Last Updated at 3:02 pm, February 4th 2012
Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1. The Gunners ease to the most comfortable of victories. Van Persie was the star of the show as he netted a hat-trick and Arsene Wenger will be hoping that this result can reignite a top-four push. Blackburn, meanwhile, could be in all sorts of trouble.
GOAL ARSENAL - HENRY. A fitting end to proceedings as Henry nets his first Premier League goal since returning to Arsenal. Hanley is caught on the ball and Henry exchanges passes with Van Persie before seeing a rolled effort flick off Dann and past Robinson.
Vermaelen is booked for coming through the back of Modeste.
Final change for Arsenal sees Benayoun come on in place of Song.
Henry on in place of the impressive Oxlade-Chamberlain. Koscielny makes way for Sagna.
GOAL ARSENAL - VAN PERSIE. Hat-trick for Arsenal's skipper. Oxlade-Chamberlain involved again as he switches the play to Coquelin. His low cross to the front post is turned home by Van Persie.
GOAL ARSENAL - OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN. The goals continue to flow for Arsenal. Walcott leads a counter, cutting past three defenders and into the box. He feeds the ball into Oxlade-Chamberlain and he fires low into the bottom corner past a flat-footed Robinson.
GOAL ARSENAL - ARTETA. Blackburn only half-clear the corner and the ball drops kindly for Arteta on the edge of the box. His crisp shot fizzes into the bottom corner.
Jack says: "Great first half, need to keep momentum... A fresh pair of legs, Get Park On!!!! Rosicky Off!"
Richard Bucky says: "I think the game will finish 4-1, Van Persie hat trick and Arsenal might take the points! I hope they go for more!"
You can also bet in-play at skybet.com. Arsenal are now 1/1000 to take the points, with Blackburn 500/1 and the draw 66/1. You can get 9/2 on Arsenal to win 6/1.
Arsenal 3 Blackburn 1. The Gunners got off to a flying start and have enjoyed a productive opening 45 minutes. Rovers were able to haul themselves level briefly, but Givet's dismissal has left them with a mountain to climb.
Olsson was apparently booked for a high challenge on Rosicky prior to Arsenal netting their third of the afternoon.
Dunn is sacrificed as Hanley is brought on into Blackburn's back four.
Things go from bad to worse for Blackburn as Givet is shown a straight red card. He lunged into a two-footed tackle on Van Persie and can have few complaints.
GOAL ARSENAL - OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN. Another flowing move from Arsenal ends up with the ball in the back of the net. A great run from Oxlade-Chamberlain is picked out by Van Persie and he keeps his composure to round Robinson and roll into an empty net.
GOAL ARSENAL - VAN PERSIE. Arsenal edge back in front as Walcott and Van Persie combine again. Song rolls a perfect pass into the path of Walcott and he cuts the ball back for Van Persie to sweep home from close range.
Lowe has been forced to make way for Orr.
GOAL BLACKBURN - PEDERSEN. Brilliant free-kick from Pedersen. He gets the ball up and over the wall and arrowing towards the top corner. Szczesny gets a hand to his effort but can't keep it out. Rovers level things up.
Nzonzi cautioned for diving into a challenge on Rosicky. He caught the Arsenal man on the ankle.
Modeste is cautioned for sliding into Szczesny. Seems harsh as he had every right to go for the ball.
GOAL ARSENAL - VAN PERSIE. Perfect start for the Gunners. Blackburn fail to clear their lines and Walcott bursts to the dead-ball line. Van Persie is left all alone in the midfield to tap his low cross into an empty net.
Jack is concerned by Arsenal's team selection. He says: "Why has he left Ramsey out! Rosicky Isn't as visually minded as the Welshman! Not to forget... He hasn't scored in forever!"
Horace Horlicks thinks we could end up goalless today. He says: "Happy New Year! I think this will be a 0-0 draw. Blackburn record against top teams away is very good."
Anthoney Lee is looking for Arsenal to put on a show this afternoon and appease their disgruntled supporters. He says: "I'm hoping for a good old fashioned Arsenal 6-0 victory, ain't seen one for a while."
Yusuf Razak thinks things will be a little easier for the Gunners. He says: "Arsenal will win today 3-0 Chamberlain, and Van Persie with a brace."
Ahsan Hamid is another expecting Blackburn to give Arsenal a tough test today. He says: "Arsenal are going to have to grind out a result today. Arsenal really need to catch up now on Chelsea for that 4th spot, but more importantly the fans really need to get behind the team throughout the full 90 mins. Walcott needs to pull his socks up and really get a goal."
Ross Arthur thinks we are in for a tight encounter. He says: "I can see this being a tough game looking at Blackburn's current form! I fancy Arsenal to sneak it 1-0 with road runner Walcott scoring!"
Dave Massey is less than optimistic regarding Blackburn's chances of netting this afternoon. He says: "We had 26 shots at goal at home to Newcastle and scored none so what chance have we got at Aresnal? How many shots will we need to get a goal this week?"
Adam Gore is also backing the hosts to prevail. He says:" I think it's time for Arsenal to get back to winning ways in the PL today, so I'm going for a comfortable 2-0 win for the Gunners. RVP is bound to get one and I'll go for Ramsey to get a rare goal for us today."
Chris Smalley is backing the Gunners to take the points this afternoon. He says: "I can only see this going one way Arsenal will score heavily today!!! Should be good to watch."
You can also bet in-play throughout the game at skybet.com. Arsenal are strong favourites prior to kick off at 2/7, with Blackburn 9/1 and the draw 9/2. You can get 2/1 on Robin van Persie to open the scoring, or maybe you fancy Anthony Modeste at 16/1.
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