Report: Arsenal 6-2 Blackburn
Wenger’s 13th anniversary was celebrated with a football classic which saw six different brilliant scorers in a 6-2 rout of Blackburn.
This had been the fitting fixture to Arsene’s special day and the sort of performance his boys produced matched the philosophy he has guided so well in his reign; making the difference with precise attacking rather than defending, since outscoring the opponent matters most.
Former Gunner Thierry Henry chose today to make his Emirates Stadium reunion, and after receiving a darling’s reception from the crowd, he would be treated to an event exceeding what he had bargained for.
Eboue out for Sagna was the only change in Wenger’s line-up and with everyone in anniversary mood, you sensed it had to be one of those flawless contests for Arsenal.
But Rovers only took four minutes to announce they were definitely against that perfect script.
Paul Robinson punted a long free kick from his territory into Arsenal’s, Steven Nzonzi somehow won a deep header over the often alert Vermaelen and Vito Mannone was beaten with a chip.
Arsenal then began an onslaught as expected and with Blackburn determined to keep door shut for a ‘hit and run’ victory, it could have been one of those days had Vermaelen not stepped up exceptionally.
Like his second against Wigan in Arsenal’s last home game, the Belgian surged from defense, collected a pass and whipped a curler home from about 30-yards-out.
Arsenal had given a firm response, but there were more questions to come from Allardyce’s men.
The visitors counter-attacked in the 31st minute, David Dunn met Gallas one-on-one just on the edge of area and he managed to force a wicked deflection from Arsenal’s defender to leave Mannone stranded.
After having to level matters earlier on, Arsenal certainly knew how to bounce back again and they did so in immediate fashion as Fabregas found Van Persie on his way into the box. The Dutchman’s finish was as clever as the pass he received.
Fabregas turned provider again in a similar move on 37 minutes; this time teeing up Arshavin who gave Arsenal the lead for once with aplomb.
There was one man who had done nothing else but the job of a midfield maestro today and after twice being denied yet another sharp pass from just outside the box in the 57th minute, Fabregas rebounded possession with a left-footed rocket which caught Robinson – and almost everyone around – by surprise.
Then came the substitution of the day as Rosicky was replaced by Walcott who had been missing all season due to injury. And after a slick counter-attack spearheaded by Arshavin and assisted by Fabregas, Walcott marked his return with a dream finish to make it 5-2.
Talking of dream finishes, Nicklas Bendtner also had one in him since the expert Thierry Henry was watching. The young Dane controlled a long ball on the left, weaved his way from 20-yards out and lashed home a ferocious effort.
That was that. Football at its absolute best!
what game 2day loved every min of it,ramsey was outstanding when he came on,surely diaby out ramsey in
great game today. That was the first game I have ever seen where we came back after letting up leads. It was a different team out there today and one that I like. We have to be one of the most feared teams out there.
Verm’s goal was sweet but Nicky B’s was great..an absolute cracka!
Seriously, lets put Vermalean up top. He can strike it! And head it!
Fabregas’s goal was the best. Really proud of how we kept playing our game no matter the score.
Next Victim: AZ Alkmaar
I still don’t understand if Vermaelen came to replace Toure or Adebayor. Maybe both at the time.
And Cesc… nothing new. The best midfielder in the premier league
Loved it when Cesc kissed the badge of The Arsenal after scoring. During the post match interview, Cesc mentioned he purposefully did that to show to some fans about his loyalty and love for the club.He was rather upset about some fans who always question his loyalty. A truly great performance from our captain with 4 assists and a goal. No wonder he’s The Man of The Match. As for Vermaelen, he indeed has a striker’s feet.
I love how we were put in the exact same situation as man united was yesterday (going down twice at home to a midtable team) and we totally destroyed the opposition while they got a draw off an own goal in the last minute…to steal one of wenger’s favorite lines…this team has character
well,dont waht to say either. if vermaelen was replacing toure or adebayor. whatever the case, this guy is great. wenger knew very well why he let toure go. there is no way he ws going to res vermaelen for toure. good signing. just need someone for song when he goes for the african cap of nations.
hey randy how come u are never on the chat on matchday?????????????????
Sorry bro, I had a major Sunday duty as you might guess.
But it’s not like I’m “never” in the chat room on matchdays. Come on, I made it against Fulham 😛
Fcuk Barca ….Cesc is going no where!!!!
though bendter muffed a nice 1-1 chance, i thought his later goal was a real cracker. i still have hope for the boy!
and pounding the crap out of decent, but mid-bottom table sides like blackburn give me much confidence in the gunners going forward. faith people! (and clearly, cesc is THE man.)
Six different players scored and each goal is scored with distinct style. Way to go, boys!!
I’m not sure that bendtner could score in 1 on 1 chance to save his life…but it was nice to see him show another dimension of his game with his long range goal. The past 2 season he has started a bit slow and then he gets hot towards the middle to later half of the season. When he gets more consistent he is going to be top notch
“I’m not sure that bendtner could score in 1 on 1 chance to save his life…”