Blackburn picked up their first win of the season with a 4-3 victory over Arsenal at Ewood Park. Two goals from Yakubu and own goals from Song and Koscienly meant the Gunners suffered their third defeat of the season.
Arsenal started the game in fine fashion, seemed to be buoyed by a first league win last weekend and a hard earned point in Dortmund during the week. It took them just ten minutes to make their advantage show as Song played a ball through for Gervinho and he slotted past Robinson from an angle. The away side began to dominate and heap the pressure on Steve Kean, who was the subject of a fans protest before the game.
They began to pepper Robinson’s goal but Arshavin and Gervinho were denied by the Rovers ‘keeper. Against the run of play, the home side got back in it. The lively Junior Hoilett slipped in Yakubu and the former Everton man slotted past Szczesny. The goal seemed to turn the tide as it was now Rovers who began to dominate but Mikel Arteta came back to haunt Kean once again. The Spaniard scored a late winner already this season at Ewood Park before he moved to Arsenal and he scored his first for his new club with a well taken finish. Ramsey did well down the right before cutting back for Arteta who found the roof of the net.
As the rain came down, Arsenal sprung forward and Gervinho wasted a chance to double Arsenal’s lead when he delayed giving Dann a chance to get back and block.
Steve Kean would have emphasised at the break the need to put the Arsenal defence under pressure and they got back on level terms straight after the break when a free kick went in off Alex Song. It gave the home side and fans confidence and it showed as they began to control proceedings but were unable to find the killer goal. They did find that fourth goal after a fantastic break as Olsson broke down the right and beat Djourou before pulling back only for Koscienly to put into his own net.
Arsenal huffed and puffed in search of a way back into the game and couldn’t find a way past the Blackburn rear guard with Paul Robinson pulling off some fine saves. They did pull one back thanks to Chamakh’s first league goal since November with a fine header. The goal sparked a frantic last six minutes with the home side desperately defending.
It was a day of players getting their first goal for their new club and Per Mertesacker should have opened his Arsenal account in injury time. Andre Santos sent in a deep cross and the big German rose highest but couldn’t keep his header down when he should have scored. It was Robinson who was Rovers’ hero again as he denied van Persie from close range and then Chamakh and Walcott had opportunities, all this in injury time.
It was a quite remarkable game and the result that Steve Kean so badly needed, a result that Arsenal didn’t want. After some progress in recent games, Wenger’s men seems to have gone backwards again. Final score at Ewood Park, Blackburn Rovers 4-3 Arsenal.