Arsenal 4 Blackburn Rovers 0

By Brian Dawes
Last updated : 14 March 2009
Bendtner for example worked his rocks off, played well throughout and yet missed sitter after sitter. But did he hide? No. Did he give his all and come back for more? Yes. And so the crowd responded by applauding him for his effort and non-stop action, when he was subbed he went off to massive ovation which was richly deserved, instead of slagging him we applauded his effort.

Bolton, sorry Blackburn were just the sort of filth you'd expect a Walrus headed side to be and Phil Dowd could have booked far more than the four he did book. It looked to me like Theo should have had a penalty when flattened by Warnock. Diouf could quite easily have had a red instead of a yellow when he kicked Almunia and did more than enough to earn a second yellow on numerous occasions. The lads did well not to get involved in Blackburn's antics which you can only hope will see them relegated, ideally three divisions in as many seasons.

Arshavin played a big part in our first, and for a change early goal, scored after just a couple of minutes. It was quite rightly credited as an own goal as Shava's shot from Walcott's cross was going wide. Bendtner also played a major part in the build up. One free kick from Samir hit the bar and shortly after he had a decent shot saved well.

Our second had to wait till about twenty minutes into the second half but it was well worth the wait. Shava scored a goal that will have the panel creaming themselves on tonight's highlights programmes. He was on the left almost on the goal line but managed to wiggle his way through a space no bigger than a keyhole before unleashing a rocket from the narrowest of angles which almost tore the net. A brilliant goal and I'm quite sure the first of very many more.

Blackburn's scummy tactics which included, both kicking and treading on the keeper, plenty of elbows, shirt tugging by the yard, feet left in all over the place, long throws and pathetic diving in the box were there to sum up Fat Sam for what he is. Namely a total fecking (insert your own choice of word here).

The closing two goals followed a few gazillion misses, mainly by Nick whose touch in front of goal was truly awful. But like I said the crowd responded in the correct way because he was really giving his all.

Song was great in midfield - it is almost like someone has thrown a switch which has resulted in him now believing in himself. He was here there and everywhere, winning bucket loads of tackles and distributing with confidence. Djourou and Kolo, who was also immense snuffed out any threat that Blackburn might, but failed to make. Shava is getting the hang of the Premiership. Theo is brimming with the confidence of a man destined to be a footballer of the year some time in the not too distant future. But the shock horror exclusive was Ebooue.

Our number 27 got himself a seven minute cameo during which he followed up on a Shava rocket which he tapped home from about a yard. A distance from which he appears to be lethal. When Carlos, another substitute, was hauled down for a penalty Ebooue grabbed the ball. Shava wanted it but for whatever reason Ebooue had decided this was his chance. It was hard not to close my eyes but Ebooue was for once cool, calm, collected, accurate and powerful. 4-0 against a crude outfit not worthy of our division and one which with any luck we won't see at our stadium next season.

One of the other major pluses today was of course improving our goal difference to that of Villa's. Add this to players coming back, team spirit returning and biggest of all the team are back on course and starting to play at the business end of the season. There is still time to really push on and enjoy this season. The only thing missing from today's match was the pleasure of seeing the spitting scumbag get his just deserts. Our four goals could and should have been eight but I've done with complaining. Like the team I'm just up for it. Bring on Hull.

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