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So Rovers Face Arsenal... Again!

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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Date:Thursday February 15 2007
Time: 11:58AM


I remain positive most the time and as everyone always does hope for a positive result but do fear this could be a bridge too far for Rovers? Arsenal do have to lose at the Emirates sometime but they are in fine form at present and seem to be able to grind out results against teams when maybe they couldn't in the past. A lot will depend on what team Wenger fields, but even then some of the kids, probably most of them are good enough for most other first teams?!?! Let's just have a go, with the Admiral back we should be tighter at the back and have to think we can do it. Despite the games stacking up if it means we stay in the Cup I would settle for a draw and a return to Ewood for a replay. Should this happen with Arsenal by that time back in full swing Champions League action priorities could switch to that and a top four finish as opposed to FA Cup glory???
Hughes Da Man
15/02/2007 12:02:00
One word HDM - bo****ks! As much As would love to see Rovers turn over the Gooners it is very unllikely to happen! they are a our bogey team! :-( :-(
Ex Ewood Resident
15/02/2007 12:26:00
Don't you have some injuries to contend with aswell?? I don't know about how you lt feel but these tv companies have a lot to answer for. Both our clubs were playing last night (away from home) & now we have the early kick-off on saturday, Why couldn't man utd v reading be the early kick off considering they both had a free week.
Ashburton Gooner
15/02/2007 12:34:00
My english gets worse everytime I come on vital football!! The BBC knew before their tv picks were announced that blackburn/arsenal/bolton all had to play in the midweek. Considering its about 48 hrs rest for each club I hope they don't expect a great game.
Ashburton Gooner
15/02/2007 12:36:00
Missing penalties and Bolton, I recall Rovers missing a couple earlier on in the season (Roberts and McCarthy?) Should be a good game if Blackburn come out to play like they did during the league game at the Emirates. MGP will certainly be a big miss for you guys. No van Persie for us either :D I'm pretty sure most of you don't like that guy!
15/02/2007 12:59:00
I hope that "One word HDM - bo****ks!" Ex Ewood Resident wasn't aimed towards me? Merely towards the fact we have to play the Gooners again? I'm assuming that is the case.
Hughes Da Man
15/02/2007 14:26:00
Yeah we missed two, both saved by Jaaskelainen, but noth poor penalties. You make a VERY good point Ashburton Gooner, so long as they get their audience they don't care do they. They were looking for cover on the off chance they'd have to "settle" just for for a Bolton - Rovers game.
Hughes Da Man
15/02/2007 14:29:00
"Some injuries" could be the understatement of the year. Unless we absolutely rob you i can't see us getting anything from it. Hopefully you'll come into the game "knowing" that you'll beat us. Maybe that way we can snatch something. Unless the entire team plays like Bentley did last night, we're gonna struggle in this. Can't wait for our treatment room to be emptied of in-patients.
Head Rover Heels
15/02/2007 15:27:00
I certainly don't agree with the point about players being too tired shall create a poor game. Quite often in games is when tiredness creeps in mistake are made and a game opens up. Both teams will want to win it on Saturday and not have a replay, so I envisage another great game. If your performance at AG last time is anything to go by it could be a cracker. You are still one of only two teams that have come to our place and genuinly tried to win the match by attempting to outplay us. Fair play to you, I'm looking forward to it.
15/02/2007 15:40:00
hatespur, you make a good point about the game opening up but both teams like to play football. All I can see is players not wanting to run & passes being misplaced due to fatigue. Both teams have important european games the following week so I just don't see a good game happening. Could be wrong though......................I usually am!!
Ashburton Gooner
15/02/2007 15:52:00
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