Posted on Saturday, 4th February 2012 by Tony Merakli
A hat-trick from Gunners captain Robin van Persie, two from youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and goals from Mikel Arteta and loanee Thierry Henry sealed an emphatic victory which pushed Arsenal from seventh to fifth in the Premier League.
The home side took an 82 second lead thanks to RVP. The Dutchman tapped the ball in from 6-yards after connecting with a low, accurate cross put in by Theo Walcott.
Shortly after Arsenal were back in front. Alex Song played a precise through ball to Theo who then picked out RVP to score his second of the game. Oxlade-Camberlain then got his first of the game after he was fed through by RVP. The 18-year-old ran onto the slide rule pass from the Dutchman, rounded Paul Robinson and slotted the ball home to put the Gunners 3-1 up and in a comfortable lead.
Things went from bad to worse for Rovers after defender Gael Givet was sent off for a two-footed tackle on RVP, effectively ending their hopes of gaining anything from the game.
Six minutes into the second half Arsene Wenger’s side were 4-1 up. Arteta latched on to a loose ball and drilled it low and hard into the bottom left hand corner of Robinson’s goal after Blackburn failed to deal with the initial corner.
Three minutes after Chambo got his second of the game. Walcott set up the youngster having made a darting run into the box and passed it to the unmarked Englishman who then buried it low and hard from around the 14-yard mark. 5-1.
Unfortunately for Steve Kean’s men Arsenal were not done yet.
On the 62nd minute Wenger’s side were 6-1 up after Van Persie turned in a low cross from Francis Coquelin for his 22nd Premier League goal of the season.
Arsenal legend Titi Henry, who came on to replace Chambo in the 67th minute, even got in on the act, upping his goal record for the Gunners. The 34-year-old Frenchman played a lovely one-two with RVP and, even though it took a deflection, scored Arsenal’s final goal of the game.
The result leaves Arsenal temporarily sitting in fifth place, two points behind fourth placed Chelsea, who play Manchester United tomorrow afternoon, and 9 adrift of rivals Tottenham, who travel to Anfield on Monday night.
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Tags: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alex Song, Anthony Modeste, Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, Blackburn, Emirates Stadium, Francis Coquelin, Gael Givet, Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta, Morten Gamst Pederson, Paul Robinson, Robin Van Persie, Steve Kean, Theo Walcott, Thierry Henry
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