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FULL-TIME: Blackburn Rovers 4 Arsenal 3
Blackburn Rovers earn their first win of the season after a hard-fought match against a visiting Arsenal ends four goals to three.
Coming into the second half a changed side, Rovers were helped by two own goals but that’s not to take away from what has definitely been their best performance of the season so far.
The first half saw a dominant Arsenal keeping Rovers pressed into their own half with very few attacking responses from the home side.
Exploiting weaknesses on the wings the Gunners threatened to score early on with both Gervinho and Arshavin proving difficult to contain.
It wasn’t long before the visiting side opened the scoring after a through ball from Alex Song was struck home by Gervinho in the ninth minute.
Andrey Arshavin almost had another shortly after when he broke through the defence, but not before Robinson got to the ball first.
However, Rovers responded in the twenty-fifth with a debut goal from new signing Yakubu to take the score level.
Unfortunately the score didn’t stay level for long when Ramsay made a break down the wing to get past a struggling Givet. Reaching the box he played a back pass into the centre where it found Arteta who fired a venomous shot to the back of the net making it 2-1.
After the break Rovers were a changed team, getting more men forward with strong counter-attacks.
Whilst Givet still looked weak at times the home side were fighting back as they saw few of their attacks sputtering out around the box like in the first half.
The home side were helped to bring the core to 2-2 after an own goal from Song off a free-kick from Rochina five minutes into the second half.
Rochina was looking dangerous early on after he slipped through the Arsenal centre-backs only to hit his shot right at Szczesny. However, Kean soon switched him for Martin Olsson.
Yakubu was certainly being fed on his debut at Ewood Park after he took Rovers into the lead fifty-nine minutes in after a ball from Steven Nzonzi.
Play picked up as both sides fought for dominance but with Rovers now playing with a lot more pace things were definitely going their way.
A second own goal, this time from Koscielny in the sixty-seventh minute gave Rovers a two goal lead after a blistering run into the box from substitute Olsson.
The home side held strong for the closing minutes as Arsenal looked o regain the upper hand but again Rovers were quick to break on the counterattack.
A free kick from Santos in the eighty-second minute found the head of Van Persie but Robinson made a critical save managing to tip it over the bar.
The Gunners weren’t going down without a fight and they finally managed to pull the score back to 4-3 after a cross from Van Persie was met by the head of substitute Marouanne Chamakh with six minutes to go.
Rovers battled to retain their advantage as the clock ticked down with every man pulling back to defend whilst still finding chances to break forward.
With four added minutes on the clock tension was rife as Arsenal tried to level. The away side almost had it after a header from Mertesacker brushed over the bar whilst a minute later Robinson came out to make a last-ditch save.
In what has been a challenging match, Rovers deservedly earn their first win of the season, with double goalscorer Yakubu earning man of the match.