Welcome to a new feature on Arsenal.com - Talking Heads.

Before and after every first-team fixture our MatchDay Show team - and an Arsenal blogger - will have their say on the match.

Arsenal took on Blackburn in the Premier League on Saturday and our Talking Heads for this game were Dan Roebuck, Kenny Sansom and Tim Clark of Arse2Mouse.

Read on for their post-match comments.

Dan Roebuck - Arsenal Live

Well, what can you say after that? Arsenal came, they saw and they conquered. Blackburn were simply swept away by a maginificent display at the Emirates. We've all run out of superlatives for Robin van Persie now, so I won't even try to add any more to the equation. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain did his potential international hopes no harm with another fine display, while Theo Walcott was back with a bang to lay on three goals for his team-mates. All in all, a fine day at the office. Onwards and upwards to Sunderland.

The challenge for Arsène Wenger's side is to take all their frustration from the midweek draw at Bolton out on Blackburn and register that first league win of 2012. The 4-3 defeat at Ewood Park earlier in the season was galling to say the least, and that should add extra motivation for Arsenal on Saturday. There have been some signs of improvement from Steve Kean's side in recent weeks, although the home defeat to Newcastle suggests no corners have been turned, but the Gunners really should have too much for them. With the unsettled Chris Samba not considered for selection, Arsenal must fill their boots and start climbing the table again, and I think they'll do exactly that. 

Kenny Sansom

Well, that's exactly the kind of response Arsène Wenger would have wanted from his team. To get seven goals anywhere, against any side, is always a fantastic achievement and Arsenal fans will be absolutely delighted with this scoreline. Blackburn were not at the races today and Givet's red card definitely didn't help, but Arsenal looked good from the word go. Here's hoping this is not just a one-off and that the team can push on next week to get another win at Sunderland.

Following the draw at the Reebok, Arsenal have got to learn to take their chances, so who better to face than one of the leakiest defences in the league? Robin van Persie has been on fire for the past 12 months and he must be licking his lips in anticipation of this one, especially as Chris Samba doesn't sound like he will be playing. Arsenal have been threatening to run riot against someone, and hopefully Blackburn will be that team. I expect the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Van Persie to have too much for Steve Kean's side to contain.


Blog - Arse2mouse

Well, that made a mockery of my prediction that it would be a tough game. Without Christopher Samba and Yakubu, and eventually without Givet thanks to his ludicrously dangerous lunge, Blackburn were there for the taking. And take them we most certainly did. I said beforehand that we needed to improve our finishing and final balls. On Saturday; Theo, the Ox and RvP delivered a masterclass in both, registering the biggest goal haul since the move to the Emirates. And after the run we have been on, it couldn't have come at a better time. The manager, players and fans all needed a morale boost, and more than anything it was just good to see so many smiles in the stands and on the pitch. A win, no matter how heavy, against a beleaguered Rovers side won't change the course of our season though. But the result should see us head up to Sunderland next Saturday full of confidence. If we're going to finish fourth there's no more room for slip-ups. Win that and we can start talking about putting a run together. I intend to keep wearing my lucky long johns in the meantime.

After our disappointingly loveless grind against Bolton in midweek, the manager came out and said every league game from here until the end of the season will be a cup final. I suppose that's true, but it also triggered a 'Nam-style flashback of my visit to Wembley last year. Hopefully Saturday's game against Blackburn will be less collapsey. From the sound of his press conference today, it seems like Arsène is considering changes on the pitch. And at this point, why not? The booing of Arshavin when he wasn't even on the pitch last Saturday was shameful and I'd like to see him given a chance in the Ramsey role. It's our final ball and finishing that are lacking, and if he could find some form it would be a huge help. Anything less than a win and it's going to get very frosty.

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6 Feb 2012