Arsenal routed a poor Blackburn side 7-1 on Saturday. Goals came from Arsenal’s Robin Van Persie (3), Oxlade-Chamberlain (2), Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta, while Morten Gamst Pedersen scored a smashing free-kick for Blackburn.
Robin Van Persie started the scoring for Arsenal and second half sub Thierry Henry finished it. Arsenal go into fifth place in the Barclays Premier League, while Rovers stay in the relegation zone.
It was an ideal start for Arsenal, as Theo Walcott crossed into the area and Robin van Persie scored with ease.
But the Gunners were pegged back and it was all about Morten Gamst Pederson. The midfielder curled the ball superbly over the wall from a free-kick outside the penalty and into the net.
Rovers had another shock win over the Gunners in mind, but then Arsenal took control.,
The second goal was a case of déjà-vu. Walcott crossed and Van Persie scored from close range to make it 3-1 to Arsenal. RVP was on fire for the London Club.
Arsenal made it 3-1 through fine work from Van Persie, who released Oxlade-Chamberlain. The up-and-coming English winger rounded the keeper and scored splendidly. A future England star was already shining.
Then came the moment Blackburnl fans feared, as Gael Givet was given his marching orders. He went in with both feet on Van Persie and it was not a pleasant challenge. Interestingly, the player apologised to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on his way down the tunnel. It looked like a bad tackle, but Van Persie seemed OK.
Arsenal quickly made their man advantage count. Blackburn cleared a Van Persie corner to the edge of the penalty area and Arteta fired the ball into the net to make it 4-1 to Arsenal.
Arsenal got another shortly after when Theo Walcott shimmied across the edge of the area. The winger passed to Oxlade-Chamberlain, who netted for the Gunners.
Robin Van Persie quickly wrapped up hat-trick. Oxlade-Chamberlain played the ball delightfully to Francis Coquelin, who crossed the ball right onto the head of a delighted Van Persie, who netted the ball with ease.
And, just when Arsenal fans were thinking six was enough, Arsenal’s ‘God’, Thierry Henry, shortly netted a few minutes before the final whistle. It was his 288th goal for Arsenal.
That rounded up the scoring, luckily for Blackburn Rovers. A massive win to prove the ‘Arsenal doubters’ wrong.