WTTGT Reporter: Tashan Deniran-Alleyne
BLACKBURN 4-3 ARSENAL
Arsenal lost a thrilling encounter against Blackburn Rovers in the weekend’s early kick-off, with the home team twice coming from behind before eventually taking all three points.
With both clubs suffering from on and off-field problems so far this season, this was a must-win game for both sides. The major team news for Arsenal was they handed Andre Santos a league debut, replacing Kieran Gibbs in defence.
Arsenal started the game confidently and went ahead after 10 minutes when Gervinho scored his first goal for the club, latching onto a pass from Alex Song; but their defensive issues were highlighted minutes later when a Blackburn free-kick found Chris Samba unmarked. He failed to hit the target, Arsenal had been warned.
Up the other end of the pitch, the visitors threatened to extend their lead but Paul Robinson saved from Arshavin and Gervinho, but it was home side, against the run of play, who equalised through Yakubu’s tidy finish. Mikel Arteta then put Arsenal 2-1 up with his first goal for the club, dare I say a Fabregas-esque finish. Gervinho then had a chance to play in van Persie, but he failed to release the ball, as the Gunners finished the half the stronger.
Not too long after the restart, a Song own goal restored parity which seemed to spur the home team on. The goal sparked a crazy ten minute spell which saw them score twice more, though Yakubu looked offside when he grabbed his second and put his team ahead for the first time in the game, then following a swift counter attack Laurent Koscielny turned into his own net to make in 4-2.
Marouane Chamakh gave the Gunners hope five minutes from time as he headed home his first league goal since November, and a frantic finale would follow as Arsenal pushed for an equaliser. And they had two golden chances through Per Mertesacker and Chamakh but both could only head off-target as Blackburn held on to secure an important three points.
How Arsenal managed to lose this game after being in control for the first 45 minutes is beyond belief, more questions for Arsene Wenger to face in the aftermath of this defeat.
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