Arsenal 4-1 Bolton

11 September 2010 03:54
Arsenal celebrated their 1000th goal of Arsene Wenger's managerial reign with a confident win against 10-man Bolton.Laurent Koscielny put Arsenal in front in the 24th minute but the Frenchman's defensive error allowed Johan Elmander to level a minute before half-time. [LNB]But Arsenal turned on the style as Maroune Chamakh headed in the first of three second-half goals from six yards. [LNB]Defender Gary Cahill was sent off for a dangerous tackle before Alex Song and Carlos Vela completed the rout. [LNB]Even without injured duo Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie, Wenger's side had sufficient depth and attacking options to create numerous goal-scoring opportunities for their third victory of the season as well as inflicting Bolton's first defeat of the campaign. [LNB]A consistent performance from £6m signing Salvatore Squillaci on his debut will give Wenger plenty of encouragement with Thomas Vermaelen unavailable because of an Achilles tendon injury. [LNB]However, furious Trotters boss Owen Coyle confronted referee Stuart Attwell at the final whistle in protest at the straight red card shown to central defender Cahill in the 64th minute for a clumsy challenge on Chamakh.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Wenger pleased with Arsenal strength[LNB]The incident, only the second sending off of Cahill's career, allowed Arsenal to consolidate their lead as their influential midfield killed off the match in the final 20 minutes. [LNB]Coyle, who suffered two successive losses to the Gunners in three days after taking over at the Reebok Stadium at the start of the year, was without the suspended Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal, so goalkeeper Adam Bogdan made his first Premier League start. [LNB]And the young Hungarian was pressed into action within the first 10 minutes as Tomas Rosicky's right boot carved open Bolton's defence like a skilled surgeon, allowing Andrei Arshavin a one-on-one with the keeper. [LNB]But the flame-haired Bogdan made a fine save racing off his line, thwarting the Russian from the edge of the penalty area and clearing the ball - via his left leg - for a corner. [LNB]The early opportunity set the first-half tempo as the Gunners dominated possession in midfield, with Cesc Fabregas and Rosicky in particular looking to open up the visitors' nervy back-four. [LNB]But it was midfielder Jack Wilshere - who spent 14 games on loan at the Reebok Stadium last season - who instigated the move which gave the home side the lead in the 24th minute.[LNB] Another good performance, goals from all around the team, but we're only three points ahead of Blackpool and still missing too many chances for my liking Insomniak The teenager's left-footed cross caused pandemonium in the visitors' box, allowing the resourceful Chamakh to square the ball at the back post for Koscielny to tap in from close range - via a second deflection off the sprawling Bogdan. [LNB]Bolton's presence in Arsenal's box had been restricted to set-piece sojourns, with the muscular Elmander and Kevin Davies starved of any service from midfield. [LNB]Only an inch-perfect sliding tackle from Gretar Steinsson denied Russia international Arshavin the opportunity to double the lead. [LNB]But despite their slick passing and conspicuous movement, Arsenal were undone by a goal in complete contrast to their intricacy, carved out from route one simplicity and incompetent defending a minute before half time. [LNB]A booming goal-kick was headed on by Davies and into the aerial territory of Koscielny. [LNB]But rather than clear to safety, the Frenchman managed to wrong-foot defensive partner Squillaci and head the ball into the path of Lee Chong-yong inside the Arsenal penalty area. [LNB]The South Korea international admirably kept his composure at the bye-line, sending over a perfect right-footed cross for Elmander to head in from six yards for his third goal of the season. [LNB]But despite the defensive aberration, Arsenal continued to press in the second half as yet another precise through ball allowed Chamakh a one-on-one with only Bogdan to beat. [LNB]But the keeper made a superb one-handed save as the Morocco international lashed a stinging right-footed drive from the edge of the area.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Referee decisions cost us dear - Coyle[LNB]But Chamakh had the ball in the net 30 seconds later from the resulting corner, heading in Fabregas's bye-line cross from the edge of the six-yard box for his second goal for the Gunners - and the 1000th in Wenger's career at Highbury and The Emirates. [LNB]With Arsenal applying a vice-like grip in midfield, Bolton's increasingly stretched defence was further hindered when Cahill was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Chamakh. [LNB]Substitute Andy O'Brien's influence in defence was negligible as Arsenal continued to dominate possession, each pass greeted by a chorus of "oles" by the baying Gunners faithful. [LNB]Midfielder Song netted the third from an acute angle, delicately lifting the ball over the onrushing Bogdan in the 78th minute. [LNB]And substitute Vela, on as a replacement for Arshavin, completed the rout when he smashed in the fourth from the edge of the area with Bolton's defence nowhere in sight seven minutes from full-time. [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 11 September 2010[LNB] Premier League[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Arsenal 4-1 Bolton FT (HT 1-1) Koscielny 24 Chamakh 58 A Song 78 Vela 83 Elmander 44 Arsenal 01 Almunia 06 Koscielny 18 Squillaci 27 Eboue yellow card 28 Gibbs yellow card 04 Fabregas 07 Rosicky 17 A Song 19 Wilshere (Diaby 59) (Denilson 72) 23 Arshavin 29 Chamakh (Vela 80) Substitutes 21 Fabianski, 03 Sagna, 22 Clichy, 02 Diaby, 08 Nasri, 15 Denilson, 11 Vela Bolton 01 Bogdan 02 Steinsson yellow card 04 Robinson 05 Cahill red card 12 Knight 06 Muamba 08 Holden 10 Petrov (O'Brien 66) 27 Lee Chung-Yong (Taylor 81) 09 Elmander (Blake 81) 14 Davies yellow card Substitutes 13 Lainton, 18 Ricketts, 31 O'Brien, 07 Taylor, 16 Davies, 17 Klasnic, 20 Blake Ref: AttwellAtt: 59,876 ARSENAL BOLTON Possession Arsenal 60% Bolton 40% Attempts on target Arsenal 14 Bolton 6 Attempts off target Arsenal 9 Bolton 1 Corners Arsenal 9 Bolton 6 Fouls Arsenal 11 Bolton 11 Final Result Full Time 90:00+5:06 The referee blows his whistle to end the game. 90:00+4:28 Short corner worked by Francesc Fabregas. 90:00+2:56 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Stuart Holden. Free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. 90:00+0:25 The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick. 88:33 Kieran Gibbs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Direct free kick taken by Andrew O'Brien. 87:20 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Matthew Taylor, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick. 87:02 Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight. 86:48 Alex Song takes a shot. Blocked by Fabrice Muamba. 85:53 Neves Denilson challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson. 85:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci by Kevin Davies. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick. 83:31 Shot from just outside the box by Francesc Fabregas misses to the left of the goal. 82:16 Assist on the goal came from Francesc Fabregas. 82:16 GOAL - Carlos Alberto Vela:Arsenal 4 - 1 Bolton Carlos Alberto Vela gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 4-1 Bolton. 79:09 Substitution Matthew Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Chung-Yong Lee. 79:09 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Robbie Blake coming on for Johan Elmander. 79:09 Substitution Carlos Alberto Vela joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marouane Chamakh. 79:09 Neves Denilson has a drilled shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan. Short corner worked by Francesc Fabregas. Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sebastien Squillaci misses to the left of the goal. 77:02 Andrey Arshavin provided the assist for the goal. 77:02 GOAL - Alex Song:Arsenal 3 - 1 Bolton A goal is scored by Alex Song from close range low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Bolton. 76:12 Tomas Rosicky has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target. 75:45 Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Neves Denilson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny. 72:52 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar. 72:04 Unfair challenge on Stuart Holden by Alex Song results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Holden. 70:41 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Neves Denilson coming on for Vassiriki Diaby. 70:41 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Francesc Fabregas gets a block in. Corner from the right by-line taken by Stuart Holden, Zat Knight produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar. 69:37 Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a comfortable save. 65:39 Substitution Andrew O'Brien on for Martin Petrov. 65:18 Alex Song produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar. 63:21 Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick. 63:21 Sent off Gary Cahill is shown a red card. 63:02 Gary Cahill gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh. 62:17 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Alex Song results in a free kick. Gary Cahill takes the free kick. 61:02 Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia. 61:02 Booking Emmanuel Eboue goes into the referee's book for dissent. 60:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Laurent Koscielny. 58:06 Substitution Jack Wilshere goes off and Vassiriki Diaby comes on. 57:08 The assist for the goal came from Francesc Fabregas. 57:08 GOAL - Marouane Chamakh:Arsenal 2 - 1 Bolton Marouane Chamakh finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 2-1 Bolton. 56:58 Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line played to the near post. 56:41 Francesc Fabregas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post. 56:23 Marouane Chamakh takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Adam Bogdan makes a save. 56:08 The assistant referee signals for offside against Chung-Yong Lee. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia. 55:26 Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Francesc Fabregas. 53:50 The offside flag is raised against Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan. Correction - 53:03 Andrey Arshavin is ruled offside. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick. 53:03 The assistant referee signals for offside against Johan Elmander. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia. 52:20 Direct free kick taken by Kieran Gibbs. 52:20 Booking Gretar Rafn Steinsson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour. 52:17 Jack Wilshere fouled by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, the ref awards a free kick. 50:40 The referee blows for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick. 46:13 Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post. 45:01 The referee gets the second half started. Half Time 45:00+2:13 The referee calls an end to the first half. 45:00+0:31 Kevin Davies fouled by Laurent Koscielny, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Stuart Holden, save by Manuel Almunia. 45:00+0:08 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan. 43:35 Assist by Chung-Yong Lee. 43:35 GOAL - Johan Elmander:Arsenal 1 - 1 Bolton Johan Elmander finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Arsenal 1-1 Bolton. 41:14 Effort on goal by Andrey Arshavin from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal. 38:10 Foul by Fabrice Muamba on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick. Correction - 36:03 The free kick is delivered left-footed by Martin Petrov from right wing, clearance by Laurent Koscielny. Marouane Chamakh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. 36:03 Martin Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance. Unfair challenge on Gretar Rafn Steinsson by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson restarts play with the free kick. 36:03 Booking Kieran Gibbs is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Correction - 35:15 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia. Corner taken by Martin Petrov played to the near post. Martin Petrov fouled by Kieran Gibbs, the ref awards a free kick. 35:15 Johan Elmander takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov played to the near post. Unfair challenge on Martin Petrov by Kieran Gibbs results in a free kick. 34:46 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post. 31:08 Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal. 29:52 Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan. 26:30 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan. 25:57 The referee blows for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Gary Cahill. 23:25 GOAL - Laurent Koscielny:Arsenal 1 - 0 Bolton Laurent Koscielny fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Bolton. 23:20 Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan. 22:36 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, clearance made by Gary Cahill. 20:45 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Francesc Fabregas, Foul by Sebastien Squillaci on Zat Knight, free kick awarded. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick. 20:12 Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Zat Knight. 17:15 Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick. 17:15 Booking Kevin Davies is cautioned. 17:06 Foul by Kevin Davies on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. 13:37 Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Francesc Fabregas. 11:17 Shot by Kevin Davies from 12 yards. Manuel Almunia makes a save. 10:46 Sebastien Squillaci concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Davies. Stuart Holden takes the direct free kick. 10:14 Effort on goal by Tomas Rosicky from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target. 8:37 Francesc Fabregas fouled by Johan Elmander, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas. 7:39 Gretar Rafn Steinsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kieran Gibbs. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia. 5:18 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Emmanuel Eboue results in a free kick. Martin Petrov has an effort direct from the free kick. 4:25 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line, Header from close range by Sebastien Squillaci clears the bar. 4:11 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save. 3:01 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere from the right by-line, Adam Bogdan makes a save. 2:39 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight. 1:31 Fabrice Muamba challenges Francesc Fabregas unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny. 0:00 The referee starts the match. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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