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Blackburn Rovers vs. Arsenal

Ewood Park

Saturday 13th January 2007

17:15

On Sky

Blackburn V Arsenal

Arsenal go up North again on Saturday looking to continue their recent run of good results. The Gunners have scored thirteen goals in their last four games, including 6 in the League Cup at Anfield on Tuesday.

Arsenal`s form has been inconsistent at best this season, with defeats at Fulham, Bolton and Sheffield United among the worst of them. It was feared by some Gooners that Arsenal`s season would fall apart after the dismal performance at Brammel Lane but that has not been the case.

A 4-0 victory at home over Charlton in the Premiership along with 3-1 and 6-3 victories over Liverpool in the FA Cup and League cup respectively has given Arsenal fans a reason to believe again.

Vital Quotes:

Le Boss on the sort of game Arsenal can expect when they travel to Blackburn: 'They are still very committed. You do not expect to go up there on the motorway with nobody on the road. It will be congested but we are prepared for that, we know what we will meet.

'But Blackburn are also a side which plays good football. You cannot play Tugay in your team and not play football. They have good players - Bentley, Savage, Pedersen, Tugay, McCarthy, Nonda - they all try to play.

"You expect commitment because that's normal for the Premier League but you expect as well quality in their game.'

Blackburn manager Mark Hughes: 'Arsenal are in fantastic form and they are a fantastic side whoever they pick.

'But we had a great result against them last season (they won 1-0) and I think they have a healthy respect for us.'

Blackburn Rovers Team News:

Benni McCarthy, Robbie Savage, Brett Emerton and Shabani Nonda all return from injuries while Lucas Neil returns from a suspension.

David Bentley will serve a suspension.

Player to watch: Benni McCarthy:

The former Porto striker has reproduced the goals that fired Porto to Champions League glory 3 seasons ago.

He is Blackburn's top scorer this season so Toure and Co will have to be on red alert to stop him.

Arsenal Team News:

Abou Diaby and Manu Adebayor return to the squad. Ljungberg, Gallas, Lauren and Eboue are all injured.

Alidiere and The Beast are both pushing for a starting role after both impressed against Liverpool in midweek.

Player to watch: Thierry Henry

The return of Le God couldn't have come at a better time for Arseanl with fixture congestion, the Champions League coming up and injuries to other strikers.

He has looked as sharp as ever after his rest 2 goals in 2 games since he returned and I expect a goal or 2 on Saturday.

Previous Meeting:

It was a game to behold last time these 2 teams met. Blackburn took an early lead through a Nonda penalty but The Arsenal came back to smash Blackburn 6-2.




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 12 2007

Time: 8:57PM

Your Comments

******* engineering works, I've got to get up at frigging 5.30am. Arsenal, make it worth my while, or else (shakes fist).
Little Dutch
Ouch. That's not going to be much fun. You'll be pleased to know I think we'll lose 1-0 then. :P
simmy8_2000
Poor you!! I have to get up at that time every time I go to a home game!! :P
Rocky7
Now that is just funny. :D That'll learn ya for living too far away.
simmy8_2000
Come on Blackburn!
HATEtheGOONS
Hey HTG is back. Just think, we'll only have to put up with his crap till Newcastle beat them on Sunday then we won't see him again for a week!!
Rocky7
hey rocky have you ever considered moving to north london?its where the funs at!!!
fran merida
hey htg have you ever considered.........i cant be bothered to even say it,coz your not worth it.
fran merida
Team spirit soaring!, putting a stop to conceding a goal in the first 10 minutes!, will I be made to look a total cock for predicting a 2-0 win? (when its gonna b 3-0!)
nikolaijns
for the first time in the last two three years, i have a good feeling about playing at blackburn. i think it will be a good game of football, one with very few chances, but blackburn will try to play as well..
luckys_10
i doubt we will have another 6-2, but i hope we can get afew goals here and 3pts.
PUREGOLD
Agree. 3 points will do.
HK_Gunner
Im expecting/hoping that we do indeed give you a good game and maybe we can avenge the mauling before Christmas by taking the three points today. Good luck to all
roversman
The Gunners should win this one with room to spare
sbrjack
MOTHER OF GOD...THAT SECOND GOAL. HENRY DIDNT EVEN LOOK UP AT GOAL. IM IN LOVE WITH FABREGAS
mish
Awesome result.
HK_Gunner
what a brilliant performance... "10 men, we've only 10 men, we've only got ten men!"
G4L
And they play as if they have 11 on the field.
HK_Gunner
HTG Hail The Gunners!
iceman10
ok i said a few goals, i meant a couple :P gr8 win 2-0, savage is a disgrace, and emerton for that fact too.
PUREGOLD
 

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