The defense rests at Arsenal
In attack, Arsenal finished the game besieging the Blackburn goal. Gervinho cleverly set up Robin van Persie for a close range blast that Paul Robinson blocked. Apart from that the only way Arsenal could create chances was with high balls aimed at Marouane Chamakh, thrown on as a replacement, and Per Mertesacker, pushed into attack, perhaps on the basis that he wasn't making much difference in defense. It was effective. Chamakh scored with a header. But it's not the Wenger way and it's not a tactic that's going to lift Arsenal back into the top four.
Some of Blackburn's bargain-basement buys, Mauro Formica and Ruben Rochina, look skillful but lightweight, though it usually takes imports at least half a season to adjust to the Premier League hurly burly. Yakubu, another cheap signing, looks overweight, but he worked hard and showed he's still a menace, scoring twice and helping to create a third. Perhaps most encouraging for Kean, was the damage wrought by his two speedsters. Junior Hoilett, the Jamaican Canadian Englishman, was not just quick but neat and clever in the first half. Martin Olsson came on in the second half to make determined runs that provoked Arsenal's final defensive collapse.
The game was an entertaining mess. Blackburn rode its luck. Yet after the game, Kean looked less like a man clutching at straws as repeated his mantra that his squad is strong enough to finish in the top half of the table.
For promoted teams the main objective for the season is survival. For Norwich, Swansea and QPR to stay up, three other teams need to finish below them. On Saturday all three not only won, but they beat the sort of clubs who could fill the role of stand-in fall guys.