Gunners claim tight win
Andrey Arshavin's 51st-minute strike ensured Arsene Wenger emerged unscathed with a 2-1 win from another all-action battle with Blackburn at a rain-lashed Ewood Park.
Arshavin stroked the ball home after a Cesc Fabregas effort was blocked in the box and the visitors went on to prove themselves full value for their win.
Theo Walcott had rammed home the Gunners' opener after cutting in from the right flank in the 19th minute before Mame Diouf equalised seven minutes later.
Rovers set about peppering the Arsenal box with high balls and their tactic nearly paid off in the ninth minute when Ryan Nelsen's header was headed off the line by Cesc Fabregas.
In the 19th minute Walcott was sent scampering clear down the right flank by a fine ball from Robin van Persie before cutting inside and ramming a low shot past Paul Robinson.- but when Arsenal threatened to go on and win at a canter it was the home side who struck back.
Chris Samba set off a swift counter-attack which sent El-Hadji Diouf tearing down the left where he cut inside the hapless Laurent Koscielny and squared for Mame Diouf to sweep home.
The Gunners went back ahead when a Fabregas effort in the box was blocked only to squirt clear to Arshavin, who poked past the advancing Robinson.
It was Walcott who always looked the biggest threat and the young striker came close to a second in the 75th minute when he lofted a long-range effort inches over the bar.
Walcott thought he had knocked home the Gunners' third at the other end only to be deemed inches offside, then substitute Jack Wilshere missed a sitter in injury time.