Before every Arsenal fixture, we’ll bring you a Scouting Report on the Gunners’ next opponents.
Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson will give his pre-match view and you can get his post-match verdict in our Talking Tactics feature on Arsenal Player.
Arsène Wenger takes his side to Blackburn in the Premier League on Saturday so, to find out more about Rovers, we also asked Chris Flanagan of the Lancashire Telegraph for his thoughts and analysis.
Blackburn`s game plan will depend greatly on the fitness of three of their best players. Chris Samba, David Dunn and Junior Hoilett all went off last week for different reasons. If these three do not play I`d expect Arsenal to dominate the game because without Hoilett Blackburn lack pace in forward areas, without Dunn they lack midfield creativity and without Samba they lack an aerial threat.
CHRIS FLANAGAN, LANCASHIRE TELEGRAPH
It’s generally been a 4-4-1-1 in recent weeks – although they could go with two out-and-out strikers if they choose to go that way. On Sunday they had Formica playing just off David Goodwillie up front, then had Junior Hoilett and Ruben Rochina playing wide at Fulham who both played very well.
In theory their defence on paper looks pretty solid. I think they are still trying to get everybody settled into playing with each other, because Scott Dann has obviously only just joined. They have got a few good options to choose from in Dann, Chris Samba and Ryan Nelsen, so particularly the centre-backs. Out wide they also have some useful strengths, so particularly those two areas.
I think Blackburn may look to get at Arsenal’s centre-back pairing, although they have some new strikers who will take time to bed in. But they will certainly try and work the ball wide where they are strong with Hoilett and Rochina. They may well look down the flanks and look to do it that way.
A lot of the problems with Blackburn this season have been key players not being fully fit – people like Samba so far have been carrying a couple of injuries. Scoring goals has been a problem so far, but they have got some new players and once they settle in that aspect should improve.
In terms of the new signings, Dann had a decent debut on Sunday. Goodwillie has been pretty lively, although he struggled with his hamstrings on Sunday after playing for Scotland in the week. We’re yet to see the best of some of them, but they just need some time.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Sep 2011