The game summed up just what we lack to the title this year, even Arsene admitted that we lacked the sharpness in the fight and that's a worrying admission. Atkinson was appalling, he completely failed to clamp down on the systematic violence and cheating from Blackburn.
Both Blackburn goals came after clear fouls on Fabianski. A stronger bigger keeper may well have done better to push the cheating Blackburn players out the way, but still Fabianski shouldn't have had to endure the systematic fouling off the ball that he did.
Blackburn are summed up well by Pedersen. On one hand they will dive and cheat at one end to win free kicks, while on the other they will try to break your legs quite deliberately and injure maliciously. Sam Allardyce is what is wrong with English football, this is England if you like, long ball hoofing, diving and cheating, combined with some disgraceful thuggery and violence. Blackburn are nothing but scum.
Having said that we were lacking in several departments. We need to be more physical and strong at the back to resist the assaults that the likes of Blackburn will launch upon us. We need to fight the battle better all over the pitch, not only in defence but in the midfield and up front, we need more commitment and more desire. Arseblogger summed up what we lacked nicely, it is particularly depressing that the likes of Vela and Traore do not show more hunger when they come into the side, if they cannot show hunger now, will they ever?
This season is in danger of completely falling apart, defeat to Fulham could result in the unthinkable. What remains clear is that some big changes are needed in the summer, and this may well be the last chance saloon.