Arshavin edges Arsenal past Blackburn

Arsenal answered Arsene Wenger’s concerns over coping with Blackburn Rovers physical style with a deserved 2-1 success at Ewood Park.

The Gunners coped well with Blackburn's combative presence as Rovers for their part created chances but in the end their more clinical visitor’s claimed all three points.

Theo Walcott opened the scoring after 20 minutes after a typical well worked Arsenal opening.

But Rovers hit back and levelled almost immediately with a slick move of their own as on loan striker Mame Biram Diouf tapped in from an El-Hadj Diouf pass.

The deciding strike arrived early in the second half when the ball fell kindly to Andrey Arshavin from a Cesc Fabregas shot. The Russian fired home from 12 yards.

Blackburn continued to press and had a couple of optimistic penalty appeals waved away, but equally Arsenal should have sealed the game on the break, Jack Wilshere in particular missing a last minute chance.

Nevertheless Arsenal held out for a hard fought win and a first away victory since March.

Blackburn scorers: Diouf 27
Arsenal scorers: Walcott 20, Arshavin 51

Referee: Chris Foy

Venue: Ewood Park, Blackburn
Attendance: 25,049

01 Robinson
04 Samba
05 Givet (yellow card)
06 Nelsen
27 Salgado
28 Jones
11 Grella (Dunn 56)
12 Pedersen
09 Kalinic (Olsson 65)
10 Diouf
41 Diouf (Nzonzi 81)

13 Bunn,
03 Olsson,
39 Chimbonda,
07 Emerton,
08 Dunn,
15 Nzonzi,
23 Hoilett

01 Almunia
03 Sagna
05 Vermaelen
06 Koscielny
22 Clichy
02 Diaby
04 Fabregas (Rosicky 68)
14 Walcott
17 A Song
23 Arshavin (Wilshere 83)
10 Van Persie (Chamakh 34)

21 Fabianski,
27 Eboue,
28 Gibbs,
07 Rosicky,
19 Wilshere,
11 Vela,
29 Chamakh

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