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Ewood Park (ATT 22,637) 17th September 2011 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: Andre Marriner

Blackburn Blackburn Rovers vs Arsenal Arsenal

Blackburn 4

Yakubu (25, 59)
A Song (og 50)
L Koscielny (og 68)

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Arsenal 3

Gervinho (10)
M Arteta (34)
M Chamakh (85)

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Blackburn v Arsenal preview

Hoilett and Samba available; Ramsey a late call for Arsenal

Last Updated: 16/09/11 4:23pm

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Saturday's early game features a meeting between two sides with just one win between them this season.

Form Guide Blackburn: LLLD Arsenal: DLLW Injuries Blackburn: Dunn, Pedersen, Nelson Arsenal: Diaby, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Wilshere Sky Bet odds: Blackburn 100/30 Draw 5/2 Arsenal 5/6 Jamie Redknapp's Red Hot Tips: Arsenal to win 2-1 - 15/2 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.

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 Ewood Park.

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.

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

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 33 77
2 Manchester City 34 67
3 Arsenal 33 67
4 Manchester United 34 65
5 Liverpool 33 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur 34 58
7 Southampton 34 57
8 Swansea City 34 50
9 Stoke City 34 47
10 Everton 34 44
11 West Ham United 34 44
12 Crystal Palace 34 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 34 37
14 Newcastle United 34 35
15 Aston Villa 34 32
16 Hull City 33 31
17 Leicester City 33 31
18 Sunderland 33 30
19 Queens Park Rangers 34 27
20 Burnley 34 26

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