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Premier League: Arsenal 7-1 Blackburn

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Robin van Persie bagged a hat-trick as ruthless Arsenal hammered 10-man Blackburn Rovers 7-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners captain tapped home in the opening two minutes before a spectacular free-kick from Morten Gamst Pedersen restored parity shortly after the half-hour mark.

Van Persie restored Arsenal's lead on 38 minutes before turning provider with a sumptuous pass to feed in Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the third two minutes later.

A forgettable opening 45 minutes for the visitors was compounded shortly before the interval when Gaël Givet was shown a straight red card for a lunging challenge on van Persie.

Mikel Arteta lashed Arsenal into a three-goal lead six minutes into the second half and Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbed his second of the game on 54 minutes.

Van Persie swept home number six, and his third of the afternoon, on 62 minutes and substitute Thierry Henry put the icing on the cake as he bundled home a seventh in stoppage time.

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