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Blackburn   2 - 1   Arsenal

David Dunn equalised for Blackburn
Dunn (right) celebrates scoring his 50th goal for his hometown club

By Paul Fletcher

Chris Samba scored the winner as Blackburn came from behind to defeat Arsenal, who must wait to secure third place in the Premier League.

Robin van Persie put Arsenal ahead with a header from six yards but Blackburn equalised when David Dunn tapped home after a corner was not cleared.

Lukasz Fabianski saved from Morten Gamst Pedersen and Junior Hoilett.

But Rovers bombarded the Arsenal keeper with high balls, and it was from a corner that Samba headed the winner.

The home team are assured of a mid-table finish after moving from 13th to 10th in the table.

But Arsenal's aim of finishing third - and therefore avoiding having to qualify for the group stage of next season's Champions League - could go down to the final day.

The Gunners have one game left to play, but Manchester City and Tottenham, who play each other on Wednesday, lead the chasing pack and could still potentially catch Arsenal.

606: DEBATE
Navregas

It was a frustrating afternoon for visiting boss Arsene Wenger, who appeared to be unhappy with what he saw as Rovers' robust approach to the contest.

On the field, Fabianski repeatedly complained to referee Martin Atkinson, although replays suggested that on several occasions at least, Rovers were guilty of nothing more than standing their ground.

Arsenal had settled quickly and Theo Walcott's blistering pace created a fourth-minute opening that Carlos Vela, making his first Premier League start since the closing stages of last season, should have converted but missed from six yards.

Rovers were the next to threaten, with Fabianski diving sharply to his right to save a free-kick from Pedersen, but Arsenal clearly possessed the greater cutting edge in the early stages and took the lead after 13 minutes.

Bacary Sagna flicked on a corner at the near post and Van Persie headed home unmarked to score his 10th goal in nine games against Rovers.

Paul Robinson parried a free-kick from Van Persie, while Pedersen again forced Fabianski into action with a dead-ball strike that swerved viciously.

Rovers took every opportunity to test the handling of Fabianski, who landed heavily on his right knee as he jumped above Sol Campbell to collect a loose ball.

Wenger cannot understand ref decisions

The Arsenal keeper was able to continue but he was picking the ball out of his net shortly before the break after his team failed to deal with a corner.

The ball eventually fell to Keith Andrews, who drilled a low cross back across goal that several Arsenal players failed to clear, gifting Dunn a simple tap-in.

It had been an entertaining opening half in the spring sunshine at Ewood Park - and the openings continued after the break.

Andrews played an excellent through ball to Pedersen, whose shot was parried by Fabianski. Pedersen chased the rebound and went down under a challenge from Campbell but Atkinson was not interested in his penalty appeals.

Dunn played Hoilett through, with the substitute forcing Fabianski to tip his strike over the crossbar, before Arsenal threatened to regain the lead.

Van Persie embarrassed Michael Salgado with a sharp turn but the Dutch striker lost his footing as his opponent tried to rescue the situation. Once again, Atkinson waved away the penalty appeal.

Mikael Silvestre almost diverted a flick-on into this own net as he tried to clear the danger, but Rovers scored the winner after the visiting team failed to deal with the physical presence of Samba.

Allardyce targeted 'weak Arsenal defence'

The Rovers skipper stood close to the Arsenal goal-line as a corner was delivered and finished the simplest of headers after both Fabianski and Campbell failed to clear the danger.

Arsenal substitute Andrey Arshavin forced a decent save from Robinson but Rovers held out to ensure that they avoided defeat against the Gunners, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool at home this season.

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Monday, 3 May 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 2-1 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Dunn 44
  • Samba 68
  • Van Persie 13

Blackburn

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Att: 26,138
BLACKBURN
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Blackburn 43%
  • Arsenal 57%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 7
  • Arsenal 4

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 4
  • Arsenal 2

Corners

  • Blackburn 5
  • Arsenal 8

Fouls

  • Blackburn 19
  • Arsenal 15
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:13 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+2:58 Andrey Arshavin sends in a cross, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 90:00+2:50 The ball is swung over by Samir Nasri, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 90:00+1:12 Unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 89:51 Unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna by David Hoilett results in a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
  • 89:07 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the direct free kick.
  • 89:07 Booking Sol Campbell booked.
  • 89:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Sol Campbell.
  • 87:53 Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, save made by Paul Robinson.
  • 86:58 Foul by Keith Andrews on Samir Nasri, free kick awarded. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:09 Centre by Bacary Sagna.
  • 84:32 Substitution Phil Jones comes on in place of David Dunn.
  • 84:09 Bacary Sagna delivers the ball, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 84:01 Mikael Silvestre crosses the ball.
  • 82:52 The ball is swung over by David Dunn, Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
  • 82:01 Jason Roberts fouled by Mikael Silvestre, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 80:58 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 80:53 Centre by Theo Walcott, Gael Givet gets a block in.
  • 77:00 Substitution Emmanuel Eboue goes off and Da Silva Eduardo comes on.
  • 76:08 Samir Nasri challenges Martin Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morten Gamst Pedersen delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance by Armand Traore.
  • 75:58 Martin Olsson produces a cross, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:56 Corner from the right by-line taken by Robin van Persie, Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • 73:51 The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, Gael Givet gets a block in.
  • 73:22 David Hoilett sends in a cross, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 72:27 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 71:15 Theo Walcott crosses the ball, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 70:30 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Theo Walcott. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 68:49 Martin Olsson fouled by Mikael Silvestre, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from David Dunn from the free kick.
  • 67:20 Assist by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 67:20 GOAL - Christopher SambaBlackburn 2 - 1 Arsenal Christopher Samba grabs a headed goal from close in. Blackburn 2-1 Arsenal.
  • 66:57 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post,
  • 66:15 Substitution Andrey Arshavin comes on in place of Carlos Alberto Vela.
  • 65:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mikael Silvestre by Jason Roberts. Armand Traore restarts play with the free kick.
  • 64:20 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from right wing, Bacary Sagna makes a clearance.
  • 64:20 Booking Mikael Silvestre shown a yellow card.
  • 64:05 Mikael Silvestre gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Roberts.
  • 63:16 The assistant referee signals for offside against Martin Olsson. Free kick taken by Mikael Silvestre.
  • 62:42 A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott.
  • 62:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Keith Andrews on Carlos Alberto Vela. Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 60:06 David Hoilett concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikael Silvestre. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 59:45 Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 59:25 David Hoilett takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
  • 58:08 Emmanuel Eboue takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:08 Booking Morten Gamst Pedersen is booked.
  • 58:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen on Robin van Persie.
  • 56:43 Substitution David Hoilett is brought on as a substitute for Vincenzo Grella.
  • 56:27 Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
  • 54:45 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 54:26 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 53:21 Theo Walcott concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincenzo Grella. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 52:42 Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Keith Andrews manages to make a clearance.
  • 52:34 A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 50:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela by Michel Salgado. Samir Nasri restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:37 The assistant referee signals for offside against Morten Gamst Pedersen. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • Correction - 47:18 Michel Salgado concedes a free kick for a foul on Carlos Alberto Vela. Direct free kick taken by Armand Traore.
  • 47:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Carlos Alberto Vela. Armand Traore takes the free kick,
  • 45:41 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie played to the near post, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:32 The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, Gael Givet gets a block in.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:41 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+0:29 Jason Roberts is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 44:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Armand Traore on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 44:06 Effort on goal by Martin Olsson from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • Correction - 43:08 Assist on the goal came from Jason Roberts.
  • 43:08 The assist for the goal came from Keith Andrews.
  • 43:08 GOAL - David DunnBlackburn 1 - 1 Arsenal Goal scored by David Dunn from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 42:15 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Keith Andrews takes a shot.
  • 41:41 Unfair challenge on David Dunn by Mikael Silvestre results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 41:06 Unfair challenge on Carlos Alberto Vela by Keith Andrews results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Robin van Persie, Christopher Samba makes a clearance.
  • 40:10 Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Lukasz Fabianski takes the free kick.
  • 38:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Samir Nasri. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 38:11 Theo Walcott crosses the ball.
  • 35:19 Vincenzo Grella takes a shot. Mikael Silvestre gets a block in.
  • 33:07 Morten Gamst Pedersen takes the inswinging corner, Jason Roberts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lukasz Fabianski. Lukasz Fabianski restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Carlos Alberto Vela. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 30:05 The referee gives a free kick against Carlos Alberto Vela for handball. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:51 Corner taken right-footed by Samir Nasri from the left by-line, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 28:43 Ryan Nelsen challenges Robin van Persie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 27:56 The official flags Jason Roberts offside. Lukasz Fabianski takes the indirect free kick.
  • 27:04 Mikael Silvestre concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 25:32 Unfair challenge on Emmanuel Eboue by David Dunn results in a free kick. Robin van Persie produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 24:54 Bacary Sagna delivers the ball.
  • 24:29 Direct free kick taken by Samir Nasri.
  • 24:29 Booking Vincenzo Grella receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 24:18 Emmanuel Eboue fouled by Vincenzo Grella, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 20:55 Robin van Persie challenges Christopher Samba unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 20:34 The ball is delivered by Vincenzo Grella, Martin Olsson takes a shot. Lukasz Fabianski makes a save.
  • 17:26 Michel Salgado fouled by Carlos Alberto Vela, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:52 Lukasz Fabianski fouled by David Dunn, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 16:16 Emmanuel Eboue challenges Gael Givet unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 15:29 Ryan Nelsen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie. Samir Nasri takes the free kick.
  • 12:59 Assist by Bacary Sagna.
  • 12:59 GOAL - Robin van PersieBlackburn 0 - 1 Arsenal Robin van Persie grabs a headed goal from close range. Blackburn 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 12:38 Corner taken by Samir Nasri from the left by-line played to the near post,
  • 12:15 Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Keith Andrews makes a clearance.
  • 12:08 The ball is delivered by Theo Walcott, Ryan Nelsen manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:33 Martin Olsson is adjudged to have handled the ball. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 10:10 Carlos Alberto Vela is caught offside. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 7:10 The ball is swung over by Bacary Sagna, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:35 David Dunn fouled by Vassiriki Diaby, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, save made by Lukasz Fabianski.
  • 2:49 Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Gael Givet results in a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the direct free kick.
  • 2:04 The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, Carlos Alberto Vela produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 0:53 The ball is crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, clearance made by Sol Campbell.
  • 0:05 Sol Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from left channel, clearance by Robin van Persie.
  • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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Premier League results

3 May 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 3 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 37 63 83
2 Man Utd 37 54 82
3 Arsenal 37 38 72
4 Tottenham 36 27 67
5 Man City 36 29 66
6 Aston Villa 37 14 64
7 Liverpool 37 26 62
8 Everton 37 10 58
9 Birmingham 37 -8 50
10 Blackburn 37 -15 47
11 Fulham 36 -2 46
12 Sunderland 37 -7 44
13 Stoke 36 -11 44
14 Bolton 37 -26 36
15 Wigan 37 -34 36
16 Wolves 37 -25 35
17 West Ham 37 -19 34
18 Hull 37 -41 29
19 Burnley 37 -42 27
20 Portsmouth 37 -31 19

see also
Monday's football photos
03 May 10 |  Premier League
Monday football as it happened
03 May 10 |  Football
Wenger fumes at Blackburn tactics
03 May 10 |  Premier League


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