Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn: Stunning Upset as It Happened
FA Cup 5th Round—Arsenal vs. Blackburn
Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn
Arsenal: Szczesny; Coquelin, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Monreal; Arteta, Diaby, Rosicky (Wilshere 71'); Gervinho (Walcott 71'), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Cazorla 71'), Giroud
Subs: Mannone, Sagna, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla, Walcott, Podolski
Blackburn: Kean; Orr, Dann, Hanley, Martin Olsson; Pederson, Williamson, Lowe, Markus Olsson (Bentley 64'); Kazim-Richards; Rhodes (Goodwillie 83')
Subs: Usai, Givet, Fabio Nunes, Rekik, Nuno Gomes, Goodwillie, Bentley
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Despite absolutely dominating Blackburn for 90 straight minutes, one moment of luck eliminates Arsenal from the FA Cup and all but eliminates any hope of a trophy coming to the Emirates this season.
I'll be back shortly with five things we learned from this rather incredible upset, and until then I suggest you stick around for analysis from Bleacher Report's team of writers.
Until then, thanks for your company, and I look forward to having you next time. Grab a drink and enjoy your weekend as much as you can if you're an Arsenal fan. Let's see what Bayern does to them on Tuesday.
Jack Wilshere pulled the ball across the box, Giroud somehow hit a defender on the line and Mikel Arteta hits the side netting.
90+2—Sloppily given away by Mikel Arteta; very atypical.
Only a couple opportunities left for Arsenal now.
90'—Four added minutes of time at the end of this game.
90'—Oh dear, Walcott had to score, but Arsenal's luck continues.
Cross found him from 10 yards away, and a powerful header would have scored had he placed it anywhere other than where he did. Incredible.
87'—Cross finds Giroud's head, but he can't make a strong connection with the ball and Kean catches easily.
Still Arsenal attack. It's ceaseless, but a goal won't come.
86'—So tough for Arsenal to break through with 10 Blackburn players behind the ball and swarming toward it at any give time. Have to say I can't see the Gunners scoring at this point.
84'—Just before that substitution, Theo Walcott went down in the box but he had been called for offside, making a penalty award impossible.
A replay revealed he was onside.
David Goodwillie replaces Jordan Rhodes
Sad part is that I'm not even upset about this goal.Kind of been conditioned to this stuff by now.— Arsenalist (@arsenalist) February 16, 2013
80'—Nacho Monreal received a great ball from Jack Wilshere on the left side of the box, almost perpendicular to goal. He can only slice his shot wide, though.
79'—Arsenal attacking again, but no one is able to break down Blackburn's last line of resistance. Arsenal fans imploring their team to get off their behinds.
76'—Free kick for Arsenal on the left side, Jack Wilshere takes and Olivier Giroud can't get out of his own way unopposed from six yards out. Incredible.
For Blackburn! Are you kidding me?
Blackburn counterattacked through Martin Olsson, Szczesny saved, but Kazim-Richards scuffed a bobbling shot that dinked off the post and in. Unbelievable.
71'—Arsenal triple substitution
Jack Wilshere for Tomas Rosicky.
Theo Walcott for Gervinho, and
Santi Cazorla for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Heck of a trio to throw on at once.
70'—Excellent chance for Gervinho on the counterattack, but Blackburn race back to defend well and force a corner.
It's a poor one from Arteta, but after some scrambling Arsenal get the ball back and Abou Diaby laces a shot into Kean's chest.
68'—Oh, Rosicky hits the crossbar, what a chance!
The Czech rifled a shot from the left side that gave Kean no chance and cannoned off the underside of the crossbar. Ensuing attack ends with the ball in the goalkeeper's hands.
Arsenal-Blackburn, one way traffic. Doesn't mean the traffic's moving that fast.— Philippe Auclair (@PhilippeAuclair) February 16, 2013
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