Took a hefty bump early on but seemed unaffected which seemed to give his side a psychological boost. Arguably should have kept Pedersen’s free-kick out but that’s by the by, was never threatened before or after that point.
Dominant in the air though that was probably due to the lack of quality service to Modeste. A comfy afternoon for the centre half.
Largely untroubled at the back and caused some mischief in the opposition penalty area, going close with a header and unwittingly bagging an assist.
Was never threatened defensively yet his lack of forward impetus gave away the fact that he’s a centre half, not a left back.
An understated yet assured performance as the midfielder stepped in for Aaron Ramsey.
Ran the show in the middle of the park, with much of the hosts' counter-attacking play channelled through. Fully deserved to get his name on the scoresheet.
Another impressive cameo at right back. With Bacary Sagna now back in the fold, it will be intriguing to see Coquelin in his preferred role in central midfield. Assured on the ball and seemingly ideally suited to the Arsenal stylistic.
Another intelligent display that will surely cement his place in the first team. Married guile with brains, combining well with Van Persie numerous times.
Engine in the middle of the field and provided the spark that put Arsenal back in the lead.
Still occasionally showed a certain discomfort on the ball at times though this was masked by his two near-identical assists in the first half. His movement has noticeably improved, with the winger ghosting in off the flank very well as well as recognising how to hurt Blackburn and doing it relentlessly.
R. van Persie
All three finishes were simple, yet classy. Spearheaded the Gunners attack emphatically and his assist for Oxlade-Chamberlain's first was one of the passes of the season
Was left gruesomely exposed by his back four who seemed utterly incapable of tracking both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain’s ghosting runs in from the flanks.
Was asleep for Van Persie’s second minute opener. The barrage of Arsenal attack soon woke him up but not once did he look in control of the situation.
Seemed the brains, though definitely not the legs of the operation at the back until he received a straight red for a wild and reckless challenge on Oxlade-Chamberlain. It was an uphill struggle made impossible at that point.
Was given a torrid time by both Walcott and Coquelin all afternoon. Might be having nightmares about this one for a long time to come
Strode around the park with authority off the ball yet could do nothing to break up Arsenal's devastating counterattacks.
His bent free-kick offered Blackburn a lifeline that they did the very hardest not to grab.
Completely over-ran in the middle of the park, particularly when his team were reduced to ten.
From the outset designated himself as his side’s bully boy in the middle of the park. His surging runs forward prove an outlet for his team though he was the victim of a tactical substitution on the stroke of half-time.
Afternoon was cut short after he received a knock just after the game had properly settled into its rhythm.
Found himself with scant opportunity to really effect the game in any positive way. Largely confined to doubling up on Walcott, with a similarly ineffectual outcome.
Threw himself around with gusto though his influence rapidly disappeared with every minute the game went on.
- 21 Ł. Fabiański
Given a brief cameo at left-back when the game was already done and dusted
- 16 A. Ramsey
- 23 A. Arshavin
Thown on at the end and drove an effort into Robinson when a yard to either side would have assured he was on the scoresheet too.
His goal was evidence that Henry is not the player of old, opting to pass to Van Persie when he could have motored through, then bundling in. Nevertheless, a goal off the bench to send the home fans into raptures.
- 9 Chu-Young Park
- 13 M. Bunn
Brought on for David Dunn in an attempt to stem the tide just before the interval though by that point the game was already over.
Introduced early on to replace the injured Jason Lowe but I'd wager he would much rather have sat on the bench. Suffered onslaught after onslaught with little reprieve.
- 10 M. Fórmica
- 29 S. Vukčević
- 20 Rubén Rochina
- 25 D. Goodwillie