Arsenal 0 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

Match info: FA Cup - 5th Rnd at Emirates Stadium

Date: 16/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Dean Att: 60,070

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Colin Kazim-Richards 72

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  • And that's it! Blackburn, somehow, have weathered 90 minutes of Arsenal onslaught to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals. It's a case of missed chances for Arsenal, while Rovers managed to convert one of the few chances they had. Well, I hope you've enjoyed it! I'm Ryan Gordon wishing you a great rest of your weekend. Cheers all!

  • A cross into the Rovers area is headed back across the danger zone by Giroud, but there's no-one there in an Arsenal shirt to apply the vital touch. Moments later and the Gunners look destined to level matters but Coquelin's rasping drive from inside the area only rattles the side-netting.

  • We're half-way through the added time now and as it stands it is Rovers on their way to a famous win here at the Emirates. Is there to be a late sting in the tail?

  • The fourth official shows there will be four minutes of injury-time for Arsenal to rescue something from this tie.

  • Theo Walcott has a glorious chance to level the scores as he gets a free header on the end of Santi Cazorla's whipped delivery, but the striker puts his effort straight at the goalkeeper, who didn't know anything about it but gratefully makes the save.

  • About Diaby again test the keeper with a rasping drive, but once more the gloveman is equally to the challenge and gets in a strong block.

  • Half-chance for Arsenal now as a lovely floated ball into the area falls to Giroud, but he can't get any power on his header and the goalkeeper simply collects the loose ball.

  • Here come the Arsenal again, but after some threatening build-up play Nacho Monreal only ends up giving the ball away as his shot from the edge of the area flies well wide.

  • Another change for Rovers now with David Goodwillie coming on for Jordan Rhodes.

  • Blackburn try to play their way out of trouble at the back, but they almost play themselves into it as Theo Walcott comes storming in to intercept a cross-field pass, but fortunately for the Rovers defenders he can't make the vital contact and possession goes back to the visitors.

  • Traffic is likely to prove only one way from here on out, although it has felt like that for most of this game, yet it is Rovers who are so far heading in the quarter-finals.

  • A clash of heads between Thomas Vermaelen and Jordan Rhodes brings a break in play so both players can receive some treatment, as are the rules when head injuries are involved.

  • Arsenal have a really good chance to draw themselves level now as Theo Walcott is illegally blocked by Morten Gamst Pedersen on the edge of the area. Jack Wilshere floats this one in and it looks like Giroud is about to head home, but he slips at the vital moment and a golden chance goes begging.

  • The Emirates Stadium is in stupefied silence. Martin Olsson's shot out of nothing forces Wojciech Szczesny to parry the ball back into the danger zone, and although Colin Kazim-Richards completely mis-cues his shot, the bounce takes the ball over the head of Laurent Koscielny before nestling in the back of the net. To say that goal comes against the run of play is a huge understatement.

  • GOAL! Arsenal 0-1 Blackburn! Colin Kazim-Richards!

  • Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger opts to make all three changes, with Tomas Rosicky, Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain coming off, while Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott are the men to be introduced. Not a bad trio to see come on if you're an Arsenal fan.

  • More intent from the Gunners now as Diaby is urged to shoot and doesn't disappoint, although his stinging drive is straight at the goalkeeper who does well to hold on to the effort.

  • Vital block from Grant Hanley now as he just manages to get a boot in on Gervinho's attempted shot after the striker found himself running clean-through on goal.

  • Agonisingly close for Arsenal now as Tomas Rosicky gets another chance to shoot, and this one looks like it's destined to end up in the top corner but bounces out off the under-side of the crossbar, much to the home fans' disappointment.

  • A real quality ball into the area with the outside of his foot from Rosicky now, but once more there is no-one in an Arsenal shirt attacking the chance and the defenders can easily clear.


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