After a joyous few days spent in scouse land, we now travel further north for a traditional difficult away tie. And yet another away game at 5.15.
Everything points to a standard loss, except that we knocked them for six less than a month ago. We’re a third the way through a very difficult month in league and cup competitions. Two games in four days against Liverpool preceded this game, and two derbies against Spurs, and home ties against Manchester United and Bolton follow. Let’s hope for the best.
In Blackburns last six league games, they’ve won four and lost two. One against us and one against Newcastle. The four wins came in a row after their 6-2 beating at the new home of football. It’s a turnaround of sorts, the six games before that, they lost four, drew one and won one. They also impressively beat Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park last weekend in the FA Cup. Their home form this season is patchy, with five wins, two draws and four losses.
We’re in a relative purple patch with six wins from our last seven games in all competitions, scoring 21 goals. Blackburn have scored 24 goals all season. Of course, the game that we didn’t win was away, up north, at 5.15, and on Sky.
Fixture History, Wenger Years
Since the 97/98 season, excluding two seasons they spent in Division 1, we’ve won at Ewood Park five times and lost twice, including a 0-1 last season.
As far as I know there are no new injuries from our dual duel with the scousers.
Adebayor has a good chance of being back in the squad, of course he’ll have to battle with four goal hero Baptista, an in form van Persie, and the best striker in the world for a place in said squad.
Gallas is a possibility to be in the squad, we’ll know for sure on Friday.
Lauren has 'a small toe injury' that was enough to keep him out of the squad on Tuesday. He may regain fitness by the weekend but I expect Eboue will keep his place in the first team squad.
Ljungberg is out, he will be fit for the United game at the earliest. If he’s still an Arsenal player by the end of the month.
Jason Roberts, Ryan Nelson and Peter Enckelman are all long term injuries. Steven Reid is also injured.
Arsene has a near fully fit squad to pick from. I assume Senderos will return to the centre of defense alongside Kolo, and Fabregas will retain his spot in the middle of the park. Unless Wenger was impressed by how Gilberto and Flamini worked as a defensive unit in a tough away game on Saturday. Henry will surely return upfront, alongside one of van Persie, Baptista and Adebayor. All have their uses, van Persie’s in good form, Adebayor was in good form and is more useful in away games such as this, and Baptista just beastified Liverpool and will surely have as much confidence as he’s had for a while.
Almunia, Djoruou/Gallas, Diaby, Walcott, Adebayor/van Persie/Baptista
Bentley is suspended according to the FA’s suspension list. The booking he received against Wigan must have been his fifth of the season.
Should be vaguely correct.