Blackburn vs Arsenal: Gunners keen to add to Kean’s woes
Blackburn and Arsenal have endured their worst ever starts to a Premier League season, but while Arsene Wenger’s side can see light at the end of the tunnel, Steve Kean’s problems could be about to continue.
The Gunners fans must be sick of hearing about the 8-2 thumping by Manchester United, but last Saturday’s 1-0 win against Swansea and a gritty display in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund in midweek will go some way to silencing their critics.
Rovers, who sit at the bottom of the Premier League, recorded their first point of the season against a Fulham side who had one eye on their Europa League game.
Kean’s side severely lack fire power in front of goal and will have to rely on youngsters David Hoilett and Ruben Rochina, the latter scored his first goal for Rovers against Fulham last week, to be the threat against Arsenal.
Wenger’s men have lacked creativity this season since losing the imaginative pair Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, but they have been replaced by the more experienced Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta.
Despite bright starts to their careers in North London, it remains to be seen how big of a loss Nasri and Fabregas will be over the course of the season.
In spite of Blackburn’s solid form at home last season, their start to this campaign suggest there’s little to fear for the Gunners.
Rovers have also lost nine times in the Premier League at home to Arsenal, more than against any other opponent on their own patch, suggesting a 10/11 away win is good value.
After his penalty miss against Manchester United, Robin van Persie seemed to have lost some of his confidence, however, a sublime finish in Dortmund suggest he’s still one of the most lethal strikers in world football. Van Persie has scored eight goals in ten Premier League games against Blackburn and he’s 4/1 to open the scoring.