Blackburn welcome Arsenal to Ewood Park this weekend, buoyed by putting their first Barclays Premier League point on the board after a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Fulham on Sunday.
Rovers are already being tipped for the drop but Steve Kean will have gained heart from a solid away showing at Craven Cottage and they will be looking to heap the pressure on Arsene Wenger this Saturday.
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The Gunners boss has felt the strain – much like Kean – after a tough start to the campaign and many thought he may leave the North London club in the aftermath of that 8-2 shocker at Manchester United.
But they picked up their first win of the season at the weekend – even if it was only a 1-0 victory at home to newly-promoted Swansea – and with the quality at their disposal, the Arsenal faithful will be confident they can make the long trip back from Lancashire with all three points safely tucked away.
Mikel Arteta looks to have settled into the midfield nicely and with fellow new addition Per Mertesacker standing tall in the heart of the defence, the Gunners’ spine has a much more solid look about it.
In team news, Blackburn’s Junior Hoilett is a major doubt after a sickening collision with Mark Schwarzer on Sunday and the mere fact that he was knocked unconscious means Rovers chief Kean will surely have to think about a replacement.
For Arsenal, England starlet Jack Wilshere is still on the sidelines with an ankle problem and the fitness of Aaron Ramsey is also a concern for Wenger, with the young Welsh midfielder missing the midweek Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund, again with an ankle complaint.
But with Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Alex Song and Emmanuel Frimpong all central midfield options, the Emirates Stadium club should still have too much class for their hosts in this Saturday’s 12:45 kick-off.