The Premier League is back at long last, it has seemed like an eternity since we put the Newcastle to the sword. At that point Kevin Keegan was in charge, Arsenal supporters were looking forward to the transfer window deadline, Manchester City were a normal average football club.
This is how long it has been since we last played a game.
So we head to Ewood park to take on Paul Ince's Blackburn Rovers who have had a stuttering start to the 2008-2009 season. Blackburn's opening victory against Everton at Goodison Park was the perfect start for Paul Ince's debut as a Premier League manager. Since then Blackburn have lost 4-1 to West Ham, drawn 1-1 with Hull and beaten Grimsby in the Carling Cup.
Arsenal gained 4 points from Blackburn last season, David Dunn equalised late on at Ewood park when Jens Lehmann effectively played his last game as first choice goalkeeper.
Arsenal beat Blackburn 2-0 on Monday 11th February 2008 to go 5 points clear. Senderos and Adebayor scored the goals before the end of season collapse.
Arsenal's younger team beat Blackburn 3-2 at Ewood Park in the Carling Cup. Eduardo showed what a good finisher he was.
Arsenal have a very good record against Blackburn in League matches. Arsenal have 47 wins against Blackburn Rovers 24 with 29 matches ending as draws.
Team NewsArsenal have a fresh Emmanuel Adebayor who refused to fly with his Togolaise team mates for their match against Zambia on Wednesday due to fears for his safety. Arsene Wenger should be chuffed to have his leading forward fresh to lead the line against the likes of Christopher Samba.
Theo Walcott will be looking to transfer International goalscoring form to club football following a devastating hat trick in Zargreb against Croatia. I think Wenger may want to rest him after playing two games for Engand. Emmanuel Eboue who made an impressive start against Newcastle may have the chance to continue.
Gallas, Toure and Djourou all played 90 minutes so Wenger will have to decide if he wants to play a fresh Alex Song and rest another.
Sami Nasri will be assessed for a knee injury that kept him out of the French game in midweek. Mikael Silvestre will probably have to wait a little longer for his Arsenal debut due to a 'minor setback'
Arsene Wenger rules out Carlos Vela after his long distance travelling for Mexico which is a shame after his superb cameo role against Newcastle.
Arsenal still have Eduardo Da Silva, Abou Diaby, Tomas Rosicky and Bischoff all sidelined,
Blackburn have Roque Santa Cruz fit and available to take part in this game but Andre Ooijer who limped out of the Holland game is a major doubt for the match on Saturday.
Steven Reid is fit after a knee problem after playing a key role for the Republic of Ireland.
Predicted Arsenal Line Up
Mean Lean Prediction
Blackburn 0 Arsenal 2 (Van Persie, Adebayor)
I expect a tough approach from Blackburn as usual but I expect Arsenal to handle themselves pretty well against the physical approach, we will dictate the play and score goals in each half. I have gone for Van Persie as his confidence is sky high due to a great double against Newcastle. It is about time Adebayor opened his account and Blackburn away is one of those tricky grounds where he manages to find a goal.