Arsenal responded to their midweek 0-0 draw at Bolton Wanderers in emphatic fashion against poor Blackburn Rovers. With the reverse fixture at Ewood Park having been a shock win for Blackburn, Arsenal were in the mood to make a statement, and it took just two minutes for Robin van Persie to get on the scoresheet thanks to Theo Walcott's sudden ability to pass the ball to his teammates.
In the 31st minute Blackburn levelled - briefly - through a Morten Gamst Pederson free kick, but a flurry of action followed between the equaliser and halftime, with another goal from van Persie plus a Premier League first for Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain before Gael Givet was dismissed for a two-footed scissor tackle on the Gunners skipper. Outclassed with eleven men on the pitch, the visitors had no chance with ten, and were absolutely pounded after the break. Mikel Arteta scored from a corner, Oxlaide-Chamberlain notched his brace, and van Persie ended up with a hattrick before the ultimate embarrassment was to befall Blackburn - a late goal by decrepit substitue Theirry Henry, his first in the league for five years.
Arsenal move back up to fifth with the 7-1(!) win, and their goal difference is now in double digits. Nothing like some Blackburn to cure what ails.