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August 28, 2010 12:45 PM BST
Ewood Park — Blackburn, Lancashire
Referee:‬ C. Foy‎
Attendance:‬ 25059‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Arsenal

By Wayne Veysey

  • Paul Robinson
    80
    25
    3.00

    Paul Robinson

    His Jonny Wilkinson-style kicking launched many a Rovers attack and he was a solid presence in goal. Made a couple of fine saves.

  • Michel Salgado
    39
    46
    3.00

    Michel Salgado

    The veteran right-back kept Arshavin quiet in the first half but struggled to deal with the Russian when he turned it on after the break. Should have done better with a good chance in the closing minutes.

  • Ryan Nelsen
    31
    37
    2.50

    Ryan Nelsen

    Had a header cleared off the line but looked off the pace at times as he struggled to deal with the pace and variety of Arsenal's attacking angles.

  • Christopher Samba
    85
    31
    3.50

    Christopher Samba

    Beckenbauer-style run and pass to set up Rovers' equaliser and a dominant presence in both penalty areas with his height and muscle.

  • Gaël Givet
    75
    49
    2.00

    Gaël Givet Flop of the Match

    Skinned time and again by the electric Walcott. Will just be thankful that he doesn't have to face the on-song wide boy every week.

  • Mame Biram Diouf
    95
    41
    3.50

    Mame Biram Diouf

    Great run and neat finish for the equaliser to follow up his midweek hat-trick. The on-loan Manchester United man was a constant threat with his energy and movement.

  • Phil Jones
    22
    43
    3.00

    Phil Jones

    A normal name but a special talent. The versatile 18-year-old did more than most to release Arsenal's vice-like grip on the midfield but struggled to get on the ball.

  • Morten-Gamst Pedersen
    29
    50
    3.00

    Morten-Gamst Pedersen

    Spent more time toweling down the ball for his rocket propelled throw-ins than a spin bowler on a wet wicket. The set-piece specialist was at his most effective when the game stopped.

  • Vincenzo Grella
    34
    29
    2.50

    Vincenzo Grella

    Struggled to halt the red-and-white tide and help his team gain a foothold in the midfield battle.

  • El-Hadji Diouf
    30
    64
    3.00

    El-Hadji Diouf

    Like a pesky fly, he is unloved, unpopular and frequently turns up where he is not wanted. Gave Clichy some difficult moments with his trickery and touch in the first half but faded afterwards.

  • Nikola Kalinic
    22
    52
    2.50

    Nikola Kalinic

    Although the lone front man's movement was good, he struggled to provide the velcro touch that Blackburn's long-ball style demands.

Substitutions

  • Martin Olsson
    14
    38
    0.00

    Martin Olsson

    Put in some good crosses.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    6
    38
    2.50

    Steven N'Zonzi

    Some useful touches but did not get any goalscoring opportunities.

  • David Dunn
    11
    28
    3.00

    David Dunn

    His clever feet helped him work a great position late on but Blackburn's top scorer last season will be disappointed with the weak finish.

  • Manuel Almunia
    371
    56
    3.50

    Manuel Almunia

    His shattered confidence will have received a much-needed boost from this display. All but one of his punches snuffed out danger and he dealt capably with the inevitable bombardment into his goalmouth.

  • Gael Clichy
    241
    92
    3.00

    Gael Clichy

    Struggled to deal with El-Hadji Diouf's trickery before the break but settled down, like his defensive colleagues, in the second half. His delivery on the left flank was occasionally sloppy.

  • Thomas Vermaelen
    372
    20
    3.50

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Led the back line with surety and commitment. Dealt capably with everything Rovers threw at him - and a threat in the opposition area at set pieces.

  • Laurent Koscielny
    278
    248
    3.50

    Laurent Koscielny

    Neat, effective and almost invisibly efficient. Perhaps too similar in stature to Vermaelen to be a perfect partner but stood up well to Rover's aerial threat.

  • Bacary Sagna
    484
    17
    3.50

    Bacary Sagna

    Like the Sagna of his first season at Arsenal. Brilliant run and cross for his team's second and some uber-solid defending.

  • A. Diaby
    438
    52
    4.00

    A. Diaby

    When the French beanpole can be this dominant in such a tricky engagement, it makes his inconsistency all the more frustrating. Won the ball, passed it to a colleague and harried Rovers into submission. Now, to put in two good displays on the trot.

  • Alexandre Song
    364
    36
    3.50

    Alexandre Song

    Sported a new bleached, beach bum look but there was nothing lazy about the Cameroonian's protection of the back four. Showed how important he will be on Arsenal's travels this season.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    441
    996
    4.50

    Cesc Fàbregas Top of the Match

    It was like the summer-long romance with Barcelona had never happened. Bright, committed and massively effective in his first start of the season. Magnificent on the ball and a brilliant headed clearance on the line from Nelsen to boot. Substituted in the 68th minute.

  • Theo Walcott
    989
    20
    4.00

    Theo Walcott

    With question marks over his consistency, the right-sided flyer provided the perfect answer with a display full of more cutting edge than a guillotine. Delicious, Michael Owen-esque style finish for Arsenal opener and provided a constant threat in his wing-forward role. Were you watching, Alan Hansen?

  • Robin van Persie
    377
    52
    3.50

    Robin van Persie

    Provided a lovely threaded ball to Walcott for the opener and looked sharp and hungry in his first start of the season before limping off in the 35th minute with a swollen ankle.

  • Andrey Arshavin
    425
    49
    3.50

    Andrey Arshavin

    The enigmatic Russian blew Arctic cold before the break and tropical hot afterwards. Precise finish for his third goal in four games against Blackburn and some sublime touches.

Substitutions

  • Jack Wilshere
    199
    53
    0.00

    Jack Wilshere

    Fluffed his lines when presented with a gilt-edged chance to score Arsenal's third in added time.

  • Tomas Rosicky
    157
    207
    2.50

    Tomas Rosicky

    Arsenal lost some of their pizzazz when the No7 replaced Fabregas in the last quarter.

  • Marouane Chamakh
    149
    383
    2.50

    Marouane Chamakh

    Lacked the speed of thought of many of his colleagues and was occasionally sluggish on the ball. Looks like he needs some time to adjust to the Premier League's unique demands.

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