 8-2 defeat. It may be early in the season but there is already a lot riding on this game you feel."
1141: To be honest, it's debatable whether Kean will still be in charge at Ewood Park tomorrow morning. Rovers are bottom of the Premier League with only a point to their name, and their fans will hold
a protest march before today's game against Arsenal
demanding he is sacked. Kean still seems comfortable, saying: "The owners gave me their full backing and said, 'If there is going to be a demonstration, don't worry, we're fully behind you'." Worth remembering, though, that the Venky's
sacked Sam Allardyce in December 2010
when Blackburn were 13th.
1138: Er, so that's just you then Steve?
1135: Morning all. Let's start with a quick straw poll: Hands up anyone who thinks Steve Kean will still be manager of Blackburn Rovers in May?
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