Last Updated: 17/09/11 2:40pm
The final whistle goes after a frenetic finish to the game. Blackburn are now above Arsenal in the table.
Walcott almost provides a vital touch around Robisnion and into the open net as he runs on to a through ball but he can't get enough weight on it and Nzonzi clears. He hurtles over Robinson but no penalty.
Van Persie forces another great save from Robinson and then the Gunners get a dubious corner decision. The ball is fed back into the centre and a truly woeful header from Chamakh goes wide.
Arsenal launch anorher desperate attack and Gervinho crosses superbly. Mertesacker meets the cross and heads over when it looked easier to score.
Olsson takes the ball down the left wing and heads for the corner flag. He will not be pleased to hear that there are four added minutes for Rovers to hang on.
Another fantastic cross from Walcott flashes across the six yard box and is met by Chamakh but his effort can't find the target.
GOAL CHAMAKH: Arsenal are back in it as van Persie delivers a brilliant cross from the left and the big striker powers his header beyond Robinson.
Djourou delivers a wild cross from the right that goes behind. It follows an attempt by van Persie to feed a ball through to Gervinho but the Blackburn defence can clear with some comfort.
Walcott tries his luck from the left corner of the Rovers area but it gets a defelction and goes behind for a corner.
Vukcevic runs from box to box with the ball but can't really find the right option. He elects to shot from 17 yards but hits a defender and Arsenal can clear.
Hoilet shows some good control and passes to Nzonzi on the edge of the area. He makes a half-hearted attempted to curl the ball around Szczesny but it is easily saved.
Chamakh's first contribution is a header from the corner but he has pushed Givet and the whistle goes.
Ramsey and Walcott try and create something down the right. The latter crosses but it is cut out by Samba and goes for a corner. Blackburn stand form as the ball is delivered.
OWN-GOAL KOSCIELNY: Superb break from Rovers as Yakuba releases Olsson down the right. He sprints full tilt into the box and crosses which hits the unfortunate defender and goes into the open net.
Two subs - one for each team. Theo Walcott takes over from Arshavin fro Arsenal while Simon Vukcevic is on in place of Formica for the home side.
A tense Arsene Wenger looks on from the bench. Great run from Gervinho and he finds van Persie in space but his shot is block and it goes behind for a corner. The Dutchman meets the corner but heads wide of the target.
So what have Arsenal got now? Formica gets some treatment and hobbles off the pitch for the time being.
GOAL YAKUBU: A deep corner from Hoilet goes right through to Nzonzi. He fires the ball back across the six yard box and Yakuba gets the touch from point-blank range to put Rovers in front.
Rovers have their tails up and Yakuba feeds a good ball through to Rochina. He is forced a little wide before he can shoot and then he is crowded out and the chance goes.
Formica nearly puts Rovers ahead as he is clear on goal but Szczesny is off his line to block in tremendous style.
Another corner for Arsenal as Arshavin's attempt is deflected behind. Son tries to make amends but his header is well wide of the target.
OWN-GOAL SONG: Rochina chips in the free-kick with no pace and the ball drops into the box. It comes off the thigh of Song and bobbles across the line to bring Blackburn back level.
Good position for Rovers as Jason Lowe is fouled on the right by Arshavin and they can deliver a dangerous ball into the box.
Yakuba shows good strength to win the ball and Formica tries to play in Rochina but per Mertesacker steps in to make the clearance.
Both sides seemed to have started the second half with little urgency and all the possession is with the Gunners.
Arsenal are now 1/4 at Sky Bet for the three points but Blackburn are not out of this by any means. You can back them at 12/1 if you fancy them to come from behind. The draw is 7/2 at Sky Bet while van Persie is 5/1 to be the next goalscorer. If you think that we have seen the end of the goals then Sky Bet make no goalscorer 3/1.
That is it for the first period. Arsenal well on top but Blackburn will take heart that they are just one goal in arrears.
Late chance for Blackburn to put Arsenal under pressure in their box but Robinson's free-kick goes straight into the arms of Szczesny.
Song wins the ball in midfield and tries to release Ramsey through the middle but Dann steps in with the interception. There will be two added minutes.
Gervinho should have added an Arsenal third. Good run from Arshavin down the left finds the striker in space in the box but he fails to take the early shot or slide the ball to van Persie. He delays and his effort is then blocked.
Yakuba tries to release Formica down the right but once again the pass is too strong and skids away on the wet turf.
Arsenal break at pace from the edge of the own area but Gervinho's ball is too strong for Arshavin as he tries to switch the play from right to left.
The rain continues to hammer down in East Lancs. Corner on the left for Arsenal is played short and Santos crosses. The ball shoot through the area and Koscielny just fails to get a meaningful touch and send it goalward.
Samba fails to see van Persie lurking behind him in the Blackburn area but he recovers just in time to clear any danger.
The lively Hoilett gets into the Arsenal box but is crowded out and the ball goes out for an Arsenal goal-kick.
Arsenal trying to push home the advantage with a corner from the right but the Blackburn defence head clear on this occasion.
GOAL ARTETA: Super goal from the Spaniard. Lovely run from Ramsey and his accurate cutback finds Arteta just inside the box and he fires into the roof of the net to put the Gunners back in front.
Sagna trying to gather himself on the touchline before rejoining the game while Arteta fouls Mauro Formica.
Long free-kick from Robinson into the Arsenal area causes all sorts of bother with Steven Nzonzi and Samba lurking. Samba then tries an overhead kick which goes behind for a corner.
GOAL YAKUBU: Lovely finish from the striker as he times his run perfectly and pokes the ball past Szczesny from just inside the Arsenal box after a measured pass from Hoilett.
Rochina and Blackburn have the chance to break with Arsenal stretched at the back but Santos delivers a tremendous tackle to slow down the attack.
Robinson to the rescue once more to save a fierce shot from 12 yards by Gervinho. More Arsenal pressure leads to another corner.
Arsenal nearly double their lead as Arshavin pulls out a good save from Robinson. He volleys from the edge of the box after a corner but Robinson is down to his right well to palm away.
Great chance for a Blackburn equaliser but Samba heads wide from close range after a Rochina free-kick.
Good play from Hoilett on the left and he crosses but Laurent Koscielny is able to head clear from his own penalty spot.
It is all Arsenal at the moment. Another long spell of possession for them as they probe for a way through. Scott Dann is finally able to relieve the pressure at the back.
Long ball over the top is one for Andrey Arshavin to chase but it is just a little too strong for him and Samba can guide the ball back into the arms of Robinson.
Arsenal break quickly again through the middle of the park but the cross from the right by van Persie is too strong and goes behind for a goal-kick.
GOAL GERVINHO: Alex Song feeds a lovely ball into the Rovers box and the striker beats Chris Samba to the ball. His angled shot leaves Paul Robinson rooted to the spot and rolls into the corner of the net.
Rochina brings down Andre Santos and gives away the free-kick on half way. danger builds down the right again for Arsenal and a deep cross is headed back across the goal by Robin van Persie. It is hooked clear from danger by Gael Givet.
Ruben Rochina makes a move forward and decides to shoot from a good 30 yards out but drags hi shot well wide of the upright.
Early action all taking place in the Blackburn half but the home side finally get their foot on the ball. Junior Hoilet bursts into the Arsenal box and gets to the byline but his cross goes straight into the arms of Wojciech Szczesny.
Syed Hussein says; "Agree with Justin Green to an extent; but I see the Gunners pulling off a win today. Wengers playing smart by starting Arshavin (who's got 5 goals in eight). I'd like to see whether Robin Van Persie can carry on his awsome 10 in 11 goals against Blackburn. I say 2-1 to Arsenal."
David Stopford is going for a Rovers win: "As a Manchester Utd fan - I see this one going in the favour of Blackburn, due to Arsenal's midweek haul in Germany and due to watching a lacklustre side 3 weeks ago at old Trafford , I just don't see a side with much confidence or ambition even with the added power of cahill. I see a 2-1 win Blackburn with Blackburn bossing the game."
Pre-match: A crowd of several hundred Blackburn fans, fewer than expected, stage a protest march to Ewood Park ahead of today's match calling for Steve Kean to be removed as Rovers manager. Kean, yet to see his side win this season, gives Nigerian striker Yakubu his debut while Christopher Samba shakes off a knock to captain the side. Andre Santos makes his first Premier League appearance for Arsenal while Gervinho returns in attack after a three-match ban.
Alex Wilkinson is going for a big Arsenal win: "I think Blackburn are going to have to all out attack in order to silence critics. I think they'll be left exposed at the back and their confidence will be low. For me the score will end 0-4, with Gervinho netting his first goal for Arsenal."
Kyran is back on again and makes a strong point: "To be honest David, whatever the result is today he should go. If he is still here by Christmas, we will be relegated by March. Kean out, Hughes back in!!!"
Thanks to Justin Green, who says: "Most intriguing fixture of the weekend. Blackburn always strong at home, will see this a real chance for 3 points against a sub-standard Arsenal side who have come back from a game in Europe. Arsenal keen to prove their class and will want to be beating a team bottom of the league. I'm going for 2-2."
And the visitors: Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Andre Santos, Song, Arteta, Ramsey, Gervinho, van Persie, Arshavin. Subs: Fabianski, Walcott, Djourou, Gibbs, Chamakh, Benayoun, Coquelin. Referee: Andre Marriner (England
Here is the home team: Blackburn: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Dann, Givet, Hoilett, Lowe, Nzonzi, Rochina, Formica, Yakubu. Subs: Bunn, Olsson, Grella, Petrovic, Vukcevic, Roberts, Hanley.
Russell Powell says: "Hi, please put teams on the Sky football app so I can get my Sky bets on! £1000 on Arsenal if lineup is sensible. Kean is hopeless!" Teams to follow immediately, Russell!
A Blackburn fan Kyran Newbold says: "Hi David. Think today will be an interesting game. Obviously, both managers are under pressure to win over their critics today. As a Rovers fan, i have no belief in what Kean says, he is maing the club sound like a joke! Anyway back to the game, think 1-1 with Goodwillie getting his first for Rovers and Van Persie for the Gunners, but it could very easily go either way." Steve Kean on borrowed time then?
Billy Church adds: "Arsenal must win today to send out a message to the fans that the club are moving forward." Any thoughts from Rovers fans - send them to email@example.com.
Mat Roberts, another Arsenal fan is a bit more upbeat about the chances of the Gunners: "Both teams need the win today. Blackburn need to win for Kean to keep his job and Arsenal fans won't be happy unless they win and win well, going for a 0-3 score today, would like to see Park get a run out and see what he is like with Robin."
Thanks to out first emailer of the day, Ralph from London who says: "This is going to be another tough one for the Gunners. They have been regrouping recently but the team is not confident and the fluency of the game is only starting to come back. However on the evidence of the resilience they showed in midweek in Germany, I can see them scraping a narrow 0-1 win. Song's strength and Arteta's passing are going to be crucial."
Arsenal are heavily favoured by Sky Bet and make them even money for the three points. Rovers are on offer at 11/4 with David Goodwillie a 15/2 chance to score the first goal. Robin van Persie is 4/1 to opening the scoring for the visitors with Gervinho a 6/1 chance.
Hello and welcome along to the opening Premier League fixture of the weekend as Blackburn host Arsenal - both teams under some pressure to deliver for sure. Any thoughts on the game, then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.