Arsenal 4 v Bolton 1

Arsenal ripped through a determined Bolton at the Emirates, and the 4-1 scoreline should have been all the greater but for some excellent goal keeping from Bolton’s Adam Bogdan. Laurent Koscileny, Marouane Chamakh, Alexander Song and substitute Carlos Vela goals proved too much for the Trotters who netted through Johan Elmander. Gary Cahill red carded for a crude lunge on Chamakh to reduce Bolton to ten men just past the hour mark


Arsenal were into their customary passing game early and should have taken the lead after only five minutes. Tomas Rosicky fired an exquisite pass into the pass of Andrey Arshavin, but Bogdan made a fine low save with his legs With Thomas Vermaelen injured, Arsenal were resorted to using Koscielny and gave a debut to Sebastien Squillaci in defence and his aerial postioning was allowing the home side a hitherto rare aerial option at both ends of the pitch.


Resorted to trying to shackle the midfield inspiration that is Cesc Fabregas, Bolton sent out Fabrice Muamba to man mark the Spain player, but soon realised that tactic had no effect. Bolton however were getting men forward and Kevin Davies tested Manuel Almunia with a shot that was held. As Bolton realised they were being over run in midfield, Davies picked up a yellow card for a lunge on Jack Wilshere, but in truth he too should have been red carded. The Gunners however were still surging forward, with Rosciky at the heart of their attacking creativity.


Arsenal took took the lead on 24 minutes with the 18 year old Wilshere’s clip into the area that Fabregas did well to pass back from the far post, and Koscielny was on hand to hit home on his second attempt for his first Arsenal strike. Fabregas should have doubled that lead three minutes later, but Bogdan held his shot. Arshavin saw a lot of the ball, but presented with two further chances, was unable to capitalise. And the Gunners were made to pay for their wastefulness. Koscielny failed to deal with a cross that he tried to guide back to his ‘keeper as Chung-Yong Lee took possession. The South Korean crossed past an horribly positioned Almunia, and Elmander headed in for an easy leveller.


Bolton were content to play an open style, but not far from the surface lurked their physical game. Davies should have been dismissed for a wrestler’s block on Koscielny, but it was Gary Cahill that recieved a straight red card for lunging at Chamakh as the Gunners broke out. Paul Robinson too was fortunate not to get his marching orders for a horrible tackle on substitute Abu Diaby’s shin. Diaby was hurt, and had to be substituted himself after only six minutes.


In between all the mayhem,Arsenal took the lead. Fabregas crossed for Chamakh to head in for the lead, and only further saves from the excellent Bogdan kept the score down. But he was to be breached further from a delicious chip from Alexander Song to give Arsenal a two goal advantage. Bolton looked ragged and now off the pace. After a sequence of 23 continious passes, Fabregas offered up a beautiful pass for substitute Carlos Vela to hit home for Arsenal’s 1000th goal under Arsene Wenger and a well fought win.