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Premier League

  • 17 September 2011
  • • 12:45
  • • Ewood Park, Blackburn, Lancashire
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 22637

Live Commentary

  • Full-time. Blackburn record their first win of the season against Arsenal thanks to two goals from Yakubu and two from the Arsenal defence. Great game, Blackburn were really dogged today, Arsenal were clumsy in defence and really seemed to miss Vermalen.
  • 90' + 3'
    Arsenal get a controversial corner as replays show it did not go out. The ball pops out to Santos who again floats in a good cross to Chamakh but he directs the ball wide.
  • 90' + 2'
    Santos floats in a ball from very deep to Mertersacker at the back post who wins the header but sends it into the side netting. That was a top quality chance for Arsenal.
  • 90'
    Olsson runs it into the corner as we enter the 4 minutes of stoppage time at Ewood Park.
  • 88'
    Blackburn conserving the ball in these final minutes as Arsenal are looking to push on to equalise to try and spare some of their blushes.
  • 86'
    A deep cross Van Persie from the left side of the pitch gets behind the Blackburn defence and Chamakh does well to get to the ball in front of two defenders to steer the ball into the bottom right hand corner, Robinson unable to stop it again.
  • 85'
    Assist Robin van Persie
  • 85'
    Goal Marouane Chamakh
  • 85'
    Goal!!! Arsenal claw on back through Chamakh.
  • 82'
    Robin Van Persie gets on the end of a Arteta corner at the back post but Robinson does well punch the ball out of the danger area.
  • 79'
    Hoilett makes a good tackle on the edge of the Blackburn box and they counter with Jovetic, but the player runs out of ideas near the Arsenal box and is tackled.
  • 77'
    N'zonzi gets fed the ball a couple of yards outside the box, he controls and tries to curl the ball into the top corner but it ends up in the arms of Szczesny .
  • 76'
    SubstitutionAlex Song Marouane Chamakh
  • 76'
    Arsenal corner and the delivery finds Chamakh's head. A good effort on goal but the whistle was blown for a push on Givet from Chamakh. Arsenal are getting desperate.
  • 70'
    Yellow Card Martin Olsson
  • 69'
    Assist Martin Olsson
  • 69'
    Own Goal Laurent Koscielny
  • 69'
    Olsson makes a great run right down the right hand side of the pitch, and takes on two defenders to get to the byline. He cuts the ball back and it comes off of Koscielny's shins and into the goal for Blackburn's 4th.
  • 68'
    Goal!!!!! 4-2 Koscielny puts it in his own goal.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card Scott Dann
  • 66'
    Walcott sprints down the wing and is bought down by Dann just outside the box, he tried to play on but the ball ran away from him. Dann got a yellow card.
  • 65'
    SubstitutionMauro Formica Simon Vukcevic
  • 65'
    SubstitutionAndrey Arshavin Theo Walcott
  • 62'
    Gervinho makes a mazey run across the face of the box, but instead of taking on the shot he plays it to Arshavin whose shot is blocked and goes out for a corner.
  • 60'
    Hints of offside as a corner goes well over all the players but is collected at the far post and drilled across the face of goal. Yakubu sticks out a foot and directs the ball into the net. Replays show the player was half a yard offside.
  • 59'
    Assist Steven N'Zonzi
  • 59'
    Goal Yakubu Aiyegbeni
  • 59'
    Goal!!!!!! Yakubu gets his second and Blackburn's third.
  • 57'
    Yellow Card Johan Djourou
  • 57'
    Hoilett takes on Djourou and finds the pace to get past him, but the player who has only just come on drags the winger back. The ref gives Blackburn a free kick and Djourou a yellow card.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionRubén Rochina Martin Olsson
  • 53'
    SubstitutionBacary Sagna Johan Djourou
  • 53'
    Hoilett releases Formica who gets the run on Koscielny, Formica's shot is blocked well by szczesny who closed down the player quickly.
  • 50'
    Assist Rubén Rochina
  • 50'
    Own Goal Alex Song
  • 50'
    Own goal this time, from Alex Song. A free kick from deep on the right wing is floated into the box, and the tame delivery is bounced around the 6 yard box, eventually deflecting off of Song's knee and into the net.
  • 49'
    Goal!!! Blackburn equalise again.
  • 46'
    Arsenal kick-off the second half. Wenger will hope that his side are able to convert their good performance into goals and try and get a comprehensive win today.
  • 45' + 1'
    Blackburn have been struggling to keep possession, but when they are getting forward on the counter attack they do look like they could come back into the game.
  • 43'
    Arshavin's pace sees him free of but unselfishly passes to Gervinho in the middle of the box. He takes a touch then shoots, but his effort is blocked. Van Persie was screaming for the Ivorian to put him through.
  • 41'
    Hoilett is playing well today down the left wing, he cuts in again but is bought down by Song half way into the Arsenal half.
  • 34'
    Assist Aaron Ramsey
  • 34'
    Goal Mikel Amatrian Arteta
  • 34'
    Mikel Arteta this time. Aaron Ramsey makes a cutting run into the right hand side of the box getting rid of his markers and cuts the ball back into the box to Arteta who rifles the ball into the roof of the net.
  • 33'
    Goal!!!!! Arsenal go ahead again.
  • 32'
    Sagna returns to the field after treatment.
  • 31'
    Sagna is down and looks in pain. Dann slides in on the defender as Arsenal were on the attack, the tackle was good but a trailing leg seemed to cause the damage.
  • 29'
    A free kick from Robinson on the half way line finds the head of Samba, looping into the box finds Szczesney in no-man's land but Sagna does well to cover for his team mate, and the ball goes out for a corner.
  • 26'
    Totally against the run of play, but it was well executed by the Nigerian. Similar to Arsenal's goal Yakubu is put through and coupled with a perfectly timed run beats the offside trap and just puts the ball to the right of the keeper. 1-1, will this galvanize Kean's side?
  • 25'
    Assist Junior Hoilett
  • 25'
    Goal Yakubu Aiyegbeni
  • 25'
    Goal!!!! Yakubu equalises.
  • 23'
    Gervinho running down the right wing and cuts inside and smashes a shot into Paul Robinson from a tight angle. He is looking dangerous today,
  • 21'
    Blackburn float in a long range free kick to the back post, Samba finds himself alone but he fails to jump high enough and the ball skids off the top of his head and out for a goal kick.
  • 19'
    SubstitutionMichel Salgado Radosav Petrović
  • 19'
    Blackburn float in a long range free kick to the back post, Samba finds himself alone but he fails to jump high enough and the ball skids off the top of his head and out for a goal kick.
  • 18'
    Petrovic has replaced Salgado he looks to be carrying an injury
  • 10'
    Assist Alex Song
  • 10'
    Goal Gervinho
  • 10'
    A pass from Song straight through the heart of the defence unleashes the lively looking Gervinho. He finds himself alone in the box and nets cooly though the legs of Samba. Robinson has no chance and can only watch the ball roll into the right corner of his goal.
  • 10'
    Goal!!!!! Gervinho puts the Gunner's into the lead.
  • 9'
    A pass into Arshavin on the edge of the box, the Russian looks to release Gervinho who makes a darting run behind the defence. Luckily Scott Dann finds himself in the right place at the righ time and blocks the pass and clears.
  • 5'
    Rochina finds himself in space 35 yards out with players either side, but he decides to try and test the Arsenal goalkeeper from distance. His shot was ambitious and he drags it well wide of the right hand side post.
  • 3'
    Hoilett gets behind the Arsenal defence on the left wing and puts a ball into the 6 yard box from the byline, but Szczesny reads it and intercepts the cross.
  • 2'
    Arsenal win the ball back immediately and attack down the right wing with Samba, he crosses the ball in but Blackburn captain Samba's clearing header averts any danger.
  • 1'
    Blackburn get us underway at Ewood Park.
  • The Ewood Park pitch is in great condition today, Arsene Wenger will be happy to see that the playing conditions wont get in the way of their free flowing football. Although a Blackburn side sitting bottom of the league may be a shock for the visitors as they look to get their first win of the season.
  • Both teams are desperate for a win today after both have suffered a poor start to the season. Arsenal are still recovering from their 8-2 defeat against Manchester United, and Blackburn's Steve Kean needs to get something from this game as fans have been protesting for the sacking of their manager.
  • Arsenal's starting XI: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Walcott, Djourou, Gibbs, Chamakh, Benayoun, Coquelin.
  • Blackburn's starting XI: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Hoilett, Lowe, Nzonzi, Rochina, Formica, Yakubu. And the Rovers' subs: Bunn, Olsson, Grella, Petrovic, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.
  • Good afternoon and welcome to's coverage of the Premier League clash of Blackburn and Arsenal.