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Arsenal Destroy Rovers

7 - 1

The Emirates



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.


Lowe, Givet, Dann, Olsson

Petrovic, Nzonzi

Gamst, Dunn,Hoillet


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

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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

Date:Sunday February 5 2012
Time: 12:31AM

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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.
05/02/2012 00:45:00
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!!!!
05/02/2012 02:13:00
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..
05/02/2012 03:03:00
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....
05/02/2012 04:59:00
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.
05/02/2012 09:18:00
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.
05/02/2012 09:33:00
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
05/02/2012 09:56:00
I am lost for words. Seriously.
Mikey Delap
06/02/2012 11:06:00
We are rotting fast, somebody stop the rot!
06/02/2012 16:22:00
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