Robin van Persie's hat-trick, two goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mikel Arteta's strike and Thierry Henry's late goal saw Arsenal thump Blackburn.

Arsenal took an early lead through Van Persie's tap-in but Morten Gamst Pedersen's free-kick levelled it.

Van Persie's side-foot and Oxlade-Chamberlain's strike made it 3-1 before Blackburn's Gael Givet was sent off.

Arteta struck from 18 yards for 4-1 before Oxlade-Chamberlain, Van Persie and Henry completed the rout.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain development 'surprises' Arsene Wenger

Despite sub-zero temperatures and a subdued atmosphere at Emirates Stadium, Arsenal made a blistering start and found the net after only one minute 22 seconds.

Predictably the opener came from their captain and talisman Van Persie, the Dutchman tapping in from close range after Francis Coquelin played in Theo Walcott on the right to square the ball across the face of goal.

Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain were a constant threat, while Blackburn failed to muster a single shot on or off the target in the opening half-hour.

Against the run of play, however, the visitors got themselves level in spectacular fashion.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny was booked for hauling down Anthony Modeste 25 yards out and from the resulting free-kick Pedersen curled a fine left-footed strike into the top right-hand corner.

Bradley Orr, signed on transfer deadline day from QPR, came on for his Rovers debut after Rosicky flew into Jason Lowe with a late tackle that saw the Blackburn man withdrawn.

Analysis

"What an afternoon for Robin van Persie, the art of finishing perfectly displayed - so unerring and beautifully done. It was a dreadful afternoon for Blackburn."

Arsenal were soon back in front, with Walcott played in by Alex Song and Van Persie finding the net at the near post for 2-1 from his cut back.

Rosicky was fouled by Martin Olsson in the build-up to Arsenal's third, but referee Andre Marriner waved play on. Van Persie fed a fine reverse pass through Blackburn's defence which Oxlade-Chamberlain ran onto before rounding the keeper and finding the empty net.

It was the 18-year-old's first Premier League goal and moments later Blackburn's task became that much harder with Givet sent off for a lunge on Van Persie.

After the break, it only took Arsenal a few minutes to increase their lead, Arteta crashing the ball home from 18 yards after Van Persie's corner had been headed clear.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made it 5-1, following Walcott's surging mazy run into the box, showing great composure to pick his spot under pressure and side-foot from close range.

Van Persie grabbed his hat-trick just after the hour, clipping the ball past Paul Robinson at the near post following Coquelin's cross from the right with Blackburn's marking non-existent.

Blackburn boss Steve Kean - we let ourselves down

With the game safe, Oxlade-Chamberlain gave way to Henry and Yossi Benayoun came on for Song.

In the final minute Arsenal broke once more, Van Persie playing in Henry inside the area. The Frenchman's shot deflected off Scott Dann into the net for his first league goal since returning to the club in January.

It completed a miserable afternoon for Blackburn who remain in the bottom three, while Arsenal move above Newcastle into fifth.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "It was an emphatic scoreline but the most important thing was to get the three points today. We have played some good games recently but the result gives us confidence for rest of season.

"Robin van Persie had some good assists and he is an exceptional player and is deadly when you feed him in the box.

"Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is developing well, and he can assist and score as well. What is surprising to me is in September he looked junior, not mature enough, but in space of two-to-three months he is ready to be in the team.

"We have some catching up to do and the points are important. The consistency is vital for us."

On Henry's loan deal, which is due to expire after the 15 February match against AC Milan: "I haven't looked at it.

"Maybe the maximum possibility we have is two more weeks.''

Blackburn boss Steve Kean: "It's a difficult day for us because it's a difficult enough venue to play at with 11 men. It's the first time this season when we've been really turned over. We've been excellent on our travels.

"If there is intent with leaving the ground with two feet, the lads know the rules and you have to slide with one foot.

"We wanted to stay in the game after scoring, and not let the opposition get back in, but we forced it and let Arsenal back into it.

"We set ourselves high standards and that was not us today. I'm looking at the reaction of the lads with 30 minutes to go. The goal difference affects us as well.

"We've been in most games this season, apart from today. We've let ourselves down. Chris Samba wasn't in the squad today and we'll speak to him on Monday."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Arsenal

  • 13 Szczesny
  • 04 Mertesacker
  • 05 Vermaelen Booked
  • 06 Koscielny Booked (Sagna - 68' )
  • 07 Rosicky
  • 08 Arteta
  • 14 Walcott
  • 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Henry - 68' )
  • 17 Song (Benayoun - 72' )
  • 39 Coquelin
  • 10 Van Persie

Substitutes

  • 21 Fabianski
  • 03 Sagna
  • 16 Ramsey
  • 23 Arshavin
  • 30 Benayoun
  • 09 Park Chu-Young
  • 12 Henry

Blackburn

  • 01 Robinson
  • 03 Mn Olsson Booked
  • 05 Givet Dismissed
  • 16 Dann
  • 08 Dunn (Hanley - 45' )
  • 12 Pedersen
  • 14 Petrovic
  • 15 Nzonzi Booked
  • 35 Lowe (Orr - 36' )
  • 09 Modeste Booked
  • 23 Hoilett

Substitutes

  • 13 Bunn
  • 18 Orr
  • 31 Hanley
  • 10 Formica
  • 29 Vukcevic
  • 20 Rochina
  • 25 Goodwillie
Ref: Marriner
Att: 59,643

Match Stats

Shots

20 3

On target

11 3

Corners

11 1

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:19 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +2:56

Assist by Thierry Henry (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area.

90:00 +2:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Scott Dann - Arsenal 7 - 1 Blackburn own goal by Scott Dann (Blackburn) (low centre of goal) from own half (12 yards).Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn.

90:00 +2:56

Shot by Thierry Henry (Arsenal) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards),

90:00 +1:49

Goal kick taken short by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal).

90:00 +1:26

Shot by Yossi Benayoun (Arsenal) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

90:00 +0:58

Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

90:00 +0:01

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) to far post, resulting in open play.

88:26

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

87:51

Foul by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) on Thierry Henry (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.

86:12

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

85:26

Defending throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

84:53

Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Dann (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

84:53 Booking

Booking Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) booked for unsporting behaviour.

84:48

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) on Anthony Modeste (Blackburn).

84:21

Goal kick taken short by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal).

83:51

Foul by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) on Anthony Modeste (Blackburn). Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) from right wing, resulting in ball out of play.

83:32

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

83:09

Shot by Thierry Henry (Arsenal) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.

81:44

Attacking throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

79:21

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

78:38

Defending throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

78:34

Attacking throw-in by Bacary Sagna (Arsenal).

77:57

David Hoilett (Blackburn) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.

77:15

Foul by Yossi Benayoun (Arsenal) on Martin Olsson (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

74:31

Foul by David Hoilett (Blackburn) on Yossi Benayoun (Arsenal). Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) from right wing, clearance by Scott Dann (Blackburn).

74:00

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

73:17

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) to near post, shot by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.

72:10

Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).

71:47

Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).

71:14 Substitution

Substitution Arsenal substitution: Alex Song replaced by Yossi Benayoun (tactical).

70:09

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

69:53

Attacking throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

69:19

Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) on Bacary Sagna (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

68:46

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) on Anthony Modeste (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Scott Dann (Blackburn) from right wing, resulting in open play.

68:30

Attacking throw-in by Thierry Henry (Arsenal).

67:41

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) to centre, clearance by Scott Dann (Blackburn).

67:17 Substitution

Substitution Arsenal substitution: Laurent Koscielny replaced by Bacary Sagna (tactical).

67:01 Substitution

Substitution Arsenal substitution: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced by Thierry Henry (tactical).

65:56

Defending throw-in by Bradley Orr (Blackburn).

65:26

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

64:45

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) to centre, shot by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

62:47

Foul by Radosav Petrovic (Blackburn) on Robin van Persie (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.

61:01

Assist (pass) by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) from right wing.

61:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Robin van Persie - Arsenal 6 - 1 Blackburn Goal by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) right-footed (top-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Arsenal 6-1 Blackburn.

59:17

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

58:54

Cross by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), shot by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) volleyed right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.

58:12

Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).

55:44

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) on David Hoilett (Blackburn). Free kick taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) from left channel (30 yards), hit wall.

53:35

Assist (pass) by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area.

53:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal 5 - 1 Blackburn Goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from centre of penalty area (12 yards).Arsenal 5-1 Blackburn.

53:01

Defending throw-in by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal).

52:12

Robin van Persie (Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

50:33

Assist (pass) by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) from centre of penalty area.

50:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Mikel Arteta - Arsenal 4 - 1 Blackburn Goal by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right channel (20 yards).Arsenal 4-1 Blackburn.

50:12

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) to centre, clearance by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn).

49:36

Defending throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

48:45

Foul by Alex Song (Arsenal) on Radosav Petrovic (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

47:47

Shot by Bradley Orr (Blackburn) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal).

46:23

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

46:11

Corner from left by-line taken short right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal).

45:01

The second half has started.

45:00 +5:13 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

45:00 +4:42

Foul by Radosav Petrovic (Blackburn) on Alex Song (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from left channel, passed.

45:00 +3:47

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

45:00 +2:49

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) on Bradley Orr (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:00 +1:59

Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).

45:00 +1:12

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

45:00 +0:48

Shot by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) left-footed from left side of six-yard box (6 yards),

45:00 +0:21

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Robin van Persie (Arsenal).

44:54

Attacking throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

44:33 Substitution

Substitution Blackburn substitution: David Dunn replaced by Grant Hanley (tactical).

42:03

Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from right channel, resulting in open play.

42:03 Dismissal

Dismissal Gael Givet (Blackburn) dismissed for serious foul play.

41:57

Foul by Gael Givet (Blackburn) on Robin van Persie (Arsenal).

41:01

Attacking throw-in by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).

39:18

Assist (pass) by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) from left channel.

39:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Arsenal 3 - 1 Blackburn Goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) right-footed (low centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Arsenal 3-1 Blackburn.

39:03 Booking

Booking Martin Olsson (Blackburn) booked for unsporting behaviour.

38:47

Goal kick taken short by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal).

37:13

Assist (cross) by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) from right side of penalty area.

37:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Robin van Persie - Arsenal 2 - 1 Blackburn Goal by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) right-footed (low centre of goal) from right side of six-yard box (6 yards).Arsenal 2-1 Blackburn.

36:39

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

36:26

Shot by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.

35:45

Free kick taken right-footed by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) from own half, resulting in open play.

35:45 Substitution

Substitution Blackburn substitution: Jason Lowe replaced by Bradley Orr (injury).

35:42

Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) caught offside.

32:02

Foul by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) on Jason Lowe (Blackburn). Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

31:00

Assist by Anthony Modeste (Blackburn) from left channel.

31:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Morten Gamst Pedersen - Arsenal 1 - 1 Blackburn Free kick scored by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) left-footed (top-left of goal) from left channel (30 yards).Arsenal 1-1 Blackburn.

30:01 Booking

Booking Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) booked for unsporting behaviour.

29:49

Foul by Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) on Anthony Modeste (Blackburn).

29:28

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

29:10

Shot by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), missed left.

28:17

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

27:48

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) to near post, resulting in ball out of play.

27:07

Defending throw-in by Jason Lowe (Blackburn).

26:36

Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).

24:45

Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.

24:45 Booking

Booking Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) booked for unsporting behaviour.

24:38

Foul by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) on Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal).

24:33

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

23:29

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) to far post, header by Per Mertesacker (Arsenal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn).

23:05

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) to far post, clearance by Gael Givet (Blackburn).

22:45

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Martin Olsson gets a block in.

22:11

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) to near post, clearance by Radosav Petrovic (Blackburn).

20:41

Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) on Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

20:38

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

20:24

Shot by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), missed right.

19:59

Shot by Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Radosav Petrovic (Blackburn).

18:57

Foul by David Dunn (Blackburn) on Francis Coquelin (Arsenal). Free kick taken left-footed by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.

17:56

Defending throw-in by Jason Lowe (Blackburn).

16:23

Defending throw-in by Jason Lowe (Blackburn).

15:45

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

15:01

Foul by Steven Nzonzi (Blackburn) on Alex Song (Arsenal). Free kick crossed left-footed by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) from right channel, resulting in ball out of play.

14:17

Foul by Anthony Modeste (Blackburn) on Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal).

14:14

Free kick taken right-footed by Wojciech Szczesny (Arsenal) from own half, passed.

14:14 Booking

Booking Anthony Modeste (Blackburn) booked for unsporting behaviour.

11:26

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) to centre, clearance by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn).

11:21

Attacking throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

10:10

Defending throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).

9:09

Foul by Anthony Modeste (Blackburn) on Mikel Arteta (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) from left channel, passed.

8:21

Defending throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

8:03

Attacking throw-in by Jason Lowe (Blackburn).

7:57

Robin van Persie (Arsenal) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Paul Robinson (Blackburn) from own half, resulting in open play.

6:27

Foul by Anthony Modeste (Blackburn) on Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal) from right channel, passed.

5:35

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

5:24

Shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed right.

4:26

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

2:41

Goal kick taken long by Paul Robinson (Blackburn).

1:19

Assist (pass) by Theo Walcott (Arsenal) from right side of penalty area.

1:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Robin van Persie - Arsenal 1 - 0 Blackburn Goal by Robin van Persie (Arsenal) left-footed (low centre of goal) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards).Arsenal 1-0 Blackburn.

0:59

Foul by Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn) on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal). Free kick taken right-footed by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) from left channel, passed.

0:43

Defending throw-in by Francis Coquelin (Arsenal).

0:16

Attacking throw-in by Martin Olsson (Blackburn).

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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