Arsenal go from bad to worse as own goals gift Blackburn Rovers 4-3 win
Arsenal's miserable start to the Premier League season suffered another setback on Saturday as two second-half own goals helped Blackburn score a 4-3 victory at Ewood Park.
Arsenal's Per Mertesacker (left) and Theo Walcott after Saturday's 3-4 loss to Blackburn Rovers in Blackburn. PIC/AFP
Arsenal, looking to build on their unconvincing 1-0 win over Swansea last week, appeared to be on course for victory in the first half when they went ahead twice with goals from Gervinho and Mikel Arteta.
However, the Gunners' age-old defensive problems returned to haunt them as two goals from Ayegbeni Yakubu and own goals from Alex Song and Laurent Koscielny put Blackburn 4-2 up.
Substitute Marouane Chamakh ensured a nervous finish for Rovers when he headed in Robin van Persie's cross to pull one back for Arsenal on 85 minutes, but the home side hung on for their first win of the season.
The defeat leaves Arsenal with four points from five games, just two points above the relegation zone, and eight points behind leaders Manchester United, who face Chelsea on Sunday.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: "We had so many chances in the game and on top of that we scored two own goals so it is unbelievable to understand, but we have to take it on the chin."
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