UK time is: 18:07:52
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Arsenal 7 - Blackburn 1

The Emirates

Attendance:

Arsenal Destroy Rovers

In what can only be described as an embarrassing, lack-lustre performance, Blackburn Rovers were humiliated and destroyed by a clinical and creative Arsenal outfit, falling 7-1 at The Emirates

Fielding a near full strength squad, Steve Kean had no excuses.

Robinson

Lowe, Givet, Dann, Olsson

Petrovic, Nzonzi

Gamst, Dunn,Hoillet

Modeste

Rovers were on the back foot from the early stages. A poor clearance from Petrovic saw Theo Walcott burst down the right flank, leaving Olsson to eat his dust. Walcott hit the by-line before cutting across goal for Robin Van Persie to net into the empty goal from 3 yards out. 1-0 Arsenal.

The Gunners continued to pressure in the early stages as Blackburn failed to clean their lines. Repeat corners were on the cards, however Blackburn managed to clear. Despite not venturing into the Gunners half for 30 minutes, Rovers managed to equalise. A long ball was well shielded by Modeste, turning his man before being brought down. Morten Gamst Pedersen stepped up, bending it from 25 yards and into the top corner of the net.... 1-1

Thats where it ended for Rovers as 15 moments of madness ended the game. Alex Song managed to split the Rovers defence with a delightful through ball and it was Dejavu as Walcott cut across for RVP to restore the lead, 2-1 Arsenal. Only minutes later it was 3-1 as RVP found Oxlade-Chamberlain who buried his first in the Premier League.

Gael Givet made matters worse, diving in with a 2 footed challenge earning an early bath as Rovers went into the break 3-1, and a man down.

Whilst it should have been about damage limitation in the second half, the flood gates opened.

Arteta made it a 3rd goal against Rovers this season, a partially cleared corner falling into his path, burying it from 18 yards whilst Walcott continued torturing Olsson down the flank, his cross setting up Oxlade-Chamberlain of this second, 5-1.

It was always going to happen as RVP produced a cool finish to claim his hat trick and when Henry came on, it was party time. Arsenal broke away after the ball was stolen from Hanley, with Henry teeing up RVP who returned the favour, Henry's deflected shot finding the net and sealing a 7-1 Victory to the Gunners

Star Player

The brave, brave Rovers fans who stayed until the very last minute to watch that excuse of a performance

Player Ratings


Paul Robinson 2

Conceded 7 goals. No matter how bad the defence is, you cop part of the blame

Jason Lowe 4

Was taught a lesson by Oxlade-Chamberlain before his injury. Hopefully it is not too bad

Gael Givet-1

Poor challenge, poor performance, gets a 1 for getting out onto the pitch

Scott Dann 5

Probably the best of the back 4, a few challenges preventing the score line exploding even more

Martin Olsson 2

Shown by Theo Walcott that he is not a left back. Out positioned, out paced, out done every single occasion

Radosav Petrovic 4

Gave the ball away too much in midfield, could of worked harder

Steve Nzonzi 6

The only player moving forward and tracking back on every occasion. Nobody to work with

Morten Gamst Pedersen 5

Well taken free kick, not much else

Junior Hoillet 4

Glimpses of his ability, but always tried to take on one too many

David Dunn

Sacrificed for the red card...

Anthony Modeste 6

A solid shift, worked his socks off, looks like he would be much better with a partner in crime




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Sasman! Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday February 5 2012

Time: 12:31AM

Your Comments

Citeh fan hear, no player should be rated as a 1. Rovers fans need to get behind the team and start thinking about coming straight back up again next season.
johnkelv
u clearly didn't see his half of football.also if a city 'fan' claims we r down already then the opposite shud apply,as everyone knows majority of city fans no nothing about football and just pick the richest team available.uv just given everyone on this site a reason to keep goin so thanks for your pearl of wisdom there johnkelv.lost no ground on relegation escape,still 3 points and great escape 2 is still on!!!!
dunn8
honestly not surprised by the heavy defeat. it seems every team has one of those and it's our first one of the season. now that we don't have a goal diff advantage, i really hope rovers can put the defeat behind us and kick on once again. hopefully, we can bring samba back. and it looks like petrovic has returned to his old self and those good performances were a fluke..
DommyWalker
If you have not watched that first half, then you have missed that excuse of a performance. Givet is normally one of our best players, but he was nowhere to be seen for all 3 goals, and a shocking red card....
Sasman!
I just hope Samba watched that and realises that he needs to man up and get himself back on the pitch now that he's going nowhere.
rossp2112
And anyway, why shouldn't a player get a 1? It's a 1 to 10 scale isn't it? That means that a truly awful performance should get a 1. That's the point. And from what I've seen, Givet was lucky to get the 1.
rossp2112
I said after the 7-1 thrashing by Utd last season that the manager should have been sacked on the spot. If our owners had any interest and guts Kean would be sacked today for sending out a team that did not even break sweat to try and prevent the embarrassment and damage to our Premier League survival hopes. Simon Grayson is available.
kevin e
I am lost for words. Seriously.
Mikey Delap
We are rotting fast, somebody stop the rot!
metalrover
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Bournemouth 5 2 1 2 3 7
12. Wigan 5 2 1 2 3 7
13. Brighton 5 2 1 2 1 7
14. Blackburn 5 2 1 2 -2 7
15. Reading 5 2 1 2 -3 7
16. Middlesbrough 5 2 0 3 0 6
17. Rotherham 5 2 0 3 -3 6

Breaking League News

Boss hints at international break relief
Reading : 02/09/2014 16:55:00
RUFC - Gaffer On His Latest Signings
Rotherham : 02/09/2014 15:49:00
Striker happy to arrive
Middlesbrough : 02/09/2014 15:36:00
Winger ready to impress
Middlesbrough : 02/09/2014 15:29:00
Good business for Boro
Middlesbrough : 02/09/2014 15:22:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Blackburn Rovers Man of the Match against Wolves?
Suggested By:  Walker
Robinson 1%
Hanley 0%
Lowe 0%
Henley 0%
Baptiste 0%
Conway (off 89) 0%
Evans 0%
Marshall (off 73) 0%
Cairney 66%
Williamson (off 73) 0%
Rhodes 11%
Substitute: Taylor (on 73) 0%
Substitute: Dunn (on 73) 0%
Substitute: Varney (on 89) 22%