MATCH SPY: He shoots, he scores, he's Adebayor
PUBLISHED: 13:15 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:23 07 September 2010
Blackburn rovers 0, Arsenal 4 Emmanuel Adebayor netted his first three goals of the season – and his third hat-trick for Arsenal – to earn the Gunners their first away league win of the season, at Ewood Park. The Togo international s treble came after England s midweek hero Theo Walco
Emmanuel Adebayor netted his first three goals of the season - and his third hat-trick for Arsenal - to earn the Gunners their first away league win of the season, at Ewood Park.
The Togo international's treble came after England's midweek hero Theo Walcott set up Robin van Persie's eighth minute opener.
Adebayor doubled the lead just before the interval when he was left alone at the far post to easily head home Denilson's accurate cross, before he slotted home a penalty after Emmanuel Eboue was fouled by Stephen Warnock.
Substitute Aaron Ramsey then split the Rovers defence with a clever pass to Adebayor, who rounded former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson to slide the ball home in front of the large travelling support to claim the match ball virtually a year to the day after his first treble for the club in a 5-0 win over Derby County.
"It is always good when you're clinical and efficient and that's what we were today," beamed Arsene Wenger, who saw his side move into the third place behind Chelsea and Liverpool.
"We played well but, more importantly, we took our chances when they came.