Blackburn vs. Arsenal: The Game in Pictures

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterSeptember 17, 2011

Blackburn vs. Arsenal: The Game in Pictures

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    Blackburn Rovers defeated Arsenal 4-3 at Ewood Park on Saturday in English Premier League action. Rovers erased two deficits to hand Arsenal its third defeat in five league matches this season.

    Arsenal led 1-0 and 2-1 but allowed two own goals. The Gunners have now collected only four-points through five league matches.

    Blackburn, which also has four-points through five matches, now leads Arsenal in the table on goal differential.

    Gervinho opened the scoring in the 10th minute with his first Arsenal goal, but Yakubu equalized for Blackburn 14 minutes later.

    Mikel Arteta opened his Arsenal account with a 34th-minute goal after a sweeping move to give Arsenal a 2-1 lead at halftime.

    Everything went wrong for Arsenal from there.

    Alex Song scored his own goal against a Blackburn set piece early in the second half to make it 2-2. Blackburn then took the lead through another set piece, with Yakubu scoring his second goal after Rovers worked a corner.

    Laurent Koscielny scored another own goal to make it 4-2 after a Blackburn counter-attack. Arsenal pulled one back through Marouane Chamakh, who scored his first league goal since last November.

    Arsenal had plenty of chances to grab a late equalizer but couldn't beat Rovers keeper Paul Robinson.

    The loss put Arsenal temporarily in 15th place pending the day's other matches. The Gunners will try to get back on track when they host Bolton Wanderers next Saturday in league play. Blackburn will travel to Newcastle United the same day.

Gervinho Opens His Account

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    Ivory Coast international Gervinho scored his first Arsenal goal in the 10th minute, catching up to an Alex Song through ball before shooting low to the far post.

Yakubu Scores Two

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    Yakubu scored twice in Blackburn's victory. His first made it 1-1 in the 24th minute.

    His second, which replays later showed to be offside, gave Blackburn a 3-2 lead in the 58th minute.

Arteta Gets His First Arsenal Goal

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    Mikel Arteta, who joined Arsenal from Everton on transfer deadline day, scored his first Arsenal goal in the 34th minute after a sweeping move.

    It was his second goal of the season at Ewood Park after he scored the winner for Everton there last month.

Arsenal's Self-Destruction

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    Arsenal actually scored five goals Saturday. Three came at the Blackburn end, and two came on its own goal.

    Alex Song scored for Blackburn in the 49th minute, making the score 2-2. Laurent Koscielny added another for the Rovers in the 68th, making it 4-2.

Robinson Shines for Rovers

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    Blackburn keeper Paul Robinson made a string of saves on Arsenal in the closing minutes, keeping out efforts by Robin van Persie and Marouane Chamakh.

    Robinson finished with six saves.

Chamakh Heads a Goal

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    Marouane Chamakh scored his first league goal since last November, a powerful header to the far post in the 85th minute to give Arsenal hope.

Kean Gets More Time

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    Blackburn boss Steve Kean entered the match under intense pressure after Rovers had collected just one point from their first four matches.

    The win over Arsenal will no doubt relieve some of that pressure.