Arsenal racked up an important 3 points as The Gunners climbed up to 12th in the League table on 7 points.
Arsenal started the game in the same 4-2-3-1 formation as they did against Blackburn last weekend. Theo Walcott came into the starting line up ahead of Arshavin, as Kieran Gibbs got the nod at left back ahead of Andre Santos.
Bolton almost took the lead at the beginning of the first half thanks to an early set piece. Martin Petrov floated a ball in to the box and David Wheater managed to get a head on the ball. Darren Pratley somehow beat 5 Arsenal players in the box and got a good shot away which was brilliantly saved by Wojciech Szczesny.
Arsenal than started to settle into the game more and more as the half progressed. Gervinho had a good opportunity in which he took a bad first touch and the ball fell to Jussi Jääskeläinen. Robin Van Persie also had a good shoot just off target as the first half came to a close.
Arsenal only needed 36 seconds after the restart to get a decisive first goal in the game. Aaron Ramsey made a good pass to Robin Van Persie as he dribbled his way past Fabrice Muamba and shot from the acutest of angles into the bottom corner to score his 99th goal for The Gunners.
Arsenal than went to kill the game in the 70th minute, with Walcott surging down the right before releasing a killer pass to Van Persie to clinically score and make the game 2-0. The goal was Robin Van Persie’s 100th for the club in 238 appearances.
Alex Song managed to score an excellent 3rd goal in the 89th minute. Sagna cut back the ball from the right and it fell to Alex Song, who did some fancy footwork before releasing an excellent strike into the top right of the net.
After the game, Arsene Wenger gave his thoughts on a much needed win,
“Yes but you know we will not lose every game like we did at Blackburn. We had 22 shots on goal and we still lost so at the start of this game it was a question of nerves, of patience, of intelligence, and I think we controlled the game well even if Szczesny made a good save at the start of the game. In the second half I could not see Bolton scoring a goal although to their defence they were down to ten men and that made it even more difficult for them.”
On being linked to the Inter Milan job,
“I would not say that to you. I think you [the media] were consistent in wanting to get me out and I was consistent in wanting to stay in and to show my commitment to this club. So we have both been consistent.”
On low attendances,
“It is linked with a combination of two things. First of all we had disappointing results recently and the second factor is that we are going towards a huge financial crisis which has been already in the society. We will be hit much more and I think football suffers from the consequences as well. You can look at all the clubs in England and the Premier League seats go slower and slower out. The stadiums will be less quickly full and we have noticed that already. We are maybe a special case because we had disappointing results but the other clubs had the same problem.”
Overall I am very pleased with today’s victory. We played some good football and showed some good mentality in the second half. I am also pleased, of course, for Robin Van Persie for becoming the 17th Arsenal player to hit 100 goals for Arsenal. Robin Van Persie also did it 58 games before the great Dennis Bergkamp hit his 100th for the club.
Come on Arsenal.