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Arsenal vs Blackburn: Team News, Likely Line-ups & Predicted Score

Arsenal welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Emirates this Saturday looking to secure their first win of 2012. Here’s team news, likely line-ups and predicted score.

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Arsenal get their fifth opportunity to pick up their first win of 2012 on Saturday, as they welcome Blackburn Rovers to the Emirates. Three defeats and one draw so far this year. 1 point from 12 and sitting in seventh place in the league. Truly terrible form from the Gunners.

The good news is despite these results, we’re only five points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who play Man Utd on Sunday, so a win over Blackburn is a MUST. But victories over Fulham, Swansea and Bolton were also vital, and we failed on those occasions to pick up the three points.

With Bacary Sagna’s return, i thought we looked pretty good at the back against Bolton and i’m quietly confident our defence will be more solid if we can keep the players fit (that’s a big ‘IF’, i know). Scoring goals has been our problem of late, and i wrote an article on the subject yesterday, check it out when you have a minute.

A home tie against a struggling Blackburn side provides a great opportunity to put things right, but it’s up to the players to take responsibility and put the bloody ball in the net. Too many missed chances have cost us lately.

Team News

Arsene Wenger told this morning that Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a doubt for the game with a knee injury. It’s not thought to be serious but it may well be enough to keep him out the starting eleven. Especially as Wenger hinted he may make changes for the game.

Kieran Gibbs will continue his comeback with an outing for the reserves, so is still short of fitness to make a first team return. Marouanne Chamakh is due back from the African Cup of Nations shortly but won’t take part tomorrow. Other than that, there are no more injury concerns and none of the long-term casualties are due back.

Blackburn will be without defender Chris Samba, with Steve Kean confirming to Sky Sports their captain will not take part despite being fully-fit.

New Blackburn signings Bradley Orr and Marcus Olsson are available and may make their debuts. Top-scorer Yakubu serves his final game of a three-match ban while fellow striker David Goodwille is struggling with (man)flu.

Likely Line-ups

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This isn’t the Arsenal team i think Wenger will necessarily pick, it’s the side i would like to see him pick. Ramsey is simply not performing in the attacking midfield role. It’s not his fault, he’s not a play-maker but is being forced to play there. Time to try something different i think, and Arshavin is more of a threat when he plays in the middle.

The defence picks itself as do Arteta and Song. I hope Chamberlain is fit to start because he deserves a run in the team. Walcott’s inclusion is slightly more contentious as he’s been really poor of late. But he seems to like playing Blackburn and has scored a few against them in recent meetings, so let’s give him another chance.

However, Wenger says he may shuffle the pack from Bolton and my side has only one change. So you may see Rosicky come in as well, probably in place of either Chamberlain or Walcott.

Predicted Score

Time to get our season going. I can only predict an Arsenal win because anything other than that doesn’t bare thinking about. Arsenal 2-0 Blackburn.

Let me know your thoughts for the game in the comments section below…



  1. Moses Abuje

    February 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I think Wenger is is to blame in all failier facing arsenal by assuming he has the best players .

  2. Mohamed Abubakarr Fornah

    February 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Wenger is to blame 4 all the loss of our matches, so if he want to win any game he must drop Ramsey instead of Ashavin.

  3. Tijani babatunde

    February 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Arsene wenger was gambling to play ramsey instead of rosisck blc ramsey look like he was tired in that position pls try to talk to ramsey aw. Tanks.

  4. Promisesamuel

    February 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Yes,i can say it clearly!wenger is d key behind arsenal looses.we av an exprience play maker like rocsiky.why ramsey?

  5. Takuruku Nyamazenga

    February 4, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Le professor is 2 b blame for using Ramsey when the likes of Rosicky,Arshavin and Beyoun are fit.let him keep Ramsey on d bench n try usin Arshavin regulary.ramsey has misd a number of good scoring chances this season, look at d previous match. Up Gunners, keep d faith.

  6. Oscar pentium

    February 4, 2012 at 5:09 am

    Dos blaming ramsey must b new 2 arsenal.remember wat he used 2 do b4 geting injured let b patient wid him as i know he iz a good player

  7. Johannes Gowaseb

    February 4, 2012 at 6:53 am

    We can not all complain bout ramsey is high time we started to sgn same experienc players instead of making them….

  8. tochukwu anderson agubata

    February 4, 2012 at 8:31 am

    arsenal wil be careful on the playing 2day. Coz we av loose 11 points straight forword,so we fanz re nt happy 4 dat hapn pls!

  9. tochukwu anderson agubata

    February 4, 2012 at 8:36 am

    arsenal wil be careful on the playing 2day.we fans re nt hapi

  10. Innocent.Akusinachi 1,

    February 4, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I think is time arsene wenger should leave Arsenal.his taking arsenal as dere family business,I blame wenger 4 our poor result nd performance,why should he keep Rosicky on bench 4 Ramsey.he dose nt want 2 kn hw we d arsenal fan feels.he better b careful

  11. Innocent.Akusinachi 1,

    February 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

    Wenger we Arsenal fans need three point 2day.we dnt want 2 kn hw u wil get it.if u lik keep Rosicky 4 Ramsey.wit or witout wenger,i remain a gunner 4 life.i wish u best of luck

  12. Ahmed

    February 4, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Arsene wenger is the main causes of arsenal problem. If he is not sack, arsenal prob will remain dsame.

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