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Premier League

  • February 4, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Emirates Stadium, London
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 59643

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



Sagna, Vermaelen, Mertesacker, Koscielny
Ramsey, Song, Arteta
Walcott, Van Persie, Oxlade-Chamberlain

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.

  • 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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1Wojciech SzczesnyGoalkeeper
4Per MertesackerDefender
5Thomas VermaelenDefender
6Laurent KoscielnyDefender
7Tomas RosickyMidfielder
8Mikel ArtetaMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
22Francis CoquelinMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
14Theo WalcottStriker
15Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainStriker
21Lukasz FabianskiGoalkeeper
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23Martin OlssonDefender
5Gaël GivetDefender
6Scott DannDefender
8David DunnMidfielder
12Morten-Gamst PedersenMidfielder
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