Blackburn Rovers 0 -4 Arsenal – Match Report
What was billed as a tough awayday in Lancashire ended with a Adebayor hat-trick, an Arsenal win and a debut for Jack Wilshere.
Arsenal started off brightly and it was no surprise that it was England’s hat-trick hero was at the centre of the Arsenal goal. A mazy run, followed by an inch perfect pass found van Persie who allowed the ball to run across his body and slotted the ball past Robinson for Arsenal’s opener.
Arsenal endured a few hairy moments, with Santa Cruz, Reid, Andrews and Emerton all coming close to equalising fro Blackburn. Arsenal’s defence held firm against a persistent Rovers attack, biding their time until Fabregas and company could assert their authority.
Despite Blackburn’s chances, van Persie almost made it 2-0 when after another great Walcott run, he found the Dutchman, whose control was perfect, his shot left Robinson stranded but it was inches wide. The killer blow for Rovers came in stoppage time when following fifty passes, yes fifty, Denilson crossed the ball where Adebayor was lurking at the far post and the Togolese striker made no mistake in getting his league account off the mark.
The second half started with another mazy Walcott run and shot, how confident the young man is playing. He knows when to pass, when to shoot and is no longer fearful of shooting.
Blackburn huffed and puffed to create chnaces, but Arsenal came closest to scoring with Toure’s shot from close up finding Robinson’s leg, then a great strike from Eboue was well saved by the former Tottenham keeper.
The game was over as a contest in the 81st minute when Eboue was brought down by Warnock, the ref pointed to the spot and Adebayor made no mistake, Arsenal’s third and Adebayor’s secodn of the game.
Arsenal’s comfortable win allowed WEnger the luxury of bringing on Ransey and Wilshere, 17 and 16 respectfully for their league debuts.
The scoring was not over, Adebayor scored his third of the day, Ramsey collected the ball in midfield, he looked up, saw Ade in space, slotted the ball through to him who made not mistake.
Line-up: Almunia; Sagna, Galals, Toure, Clichy; Eboue (Ramsey), Denilson, Fabregas, Walcott (Song ); van Persie (Wilshere), Adebayor – subs not used Fabianski, Djourou, Gibbs, Bendtner