In the ESPN studio: Kevin Keegan is wearing a black jacket with white pinstripes. He is the uncanny spit of...


"Oops, too far to the right, I'm in the bunker!"

Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

David Dunn returns, while Chris Samba defies a back injury to play: Robinson, Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Olsson, Emerton, Jermaine Jones, Phil Jones, Nzonzi, Hoilett, Santa Cruz.
Subs: Bunn, Dunn, Rochina, Mwaruwari, Roberts, Hanley, Diouf.

Cesc Fabregas returns from a hamstring injury but is left on the bench, while Theo Walcott, Robin van Persie and Alex Song are also back: Almunia, Sagna, Squillaci, Koscielny, Clichy, Song, Wilshere, Walcott, Nasri, Arshavin, van Persie.
Subs: Lehmann, Diaby, Fabregas, Rosicky, Eboue, Chamakh, Bendtner.

Stepping up to the plate time for Blackburn Rovers: That's also 5.30pm. Steve Kean's side are in deep relegation bother, one point off the relegation places, and have a hopeless record at Arsenal. Since winning 2-1 in 2002, here's what's happened to them in the environs of Islington: 1-0, 3-0, 3-0, 6-2, 2-0, 4-0, 6-2. To lose 6-2 once may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose 6-2 twice ... well, it's just as well for Rovers that Oscar Wilde never liked football much.

Stepping up to the plate time for Arsenal: 5.30pm.

Time to concentrate on the league, then. As things stand, they're eight points behind leaders Manchester United, but with two games in hand. The title race is very much still on, but Arsenal can't afford any more silly slip-ups. This is the sort of fixture United win in their sleep - 7-1 - and while Arsenal don't need to out-macho their title rivals with a similar scoreline today, a fuss-free three points is a necessity.

Arsenal have only won twice in their last eight matches in all competitions. For a team harbouring quadruple pretensions back in February, it's been an occasionally humiliating experience. During that run, they've either lost to, or failed to beat, Leyton Orient, Birmingham, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion and, erm, Barcelona. Bye, League Cup! See you, Champions League! TTFN, FA Cup!