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Tuesday 25 February 2014

On this day in 2006: Blackburn outgun Arsenal

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall Morten Gamst Pedersen’s winner against Arsenal

  • Morten Gamst Pedersen's close-range finish was enough for Blackburn to beat Arsenal

  • Pedersen celebrates his goal that lifted his side to fifth in the Barclays Premier League table

  • Just two league positions and four points separated the sides at the end of the season rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

25 February 2006: Blackburn Rovers 1-0 Arsenal

Morten Gamst Pedersen scored in the 18th minute to give Blackburn Rovers a victory which sent them above their opponents to go fifth in the Barclays Premier League table.

Pedersen converted his eighth Premier League goal of the season from close range following a cross from Craig Bellamy. Arsenal had won 1-0 at Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League five days earlier but it was Blackburn who made the brighter start.

After the goal, Rovers were on top and Andy Todd and Robbie Savage each had a chance to stretch the lead.

The Gunners had their best spell of the match midway through the second half with Philippe Senderos heading over and Cesc Fabregas shooting straight at goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who then had to deny Emmanuel Adebayor.

It was Blackburn’s third win in five league matches and manager Mark Hughes said: “It was a fantastic performance from each and every one of my players. We were really brave in everything that we did and were excellent from start to finish.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said: “I’m very sad because I don’t think we deserved to lose this game. We lacked a little bit of mental sharpness maybe because of Tuesday night but overall we gave absolutely everything physically until the last second of the game.”

The two sides were closely matched for the rest of the season and it was Arsenal who finished fourth, four points ahead of Rovers, who were sixth.

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Key Points

  • looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Morten Gamst Pedersen's goal was enough to give Blackburn victory against Arsenal