PREMIER LEAGUE: Own-goal nightmare as Arsenal slump at Blackburn

Blackburn twice came from behind to triumph 4-3 over Arsenal at rain swept Ewood Park, helped by two own goals from the visitor’s.
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Blackburn twice came from behind to triumph 4-3 over Arsenal at rain swept Ewood Park, helped by two own goals from the visitor’s.

Blackburn got their first win of the season in a seven goal thriller as not only was it raining goals but also from the heavens as Arsenal’s fragile defence, in their first away game in the league since conceding eight at Manchester United, allowed four goals for the host’s.

The Gunners have now only won once in their last ten away league games and their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign continues.

Yet it started so promisingly when Gervinho gave them an early lead only for Ayegbeni Yakubu to level for Rovers with his first goal for the club.

Back came Arsenal and before the break they restored their lead as Mikel Arteta hit a lovely goal past Paul Robinson. The Gunners continued to dominate but Blackburn still looked dangerous on the counter attack and after half-time their persistence paid off.

The first of Arsenal’s two own-goals arrived just after the restart. Ruben Rochina whipped in a free kick and the ball hit the thigh of Alex Song to trickle over the line, bringing Rovers level.

Steve Kean’s team then took the lead as Yakubu got his second of the afternoon, poking home from close range from Steven Nzonzi’s cross.

Blackburn then gave themselves a two goal cushion as Arsenal again pressed the self destruct button. Martin Olsson sprinted down the right and his cross hit the unfortunate Laurent Koscielny before rebounding into the open net.

Rovers had chances to seal the game but had to endure a nervy last few minutes as Marouane Chamakh headed home Robin Van Persie’s cross.

Theo Walcott almost nicked a leveller at the death but Rovers held on to lift themselves off the bottom of the league and move above Arsenal.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Venue: Ewood Park

Attendance: 22,637

Blackburn scorers: Yakubu 24, 59, Song og, 50, Koscielny og, 69
Arsenal scorers: Gervinho 10, Arteta 34, Chamakh, 84

TRIBAL ASKS: When will Arsene Wenger realise that all great teams have a sound defensive base.

Yellow cards: Djourou (ARS), Dann (BLA), Olsson (BLA)

 

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