Blackburn Rovers Vs Arsenal, Saturday 17 September, 11:45 GMT
Arsenal will travel north to Blackburn for Saturday's early kick-off, in a bid to continue their recent revival after a torrid start to the season.
Having played twice since their frantic purchases on transfer deadline day, Arsenal are yet to sweep all before them, which is fair as new signings take time to gel, especially those arriving at the last-minute. Happily for Arsenal, they have launched their revival and got their first win of the season last week, against Swansea while they were denied victory in the last minute against Borrussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Indeed, much of the side which which walked out at the Westfalenstadion is expected to start, including new signings Per Mertesacker, Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun. Tiredness may be a factor although Arsene Wenger will expect his side to make a distant memory of their 8-2 mauling at Manchester United.
They face a Blackburn side who has been stapled to the bottom of the table after managing just a point in four games. Club manager Steve Kean has come under pressure from the fans, and a section of the Ewood Park faithful are set to stage a demonstration before the match demanding his sacking .
However, their troubles look likely to continue as Arsenal will be boosted by their display against the German champions in midweek and will be in no mood to put a stop to their revival.
Arsenal will have Alex Song, Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson all returning from suspension, but could be without young midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who is doubtfuk with an ankle injury, along with both Tomas Rosicky and Ryo Miyaichi.
Blackburn will welcome back Junior Hoilett who has recovered from concussion although midfielders Morten Gamst Pedersen and David Dunn as well as defender Ryan Nelsen are all doubtful.
Under-perssure Blackburn boss Steve Kean will do all he can to motivate his side. Expect a spirited performance from the home side, although that will be far from sufficient to defeat an Arsenal team determined to proceed without stutters.
Blackburn 1-2 Arsenal