Blackburn Rovers - Arsenal 17-08-11 (SKY SPORTS 2)

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Match Preview
Saturday's early game features a meeting between two sides with just one win between them this season.
Arsenal's first victory of the campaign came at home to Swansea last weekend, while Blackburn claimed their only point of the season at Fulham last week.
There are plenty of similarities between the two sides' form, with Rovers winning just once in nine Premier League home games and the Gunners holding the same record on the road.
There will be increased scrutiny on Blackburn manager Steve Kean this weekend, with planned protests potentially taking place at EwoodPark.
The club's owners, Venky's, have this week urged supporters to refrain from showing they are disappointed and want fans to 'lend their full support to the team'.
Before last week's trip to Craven Cottage, the Lancashire club had lost all three top-flight games - an early run of form that has seen them sink to the bottom of the Premier League.
Arsene Wenger's team go into the clash on the back of a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Borussia Dortmund in midweek.

Team News
For Blackburn, Junior Hoilett and Chris Samba both suffered injuries in the draw at Fulham but are expected to be fit for the visit of Arsenal.
Hoilett left the pitch with concussion after a collision with Mark Schwarzer while Samba was substituted with a back problem.
There are more pressing doubts over the fitness of trio David Dunn (calf), Ryan Nelson (knee) and Morten Gamst Pedersen (thigh) who will all undergo late calls regarding their availability for the game.
Arsenal have Gervinho and Alex Song available again after both completed suspensions.
Meanwhile, Abou Diaby (knee) and Sebastien Squillaci (calf) will definitely miss the game as will Thomas Vermaelen and Jack Wilshere who have ankle injuries.
Aaron Ramsey has a chance of playing even though he missed the draw in Germany on Tuesday.

Form Guide
Blackburn:
LLLD
Arsenal: DLLW


Opta stat:
Rovers have lost nine times in the Premier League at home to Arsenal, more than against any other opponent on their own patch


Possible starting XIs:

Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Dann, Samba, Givet, N'Zonzi, Dunn, Rochina, Formica, Hoilett, Goodwillie

Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Arteta, Walcott, Benayoun, Gervino, van Persie

Thoughts? Going for 4-0 Arsenal :)
 
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Quasit

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This wont be the 100 away loss.

I think Arsenal will win this. 0-1, 1-2 maybe even 1-3 if they do well.
 

Frank

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I'll go 2-1 Arsenal. Think we'll score early, and then let them into the game, before scoring again in the second half.


RVP and the Tree :)
 

Calum

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MATCH FACTS - Head-to-head

•Arsenal have won 57 and Blackburn 29 of the 117 previous matches between these clubs.
•The Gunners have won seven of their last 10 games against Rovers. These have included two 6-2 victories and two 4-0 wins.
Blackburn

•Bottom of the table Rovers are without a league win this season and have failed to score in their last two matches.
•They have lost both their two home games so far this term.
•Spanning last season, they have won only one of their last nine home matches.
Arsenal

•Arsenal have failed to score in two of their four league matches this season.
•A defeat for the Gunners would be the club's 100th away loss in the Premier League​
 

Calum

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My Arsenal Team

Szczesny
Sagna Mertesacker Koscielny Gibbs
Song Arteta Ramsey
Gervinho RvP Walcott
 

Ben

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Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal to go ahead early, Blackburn to equalise quite early in the second half and Arsenal to score late on.

Gervinho '12
Formica '57
Koscielny '87
 
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