Chris Samba and Gael Givet of Blackburn celebrate after the fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal at Ewood Park in Blackburn, England. The two teams play the return fixture on February 4, 2012. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Blackburn Rovers look for a very unlikely double at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, when they face off against Arsenal.
Arsenal gave up four goals when they met Blackburn Rovers in September. They're still in a bad position in the table by their standards and they're dealing with more injuries now than they were then, but it would still be ridiculous to call them anything but heavy favorites on Saturday. Blackburn lost at home to Newcastle United last week and currently sit in the drop zone.
The Gunners have dropped all the way down to seventh place on the back of poor performances against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham, Swansea City and Bolton Wanderers. They've also lost to Manchester United in the new year, and didn't look convincing in their last win, a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Though Arsenal will be without Jack Wilshere for the foreseeable future, they're finally getting healthy in other positions. Bacary Sagna has returned to full fitness and is likely to start at right back. Blackburn's selection problems are caused more by suspension and personal issues. Yakubu will miss out on this match after picking up a red card, while Christopher Samba is likely to be kept out after demanding a transfer, which he did not receive.
Arsenal vs. Blackburn Rovers
Game Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 8:00 a.m. ET, 1:00 p.m. local
Venue: Emirates Stadium, London, England
TV: ESPN2 (USA - English), ESPN Deportes (USA - Spanish), TSN2 (Canada)
For more on the Gunners, check out Arsenal FC blog The Short Fuse.