WTTGT Reporter: Tashan Deniran-Alleyne
ARSENAL 3 – 0 BOLTON WANDERERS
Arsenal recorded a confidence boosting 3-0 win over Bolton Wanderers this weekend to ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger as Robin van Persie scored two goals which helped him to reach 100 goals for the club.
Both teams went into the game with the two worst defensive records in the Premiership and in desperate need of three points in the knowledge that a defeat could have left either team bottom of the league depending on other results.
Arsenal made two changes from the team that lost to Blackburn in the last league game with Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs coming into the side in place of Andrei Arshavin and Andre Santos.
The first chance of the match fell to the visitors as Szczesny pulled of a top notch save to deny Darren Pratley and prevent the home side from going behind.
Robin van Persie curled a shot wide as Arsenal began to take control of the game and came close to opening the scoring when Gervinho’s shot just missed the target. The Gunners continued to enjoy the majority of the possession as the first half drew to a close though they struggled to create any clear cut goalscoring opportunities.
Seconds after the restart Arsenal found a breakthrough when Robin van Persie latched onto an Aaron Ramsey pass and his left-footed shot found the net. The game then changed when Bolton were reduced to ten men when David Wheater was adjudged to have been the last man when he brought down Walcott.
With a one-man advantage the hosts upped the pressure but found Jussi Jaaskelainen in inspired form as he saved twice more from van Persie, once from Arteta and parried a long range strike from Laurent Koscielny. But a goal was coming.
…And it came in the 71st minute and it was a milestone goal at that from Robin van Persie as he finished Walcott’s low cross to reach 100 goals for the club.
As the game was nearing its conclusion, Walcott should have scored when clean through but Alex Song did get a third with a well-taken strike from inside the penalty area to send the Emirates faithful home a happy bunch.
A much more confident performance from Arsenal today especially second half, as the supporters will be hoping this result can finally kick-start their season.
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