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Arshavin awaits Rovers test

Russian star looking forward to Saturday's encounter at Blackburn

By Razwan Mirza.   Last Updated: 25/08/10 4:53pm

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Arshavin: Rovers return

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Andrey Arshavin is looking forward to exacting some revenge when Arsenal travel to Blackburn on Saturday.

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The Gunners suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sam Allardyce's men back in May, which all but ended the North London giants' challenge for the Premier League title.

After the game, manager Arsene Wenger accused Sam Allardyce's men of unfair tactics as well as blaming referee Martin Atkinson for not providing his team with more protection.

Arsenal have picked up four points from their opening two games this season having drawn at Liverpool before thrashing Blackpool 6-0 at the Emirates last weekend.

Arshavin, who opened his account with a penalty against the Tangerines, feels that victory at Ewood Park would be a huge bonus heading into the international break.

"We have a very important game against Blackburn," the Russian told his personal website.

"We should win in order to leave without any worries for a break caused by the participation of the players in the national teams; this will give confidence to the team.

"In addition, we haven't forgotten about the defeat against Blackburn at the end of the last season."

Harsh lessons

Arshavin believes that Wenger's young squad have learned some harsh lessons from last season in which they failed to produce big performances in must-win matches.

"I think all the young players have become, not old, but they have experience now," Arshavin said on Sky Sports News.

"Arsene works with them for a long time and that's why he knows them better and he knows what to expect during the season from the players.

"It gives me belief that we can get something this year.

"My opinion is, if you look at the points on last season's table, we were close, but then we met Chelsea and Manchester United and they beat us very easily.

"I would like to see this season that we will manage to fight against big teams."

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