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Blackburn boss confident ahead of Arsenal match

Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping his former Manchester United striker can do his old club a massive favour on Monday night, when Mark Hughes takes his Blackburn team to the Emirates Stadium. Victory for Arsenal would put them five points clear of the champions, although Football365 reports that Sparky is feeling pretty upbeat about his team’s chances, especially with a seven-match unbeaten run under their belts.

“We have caused them problems over the years but we’ll have to go there really determined and work exceptionally hard because they are an outstanding football team,” he said.

“They can get frustrated if you work hard and try to deny them their little passing movements.

“When they get a tempo to their play and they get rhythm to their passing and their movement that is when it does become difficult to really get a foothold in the game.

“So we’ve always felt that it is important that you try to disrupt that rhythm to their passing and their movement and if you can do that then you get that foothold you need and you hope to produce something yourself.

“It is up to us to make sure that we don’t make the game too hard for ourselves.

“We’ve got to give ourselves the chance to win the game. If you concede early then it becomes a difficult day in the office.

“But if we can make sure that we are very much in the game then there comes a point in every game when we play Arsenal where we’ll have opportunities ourselves.”

Rovers will be especially keen to cut out the supply line to Emmanuel Adebayor, who has been in superlative form for the Gunners recently. Is this where their unbeaten run finally comes to an end or will they ensure that none of the Big Three win in this latest round of Premier League fixtures?

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