Arsene Wenger’s first ever game in charge of Arsenal was a 2-0 win against Blackburn at Ewood Park; the same scoreline would be welcomed with opened arms if it was to occur tomorrow.
Blackburn have registered one league win in five seasons against the Gunners side, and lost eight of the 10 fixtures. Morten Gamst Pedersen scored in the only victory; 1-0 on 25 February 2006 at Ewood Park.
If Emmanuel Adebayor scored tomorrow, he is a hat-trick shy of 50 goals for Arsenal.
If selected, Ivorian defender Kolo Toure will be making his 200th Premier League appearance – all for the Gunners.
Also if selected, Theo Walcott will be making his 100th club career appearance (Southampton and Arsenal).
Arsenal will assess the fitness of midfielder Samir Nasri (knee) ahead of the trip to Blackburn.
England hat-trick hero Theo Walcott could be rested to the bench on Saturday, but recent signing Mikael Silvestre (thigh) remains a doubt.
Striker Carlos Vela looks set to be given more recovery time following a late return from international duty with Mexico, while Tomas Rosicky (hamstring), Abou Diaby (thigh), Amaury Bischoff (groin) and striker Eduardo (leg) remain in recovery.
Predicted Starting XI
Sagna – Toure – Gallas – Clichy
Walcott – Fabregas – Song – Nasri
Adebayor – van Persie
Match Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Arsenal
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