Dixon: Why Arsenal can beat Rovers

Former Arsenal captain Lee Dixon is backing his old side to come good against Blackburn Rovers this weekend.  The defender turned pundit believes that the Gunners have turned a corner since their 8-2 thrashing at the hands of Manchester United three weeks ago.

“Our rehabilitation continued in midweek with a Champions League point at Borussia Dortmund. The performance wasn’t perfect, but it was a great result and the positivity in the camp should ensure we return from the north west with three Premier League points.

“Blackburn will be a tricky encounter. They finally ended their losing streak last week with a much-needed draw at Fulham. And there were a few encouraging signs too, with Junior Hoilett looking lively. He’s 50-50 to make Saturday’s game as it stands, and we’ll need to keep an eye on him if he does.

“Steve Kean is talking everything up at the moment, but it always comes down to your league position and the players and fans know that. Despite Arsenal’s relatively poor start, they are still quality and they should win.

“Looking back at my own career we always enjoyed playing at Ewood Park, regularly getting good results against Rovers. And that run has generally continued for the team since my playing days came to an end. Football is a psychological game as much as a physical one and I just see Arsenal being too strong for Rovers both in the head and on the pitch.

“Just because I fancy Arsenal to win, I wouldn’t discount Rovers from scoring. Per Mertesacker is still bedding in and has relationships to build with his team-mates at the back. I think there may be some communication issues with this back four and I can see a Blackburn player getting on the scoresheet, but Arsenal should have too much firepower once the final whistle goes.”

Lee Dixon was speaking in his weekly column for Betfair.

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Arsenal fan for 40 years. Schoolboys, North Bank, Clock End then East Upper. Then Emirates. AFC dream team: Wilson, Dixon, Sansom, Adams, Pates, Brady, Williams, Pires, Bergkamp, Henry, Wright. Subs: Seaman, Eldridge, Wilshere, RVP, Ball. Manager: Arsene Chapman.