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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 April, 2005, 10:40 GMT 11:40 UK
Arsenal v Blackburn photos
Blackburn's Garry Flitcroft challenges Arsenal's Philippe Senderos
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A Garry Flitcroft attack is thwarted by Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos during a cagey opening to the encounter
Robert Pires sprints clear of Blackburn's Paul Dickov
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Robert Pires sprints clear of Blackburn's Paul Dickov as Arsenal look to create the first clear chance of the opening half
Steven Reid shrugs Arsenal's Gilberto aside
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Steven Reid wins the physical encounter in midfield against Gilberto as Blackburn manage to frustrate the Gunners
Robert Pires opens the scoring for Arsenal
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Arsenal break the deadlock as Pires is presented with a simple tap in after excellent work from Kolo Toure down the left
Pires celebrates his strike
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The Frenchman celebrates his strike in the 42nd minute as Arsenal take a precious 1-0 lead into the half-time interval
The Blackburn boss Mark Hughes shows his frustation
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The Blackburn boss Mark Hughes shows his frustation as his side fail to break through the Arsenal defence
Robin van Persie scores Arsenal's second
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Despite a battling display from Blackburn Arsenal take a decisive 2-0 lead in the 86th minute through Robin van Persie
Van Persie celebrates his goal
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The substitute celebrates his fine left-foot strike and seals the 3-0 win in the 90th minute with a sublime curling effort




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