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A comedy of errors sends Arsenal out of the FA Cup

Arsenal 0 – 1 Blackburn, how did this happen? BY kj

I’m still in disarray after that result. How did we manage to get knocked out in both domestic cup competitions against lower league opposition?

We started the game off sluggishly and were just playing safe passes in the neutral areas of the pitch. We didn’t really need to push the game at that point and concede a silly early goal. However, we struggled throughout the half to create anything and it was frankly quite worrying. Gervinho missed such an easy chance that again there was massive questions over what he actually offers Arsenal. Giroud was anonymous and Chamberlain was making a lot of wrong decisions.

Arsenal vs. Blackburn review Lady Luck Deserts Gunners

Arsene Wenger made seven changes but still fielded a strong Arsenal team as he looked to get into the last eight of the FA cup at the expense of championship side Blackburn Rovers. Vermaelen and Koscielny must have no injury concerns because they both started, with Coquelin brought in at right back.

The midfield trio of Arteta, Diaby and Rosicky was picked to give a good blend of defensive, passing and defensive qualities, while Gervinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain started either side of Giroud. Chamberlain started on the right, and he was bright and keen to take his chance, linking up well early on with Rosicky. He needs to work on his corners, though, a number of early ones failing to beat the first man.