New signing Sébastien Squillaci is unlikely to make his debut for Arsenal as he is lacking match fitness after missing Sevilla's Champions League play-off with Braga last week to avoid being cup-tied. Fellow centre-back Laurent Koscielny returns after a ban so there is no need for the manager, Arsène Wenger, to rush Squilacci back into action. Blackburn may have their top-scorer last season, David Dunn, back after the midfielder recovered from a groin injury but Keith Andrews will be missing with a similar problem. Richard Flower

Venue Ewood Park, Saturday 12.45pm

Tickets £28-38 (0871 222 1444)

Last season Blackburn 2 Arsenal 1

Referee C Foy

This season's matches 2 Y8, R0, 4.00 cards per game

Odds Blackburn 11-2 Arsenal 4-6 Draw 3-1

BlackburnSubs from Brown, Bunn, Fielding, Jacobsen, Dunn, Grella, Chimbonda, Emerton, Roberts, Doran, MB Diouf, Hoilett, Gunning

Doubtful Chimbonda (nose), Dunn (groin), Grella (calf)

Injured Andrews (groin, 11 Sep)

Suspended None

Form guide LW

Disciplinary record Y5 R0

Leading scorers Kalinic, Nzonzi 1

ArsenalSubs from Fabianski, Gibbs, Eboué, Djourou, Denílson, Squillaci, Wilshere, Rosicky, Vela, Emmanuel-Thomas, Lansbury, Fábregas, Cruise

Doubtful Denílson, Squillaci (both match fitness)

Injured Bendtner (groin, 18 Sep), Nasri (knee, 27 Sep), Ramsey (broken leg, Nov), Frimpong (knee, May)

Suspended None

Form guide WD

Disciplinary record Y3 R1

Leading scorer Walcott 3

Match pointers? There have been 19 goals scored in the last four league games between these teams

? Arsenal dropped more points from winning positions away from home (15) last season than any other side

? 59% of the goals Blackburn scored in 2009-10 came from set pieces, the highest ratio in the Premier League

? Robin van Persie has scored 10 goal in his last nine appearances against Blackburn in all competitions

? Blackburn have the lowest pass completion rate in the division this season (56%) while Arsenal have the highest (87%)