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Blackburn   1 - 2   Arsenal

Andrey Arshavin scores Arsenal's winner at Blackburn
Arshavin drives Arsenal's winner in through a number of bodies

Andrey Arshavin grabbed the winner for Arsenal as they showed the steel needed to overcome a committed Blackburn.

Theo Walcott gave the Gunners the lead at Ewood Park, powering an angled shot past Paul Robinson after a slick move.

But Mame Biram Diouf tapped in from an El-Hadji Diouf pass as Rovers impressively equalised.

Arshavin threaded in the winner after a Cesc Fabregas effort was deflected into his path and the north Londoners held on to complete a hard-fought win.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had wanted his side to send out a message that they were capable of dealing with the type of physical approach Blackburn would adopt.

Wenger delighted after passing 'big test'

And, after weathering the Rovers onslaught and earning the right to play, Wenger will be encouraged by the character his team showed to come out on top and enhance their title credentials.

Blackburn did not take long to test Arsenal's resolve, with the visitors nervously clearing when goalkeeper Robinson launched a free-kick into their box, before his Gunners counterpart Manuel Almunia caught a long throw hurled into his six yard box.

It set the tone for an aerial bombardment on the Arsenal goal although, in the opening skirmishes, the visitors almost dealt Blackburn a blow when an Abou Diaby shot pin-balled off an unwitting Vince Grella and Robinson to safety.

But Blackburn were in forceful mood and defender Ryan Nelsen had a header cleared off the Arsenal line by Fabregas, while Almunia had to palm away from under his crossbar after Christopher Samba headed on another long throw.

606: DEBATE

The clash of styles made for a fast and furious game with some unrelenting action as both teams strived to wrest the upper hand.

Samba headed just over from a near post corner before the visitors matched the substance they were showing with the type of play that makes them so pleasing on the eye.

Almunia played the ball out and, six passes later, Walcott ran on to Van Persie's measured ball and took a touch before sending in a shot at the far post.

However, while Wenger might have been fearing the type of 'rugby' tactics he talked about ahead of the game, Rovers produced the type of penetrating move of which the Gunners would have been proud.

Samba showed some nifty footwork belying his 6ft 4in stature before releasing El-Hadji Diouf, who surged past Laurent Koscielny on the left and passed for Mame Biram Diouf to tap in.

Allardyce feels short-changed by Arsenal defeat

Robin van Persie became Arsenal's first casualty as he was forced off with an ankle injury but the visitors' passing game was slowly coming to the fore against the more direct manner of Rovers.

The Gunners restored their lead when Fabregas had an effort blocked from Bacary Sagna's cross before Arshavin pounced to drive in the crucial goal.

Arsenal had a degree of control as they dominated possession and, although Blackburn were struggling to impose themselves, they still carried a threat.

Nikola Kalininc blazed high after a mistake by Thomas Vermaelen but the home side's attacks had become few and far between.

Jack Wilshere missed a great chance late on, although it would only have put the gloss on Arsenal's first away win since March.

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Saturday, 28 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Diouf 27
  • Walcott 20
  • Arshavin 51

Blackburn

Substitutes

Arsenal

Substitutes

Ref: FoyAtt: 25,059
BLACKBURN
ARSENAL

Possession

  • Blackburn 42%
  • Arsenal 58%

Attempts on target

  • Blackburn 7
  • Arsenal 9

Attempts off target

  • Blackburn 8
  • Arsenal 5

Corners

  • Blackburn 4
  • Arsenal 8

Fouls

  • Blackburn 9
  • Arsenal 7
  • Final Result
  • 93:35 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+1:51 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 90:00+0:39 Shot by Jack Wilshere. Save made by Paul Robinson. Corner taken short by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 90:00 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 89:51 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 89:00 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 88:23 A cross is delivered by David Dunn, Gael Givet produces a drilled left-footed shot from 12 yards. Clearance made by Alex Song.
  • 87:35 A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, blocked by Gael Clichy. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 86:27 Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).
  • 85:01 The official flags Christopher Samba offside. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.
  • 84:23 Foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Gael Givet, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 82:39 Substitution Jack Wilshere comes on in place of Andrey Arshavin.
  • 82:39 Michel Salgado has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 82:13 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 81:09 David Dunn takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 80:08 Substitution Mame Diouf goes off and Steven Nzonzi comes on.
  • 80:08 Andrey Arshavin crosses the ball.
  • 78:42 Christopher Samba is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.
  • 78:05 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 76:49 Shot by Theo Walcott from outside the box goes over the net.
  • 75:50 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 75:12 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 74:23 Mame Diouf gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bacary Sagna. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 73:58 Centre by El-Hadji Diouf, Bacary Sagna manages to make a clearance.
  • 73:15 Free kick crossed right-footed by Theo Walcott from right wing, clearance made by Martin Olsson.
  • 73:15 Booking The referee shows Gael Givet a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 73:12 Unfair challenge on Theo Walcott by Gael Givet results in a free kick.
  • 72:34 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 70:28 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 69:47 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 69:03 Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
  • 68:13 The ball is crossed by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 66:56 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 66:56 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Tomas Rosicky coming on for Francesc Fabregas.
  • 66:56 Shot from deep inside the area by Laurent Koscielny goes over the bar.
  • 66:21 Francesc Fabregas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, David Dunn manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:10 Attacking throw-in by Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal).
  • 65:57 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 65:09 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Michel Salgado, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gael Clichy.
  • 64:59 The ball is crossed by Martin Olsson, Manuel Almunia makes a save.
  • 64:31 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 64:02 Substitution Martin Olsson is brought on as a substitute for Nikola Kalinic.
  • 62:57 A cross is delivered by Theo Walcott, clearance by Michel Salgado.
  • 62:13 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 61:56 The ball is swung over by Gael Clichy, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 61:20 Attacking throw-in by Francesc Fabregas (Arsenal).
  • 60:40 Michel Salgado takes a shot. Gael Clichy manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:14 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 59:44 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 59:07 Effort from the edge of the box by Andrey Arshavin goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 57:52 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 57:45 The ball is crossed by Theo Walcott, blocked by Gael Givet.
  • 56:53 The ball is crossed by Andrey Arshavin, clearance made by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 56:29 Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 55:28 Goal kick taken long by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 55:28 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with David Dunn coming on for Vincenzo Grella.
  • 55:28 Effort on goal by Nikola Kalinic from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 53:29 Marouane Chamakh takes a shot. Blocked by Gael Givet. Corner from right by-line taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 52:57 Goal kick taken long by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 52:45 El-Hadji Diouf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.
  • 52:21 Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).
  • 50:50 Bacary Sagna sends in a cross, Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Theo Walcott.
  • 50:47 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinBlackburn 1 - 2 Arsenal A goal is scored by Andrey Arshavin from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal.
  • 50:40 Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.
  • 50:19 Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a left-footed shot from long range that goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 49:44 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 49:19 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 47:49 Morten Gamst Pedersen fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 47:17 Mame Diouf challenges Thomas Vermaelen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 47:03 Shot by Theo Walcott. Blocked by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 46:37 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 46:13 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 45:36 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:45 Centre by Bacary Sagna, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 45:00+0:46 Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Nikola Kalinic. Shot on goal comes in from Morten Gamst Pedersen from the free kick, blocked by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 45:00+0:10 Shot by El-Hadji Diouf from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
  • 45:00+0:05 Gael Givet delivers the ball.
  • 45:00 The half-time whistle blows.
  • 44:59 The ball is swung over by Mame Diouf, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.
  • 43:38 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, save by Paul Robinson.
  • 43:25 The ball is delivered by Bacary Sagna.
  • 42:27 Goal kick taken long by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 41:47 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 41:22 Theo Walcott delivers the ball, blocked by Phil Jones.
  • 40:52 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 40:46 The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen.
  • 39:44 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 39:09 Mame Diouf delivers the ball, clearance by Bacary Sagna.
  • 38:22 Vassiriki Diaby produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 37:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Song by Nikola Kalinic. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 36:22 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 34:43 Vassiriki Diaby concedes a free kick for a foul on Vincenzo Grella. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 33:47 Substitution Robin van Persie goes off and Marouane Chamakh comes on.
  • 32:42 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Morten Gamst Pedersen, the ref awards a free kick. Andrey Arshavin takes the free kick.
  • 31:37 Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 29:55 El-Hadji Diouf concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Song. Direct free kick taken by Alex Song.
  • 29:47 A cross is delivered by Phil Jones, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
  • 29:21 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 27:18 Effort on goal by Nikola Kalinic from 18 yards. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.
  • 26:05 Assist on the goal came from El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 26:05 GOAL - Mame DioufBlackburn 1 - 1 Arsenal Mame Diouf gets on the score sheet with a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 1-1 Arsenal.
  • 25:14 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 24:25 The ball is sent over by Mame Diouf, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 23:29 The ball is sent over by Theo Walcott, clearance by Ryan Nelsen. Robin van Persie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Vincenzo Grella.
  • 22:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Ryan Nelsen. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 21:58 The offside flag is raised against Mame Diouf. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 21:33 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 20:52 Shot by Vincenzo Grella. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 19:26 Assist by Robin van Persie.
  • 19:26 GOAL - Theo WalcottBlackburn 0 - 1 Arsenal Theo Walcott gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Arsenal.
  • 19:12 Nikola Kalinic concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel Almunia. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 18:18 El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.
  • 17:24 Attacking throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 17:06 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado.
  • 16:41 The ball is crossed by Mame Diouf, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 16:19 Attacking throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 15:09 Effort on goal by Nikola Kalinic from 20 yards. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny. Morten Gamst Pedersen takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Close range header by Christopher Samba goes over the crossbar.
  • 14:12 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 13:45 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 13:19 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 12:54 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 12:08 The assistant referee signals for offside against Nikola Kalinic. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.
  • 11:09 Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, Phil Jones manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas played to the near post, Vincenzo Grella manages to make a clearance.
  • 8:56 Ryan Nelsen takes a shot. Francesc Fabregas makes a clearance. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, clearance by Robin van Persie.
  • 7:55 Phil Jones produces a cross, clearance by Thomas Vermaelen. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the left by-line played to the near post, Robin van Persie makes a clearance.
  • 7:31 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 7:17 Vincenzo Grella crosses the ball, Laurent Koscielny manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:52 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 6:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Mame Diouf. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:30 Defending throw-in by Michel Salgado (Blackburn).
  • 5:17 Gael Clichy crosses the ball, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:42 Goal kick taken long by Manuel Almunia (Arsenal).
  • 4:05 Theo Walcott is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 3:27 Shot by Vassiriki Diaby. Blocked by Vincenzo Grella.
  • 3:05 Short corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line.
  • 2:27 Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).
  • 1:31 Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).
  • 1:22 Defending throw-in by Gael Clichy (Arsenal).
  • 0:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christopher Samba by Andrey Arshavin. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 28 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 3 14 9
2 Arsenal 3 7 7
3 Man Utd 3 6 7
4 Wolves 3 1 5
5 Newcastle 3 3 4
6 Man City 2 3 4
7 Bolton 2 2 4
8 Birmingham 2 1 4
9 Tottenham 3 0 4
10 Blackpool 3 -2 4
11 Fulham 3 0 3
12 Blackburn 3 -1 3
13 Aston Villa 2 -3 3
14 West Brom 2 -5 3
15 Wigan 3 -9 3
16 Sunderland 2 -1 1
17 Everton 2 -1 1
18 Liverpool 2 -3 1
19 Stoke 3 -4 0
20 West Ham 3 -8 0

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