Blackburn were treated to a stunning array of flair & invention as the Gunner celebrated manager Arsene Wenger’s 13 years in charge. Rovers struck first when Steven Nzonzi headed in from Paul Robinson’s free-kick before Thomas Vermaelen lashed in a 20-yard drive to level.
David Dunn made it 2-1 to Rovers with a deflected shot before Robin van Persie coolly slotted home from 12 yards. Andrey Arshavin’s low shot put Arsenal ahead before Cesc Fabregas volleyed in, Theo Walcott slotted home and Nicklas Bendtner’s drive sealed the romp. It was the perfect start for Arsene Wenger as he entered his era as the longest-serving Arsenal boss – he celebrated 13 years in charge of the club in midweek.
This has been a satisfying week as the London club had seen off Olympiakos of Greece in their Champions League Group H clash on Tuesday. Late goals from Robin van Persie and Andrey Arshavin made up for the many misses that they had in a match they dominated.