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  • Date:11 Sep 2010
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Emirates Stadium
  • Koscielny (23) Chamakh (57) Song (77)
    Vela (82)
  • Elmander (43)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

Short corner taken by Francesc Fabregas.

93mins

Alex Song challenges Stuart Holden unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.

91mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

89mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Kieran Gibbs. Direct free kick taken by Andrew O'Brien.

88mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Matthew Taylor on Andrey Arshavin. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

88mins

Kieran Gibbs takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.

87mins

Alex Song takes a shot. Fabrice Muamba gets a block in.

86mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden by Neves Denilson. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

86mins

Unfair challenge on Sebastien Squillaci by Kevin Davies results in a free kick. Sebastien Squillaci takes the free kick.

84mins

Francesc Fabregas produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

83mins

Carlos Alberto Vela finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 4-1 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from Francesc Fabregas.

80mins

Neves Denilson has an effort at goal. Save by Adam Bogdan. Francesc Fabregas decides to take the corner short. Headed effort from inside the area by Sebastien Squillaci misses to the left of the goal. Carlos Alberto Vela joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marouane Chamakh. Johan Elmander leaves the field to be replaced by Robbie Blake. Matthew Taylor is brought on as a substitute for Chung-Yong Lee.

78mins

Alex Song grabs a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 3-1 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Andrey Arshavin.

77mins

Tomas Rosicky produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

76mins

Unfair challenge on Neves Denilson by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

73mins

Shot by Francesc Fabregas from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

73mins

Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stuart Holden. Stuart Holden restarts play with the free kick.

71mins

Johan Elmander takes a shot. Blocked by Francesc Fabregas. Outswinging corner taken by Stuart Holden from the right by-line, Header from deep inside the area by Zat Knight goes over the bar. Vassiriki Diaby goes off and Neves Denilson comes on.

70mins

Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

66mins

Martin Petrov leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew O'Brien.

66mins

Alex Song has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

64mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Cahill on Marouane Chamakh. Gary Cahill is sent off by the referee. Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.

63mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Chung-Yong Lee. Direct free kick taken by Gary Cahill.

61mins

Kevin Davies challenges Laurent Koscielny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Emmanuel Eboue receives a caution. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

59mins

Vassiriki Diaby is brought on as a substitute for Jack Wilshere.

58mins

Marouane Chamakh finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Arsenal 2-1 Bolton.Assist by Francesc Fabregas.

57mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a inswinging corner to the near post.

57mins

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas played to the near post.

57mins

Shot from 18 yards from Marouane Chamakh. Adam Bogdan makes a save.

57mins

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

56mins

Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Francesc Fabregas.

54mins

Andrey Arshavin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.

54mins

The referee blows for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

54mins

Johan Elmander is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.

53mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. The referee books Gretar Rafn Steinsson for unsporting behaviour. Kieran Gibbs restarts play with the free kick.

51mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrey Arshavin. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.

47mins

Inswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line played to the near post.

46mins

Foul by Laurent Koscielny on Kevin Davies, free kick awarded. Stuart Holden crosses the ball in from the free kick, Manuel Almunia makes a save.

46mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.

44mins

Johan Elmander scores a headed goal from close range. Arsenal 1-1 Bolton.Assist by Chung-Yong Lee.

42mins

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

39mins

Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

36mins

Johan Elmander takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save. Corner taken by Martin Petrov from the right by-line to the near post. Free kick awarded for a foul by Kieran Gibbs on Martin Petrov. Kieran Gibbs is given a yellow card. Free kick crossed left-footed by Martin Petrov from right wing, Laurent Koscielny makes a clearance. Marouane Chamakh challenges Gretar Rafn Steinsson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the free kick.

36mins

Johan Elmander takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save. Martin Petrov takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post. Kieran Gibbs gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Petrov. Kieran Gibbs is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Martin Petrov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Laurent Koscielny. Gretar Rafn Steinsson fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson restarts play with the free kick.

35mins

Corner taken by Martin Petrov played to the near post.

32mins

Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

30mins

Tomas Rosicky takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.

27mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Adam Bogdan.

26mins

The referee blows for offside. Gary Cahill takes the indirect free kick.

24mins

Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Adam Bogdan makes a save. Goal scored by Laurent Koscielny from inside the six-yard box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Bolton.

23mins

Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, clearance by Gary Cahill.

21mins

Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, Zat Knight fouled by Sebastien Squillaci, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.

21mins

Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, Zat Knight makes a clearance.

18mins

Foul by Kevin Davies on Jack Wilshere, free kick awarded. Booking for Kevin Davies for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.

14mins

Corner taken by Stuart Holden from the right by-line to the near post, Francesc Fabregas makes a clearance.

12mins

Kevin Davies has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save made by Manuel Almunia.

11mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Sebastien Squillaci. Direct free kick taken by Stuart Holden.

11mins

Effort on goal by Tomas Rosicky from just inside the area clears the bar.

9mins

Foul by Johan Elmander on Francesc Fabregas, free kick awarded. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.

8mins

Foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Kieran Gibbs, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

6mins

Kevin Davies fouled by Emmanuel Eboue, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Petrov produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

5mins

Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas, Sebastien Squillaci produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.

5mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.

4mins

Corner taken left-footed by Jack Wilshere, save made by Adam Bogdan.

3mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Blocked by Zat Knight.

2mins

Francesc Fabregas fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

The match restarts for the second half.

The game kicks-off.

The half-time whistle blows.

The referee signals the end of the game.

Match Preview

Wenger: All right Jack Arsene Wenger believes Jack Wilshere is fully focused on the job in hand as the Arsenal youngster prepares to let his football grab the headlines again ahead of the visit of Bolton. England Under-21s coach Stuart Pearce felt the 18-year-old had "taken his eye off the ball" following his arrest and subsequent bail in the wake of a late-night fracas in Kensington, which resulted in Wilshere being left on the bench for the European Championship qualifier in Portugal. However, the young Gunner helped galvanise England when introduced as a second-half substitute against Lithuania in Colchester on Tuesday afternoon, as the Young Lions booked their place in the play-offs with a 3-0 victory. Wilshere - who holds the record for Arsenal's youngest first-team appearance in the Premier League - spent a spell on loan at Bolton last season, and is now very much in Wenger's plans. "I have spoken to him since his arrest and he is focused," said the Gunners boss. "I believe he is always focused. When he is on the football pitch, he wants the ball and wants to play. "It could have been a concern of Pearce, but I believe Jack is a happy boy on the football pitch." Arsenal are currently second in the Barclays Premier League table, having beaten Blackburn before the international break. However, the Gunners resume without Robin van Persie, injured at Ewood Park, Theo Walcott - sidelined for six weeks after damaging his ankle while away with England - and centre-half Thomas Vermaelen, who picked up an Achilles problem playing for Belgium. Wenger admits there is little a Premier League manager can do, but keep their fingers crossed and pray for their jet-setting squad to return unscathed. "It is frustrating, but we have to deal with it," said the Arsenal boss, who will have France winger Samir Nasri available following successful knee surgery. "Statistically you know when there is an international break, if you get everybody back without injury it is a little miracle. "Sometimes players go on different pitches in smaller countries with a different way of training, but we know now it is part of being a big club. "When people play international games, you do not always get them back." Facing Bolton is now a much different prospect under the management style of Owen Coyle. Wenger, though, expects a strong challenge at Emirates Stadium, where new signing Sebastien Squillaci is set for a debut in central defence. He said: "Bolton have a good mixture of a direct game and football on the ground. "They can be a very dangerous side, they have a good mixture of a technical game and a direct game." Meanwhile, Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden has his own personal match-day analyst - mum Moira. She records every game at home in Houston, Texas then gives her son a rating over the phone on his performance. Holden 25, will get the information first hand as his mum will be in the stand when Bolton face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Holden said: "There is a lot of Premier League coverage in America and my mum records every game. "She gives me her take after every match on how I have played. I take bits of it on board! She is an avid football fan and obviously an avid fan of her three children. "It is fantastic she is actually is coming over for the Arsenal game. Hopefully we will get a victory." Holden is aiming to retain his place in the side in this his first full season at the Reebok Stadium after a short spell at Sunderland earlier in his career. The United States international then went on to build a fine reputation in Major League Soccer before deciding to try his luck in England again. Holden, who secured a contract at Bolton after a trial, said: "It was a bit stop start for me last season and I was injured. "Now I have had a pre-season and the experience of the World Cup I want to make a big impact at Bolton. "I am feeling 100% physically and really looking forward to building up my fitness, getting some more games and really pushing on." Manager Coyle will hand a first league start to Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bogdan as Jussi Jaaskelainen is suspended.

Match Report

Gunners fire on 10-man Bolton Arsenal beat 10-man Bolton 4-1 at Emirates Stadium to keep up the pressure on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea. Laurent Koscielny bundled home his first Arsenal goal after 24 minutes, only for the French defender's poor back header to allow Bolton to equalise just before half-time through Johan Elmander. Marouane Chamakh headed the hosts back in front, with Gary Cahill then sent off for a tackle from behind on the Moroccan. Alex Song netted Arsenal's 1,000th Premier League goal under manager Arsene Wenger and substitute Carlos Vela stroked in number four with seven minutes left. As expected, the home side made all the early running, with captain Cesc Fabregas, who has a fine personal record against Bolton, having a shot blocked after cutting into the right side of the area. Andrey Arshavin should have made it 1-0 after latching onto a brilliant through ball by Tomas Rosicky, but Bolton goalkeeper Adam Bogdan - making his first Premier League start in place of the suspended Jussi Jaaskelainen - was out quickly to close the Russian down at the edge of the penalty area. The Czech midfielder then had a go himself, driving an angled shot just over as Arsenal continued to press. Bolton - who now play a much-changed style under Owen Coyle - found an opening on 12 minutes when a knockdown by former Gunner Fabrice Muamba fell to Kevin Davies, but the striker's shot on the turn was held by Manuel Almunia. The Gunners were ahead after 24 minutes. Jack Wilshere's angled chip across the penalty area picked out Fabregas' run at the far post, and his cutback was bundled in by Koscielny following a rebound from Bogdan. The Hungarian was being kept busy, as a fine passing move ended with Rosicky drilling in a low, angled shot which produced another fine reaction block from the Bolton shot stopper. Arshavin clipped the side-netting after he just got ahead of Zat Knight before he was again denied on the breakaway, as this time Gretar Steinsson did just enough to put the Russian off balance. Bolton snatched an equaliser just before half-time following a terrible mix up in the Arsenal defence. Koscielny's backward header was far too soft, leaving Almunia exposed as Lee Chung-yong darted onto the loose ball. The Korean rounded the goalkeeper, before chipping back across goal, where Elmander headed in at the far post. The tempo was lacklustre during the opening exchanges of the second half, as both sides knew the next goal would be crucial. Song hacked away a loose ball in the Arsenal six-yard box before Chamakh burst clear and on to the edge of the Bolton box, but again Bogdan produced a superb save. However, there was little the Bolton goalkeeper could do moments later when, as the danger was not cleared after the resulting corner, Morocco international striker Chamakh headed in Fabregas' cross at the far post to restore Arsenal's lead after 58 minutes. Koscielny and Davis, jumping in at full pelt, both needed treatment after a nasty clash of heads as they challenged for a ball on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. Despite calls for action from referee Attwell, it was Emmanuel Eboue who ended up in the book for protesting. The Nuneaton official - who famously allowed a `ghost goal' during a match between Watford and Reading two years ago - then missed what looked liked a foul by Kieran Gibbs on Lee at the edge of the Arsenal box. Moments later, the 27-year-old official did reach for his back pocket, this time to show Cahill a straight red card after the England international went through the back of Chamakh right in front of the dugout. The match suddenly developed an edge, as a few hefty challenges went in from both sides, Arsenal substitute Abou Diaby eventually had to be replaced after suffering an injury in a clash with Paul Robinson. Song made it 3-1 when he collected a cutback from Arshavin to cleverly chip the goalkeeper from a tight angle, before substitute Vela stroked in number four with seven minutes left - and Eboue was denied what looked a penalty when tripped by Muamba.

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