Bolton 1-3 Arsenal (Match Report)
For the second week in a row Arsenal travelled to the North-West to face opponents who have in the pastr caused us problems. For the secodn week Arsenal have come through a tough challenge and taken all three points.
Arsenal started well, knocking the ball around with confidence. Bolton looked to be hanging on, whne on the quarter hour mark and needless corner was conceded. Arsenal’s nemesis, Kevin Davies rose above everyone else to score for Bolton.
We have been here before with Bolton, and often have been unable to respond. The difference was this Arsenal team were determined to prove the pundits wrong. Arsenal pounded the Botlon goal, Toure hit a long range shot that just went past the post. Minutes later Bendtner flicked the ball on to Adebayor, who charged through the defence only to see his shot come off the inside of the post. Minutes later Bendtner had a shot blocked with the goalkeeper stranded. From the ensuing corner Song header the ball onto the other post.
Was this going to be one of those games? Wel lthe answer thankfully was no, the ball was played through for Adebayor, but Eboue got to the ball first and hit his first Premier League for Arsenal. Arsenal did not rest on their laurels and within 90 seconds Arsenal took the lead. Denilson ran down the wing, his cross was met by Bendtner.
Both of Arsenal’s goals came from players brought in to the team by Wenger in place of Walcott and van Persie.
The main talking point in the first half was the foul by Davies on Clichy. Davies won the ball but his foot caught Clichy on the shin. The tv pundits thoguht this was a good and fair challenge, this is no surprise as thetv pundits like nothing better that Arsenal players being kicked by a good old fashioend English player. Davies received a yellow card, whilst Clichy went to hospital for a scan. Thankfully it was no more than severe bruising.
The second half saw plenty of Bolton huff and puff , relying upon long balls and free-kicks, some things never change. Arsenal saw off most of the Bolton attacks and were unfortunate not to score through Song.
Wenger took Bendtner off and sent on Walcott to run at the Bolton defence, and ran Walcott did. He has added intelligence to his running. It was one such run at the heart of the Bolton defence that led to Arsenal’s third, taking all the defenders with him , he released the ball to Adebayor whose cross was met by Denilson who buried the ball into the roof of the net.
This was a solid display by Arsenal with several key players missing. Eboue has started to show some composure and good touches, Song was very decisive in central midfield.
The Team: ~Almunia; Sagna, Gallas, Toure, Clichy (Djourou); Eboue (Ramsey), Song, Fabregas, Denilson; Bendtner (Walcott), Adebayor : subs not used Fabianski, Gibbs, Vela, van Persie