So Rovers Face Arsenal... Again!
Blackburn Rovers head back to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday for the FA Cup fifth round clash after Arsenal eventually saw of Bolton Wanderers.
After Rovers' highly entertaining UEFA Cup tie in Germany which yielded five goals and plenty of entertainment Bolton and Arsenal replayed their FA Cup fourth round tie and another match of high entertainment and drama eventually saw Arsenal take their place in round five to be our opponents this Saturday lunchtime.
Despite two penalty misses and a Bolton injury time equaliser Arsenal still managed to come through eventual 3-1 victors against a ten man Bolton side after extra time. A trip to the Emirates was looking certain when the match rolled into the second minute of injury time at the end of the ninety when Bolton dramatically equalised to send the match into extra time, all this after Gilberto Silva had blazed a penalty over the bar that would have given Arsenal a 2-0 lead.
During extra time Arsenal and Bolton slugged it out with chances coming and going at both ends but it was Arsenal that eventually broke through as the match neared a conclusion. Bolton then went down to ten men and as they went in search of an equaliser got caught on the break time and time again conceding another penalty again amazingly ballooned over the bar this time by Julio Baptiste! In the dying moments victory was secure after another breakaway this time no mistake was made.
So a return to the Emirates on Saturday lunchtime, the scene of a 6-2 mauling on the eve of Christmas (even though the result doesn't tell the true story) awaits Rovers. Arsenal have to lose at the Emirates sometime, could Saturday be this time...
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