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  • 4 February 2012
  • • 13:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 59643
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Premier League Preview: Arsenal - Blackburn

Steve Kean's relegation-threatened side travel to the Emirates looking to replicate their 4-3 success against the Gunners earlier in the season at Ewood Park


PROBABLE LINEUPS

ARSENAL

S
zczesny
Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny
Ramsey, Song, Arteta
Walcott, Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain
BLACBURN ROVERS

Robinson
Lowe, Dann, Givet, Olsson
Dunn, Petrovic, N'Zonzi, Pederson
Modeste, Hoilett
Arsenal have been rocked by the news that Jack Wilshere may not feature at all this season, having previously been expected to return last month. However, the home side will have been boosted by the return of Bacary Sagna to the starting XI against Bolton with a clean sheet.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to keep his place in the starting line-up as he continues to impress since being handed his first Premier League start against Manchester United just two weeks ago.

Blackburn were buoyed by a relatively quiet January transfer window where they managed to keep hold of their star players, although they will be without Chris Samba, who despite being fit, is not available for selection as he feels he can no longer give the club 100 per cent after he saw potential moves away blocked against his wishes. Otherwise, Blackburn are at near full strength with only Michel Salgado currently sidelined with a rib injury.


DID YOU KNOW?
  • Arsenal have only won one once in their last six Premier League fixtures.
  • In the last meeting between the two sides at the Emirates they played out a 0-0 draw
  • Blackburn's dramatic 4-3 win at Ewood Park against Arsenal in September was their first win this season in the Premier League.
  • In league history between the two teams, Arsenal have won 51 times to Blackburn's 26, while 30 have ended in a draw.
  • In previous meetings this fixture has averaged a total of 2.85 goals per game.
  • Robin van Persie has scored more than any other in the history of meetings between the sides with 8, while David Dunn tops the list for Blackburn with 5.
  • Blackburn have conceded on average in the Premier League this season 2.04 goals per game with only Wigan conceding more.
  • Theo Walcott has scored 5 goals in the Premier League this season from 64 shots, meaning each goal has come after every 12.8 attempts.
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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Arsenal

Blackburn Rovers

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
Arsenal FC Arsenal
Draw
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Blackburn Rovers FC Blackburn Rovers
84%

Top 3 Predictions

Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 0
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Arsenal FC ARS
3 - 1
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR
Arsenal FC ARS
2 - 0
Blackburn Rovers FC BBR

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