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Nigel Reo-Coker takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Song. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov to the near post, clearance made by Marouane Chamakh.
A goal is scored by Alex Song from inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-0 Bolton.Assist on the goal came from Bacary Sagna.
Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal. Marouane Chamakh on for Robin van Persie.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Zat Knight gets a block in. Short corner worked by Andrey Arshavin. Aaron Ramsey has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Kevin Davies makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Tomas Rosicky coming on for Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.
Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Mark Davies results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Aaron Ramsey.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Andrey Arshavin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Yao Gervinho.
Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Mark Davies fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
A goal is scored by Robin van Persie from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 2-0 Bolton.Theo Walcott provided the assist for the goal.
Mark Davies replaces Chris Eagles.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save. Aaron Ramsey decides to take the corner short. Laurent Koscielny takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Short corner taken by Robin van Persie.
Chris Eagles takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save. Shot from just outside the box by Robin van Persie misses to the left of the goal.
Drilled right-footed shot by Mikel Arteta. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Corner taken short by Mikel Arteta. Bacary Sagna takes a shot. Blocked by Dedryck Boyata.
Aaron Ramsey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Pratley. Direct free kick taken by Zat Knight.
Mikel Arteta has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target. Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Dedryck Boyata.
Gretar Rafn Steinsson goes into the referee's book.
Foul by David Wheater on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Red card for David Wheater. Fabrice Muamba goes off and Dedryck Boyata comes on. Strike on goal comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by David Wheater.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker by Yao Gervinho. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Eagles by Robin van Persie. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Robin van Persie takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Theo Walcott produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
Robin van Persie finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-0 Bolton.The assist for the goal came from Aaron Ramsey.
Corner taken by Robin van Persie from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kevin Davies.
Alex Song gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Reo-Coker. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
Theo Walcott takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Robinson.
Fabrice Muamba concedes a free kick for a foul on Yao Gervinho. Direct free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
Effort from inside the area by Laurent Koscielny misses to the left of the goal.
Shot from just outside the area by Yao Gervinho goes over the bar.
The referee blows for offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Theo Walcott. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
Kevin Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Per Mertesacker. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.
Unfair challenge on Darren Pratley by Bacary Sagna results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Alex Song. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Fabrice Muamba. Aaron Ramsey takes the direct free kick.
David Ngog leaves the field to be replaced by Kevin Davies.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Robin van Persie. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, Paul Robinson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by David Wheater results in a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.
David Ngog is caught offside. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.
Foul by David Wheater on Theo Walcott, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta. Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aaron Ramsey by Darren Pratley. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Handball decision goes against Yao Gervinho. Free kick crossed right-footed by Chris Eagles, clearance by Alex Song.
Darren Pratley takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save. Martin Petrov takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Robin van Persie.
Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Ngog. Martin Petrov restarts play with the free kick.
Wenger still gunning for title glory
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists the race for the Barclays Premier League title is far from over despite the Gunners trailing Manchester United by 11 points already.
The north Londoners have endured their worst start to a campaign under Wenger's guidance, having lost three of their five league games including an 8-2 mauling by United at Old Trafford.
By contrast, the defending champions have swept all before them, chalking up maximum points with some impressive displays.
Wenger, though, maintains it is far too early to be writing anyone off or crowning any side champions elect.
"Of course I am worried. It is absolutely not realistic not to be worried when you have a team like Manchester United in front of you," the Frenchman said ahead of tomorrow's Premier League game with Bolton at the Emirates Stadium.
"The only thing we can do is focus on our performances, win our games and hope they will drop some points at some stage.
"However, at the moment I am more concerned by us than them. If they do a perfect season, they do a perfect season. Until now, only one team did that - Arsenal."
Gunners was referring to Arsenal's unbeaten 2003/04 league campaign, and accepts at the moment that just rediscovering the winning feeling is the most pressing priority for his current side.
Wenger added: "What is important for us is to give absolutely everything to do it (win the title), but at the moment it is too early to speak about that.
"Let's come back to a better distance with the top teams before we speak about that. If the team gets momentum, we can be very strong.
"I still believe we paid a very heavy price for the Udinese (Champions League play-off) game, where we didn't get any credit at all. Today, they are (joint) top of the (Italian) league.
"We had to give absolutely everything (in the Champions League game) against Dortmund and in the second half at Blackburn you could see that.
"Our start of the season was disturbed by the transfers (of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri) and by the fact that we had to qualify for the Champions League. We lost a lot of energy in these games."
Arsenal will welcome back midfielder Aaron Ramsey (ankle) and Tomas Rosicky (knee) for the game.
Full-back Bacary Sagna has recovered from a dead leg suffered in the 4-3 defeat at Blackburn. However, midfielder Yossi Benayoun (thigh) and centre-half Johan Djourou (hamstring) picked up minor knocks in the midweek Carling Cup win over Shrewsbury.
Midfielders Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and defender Thomas Vermaelen continue their rehabilitation from ankle injuries.
Meanwhile, Owen Coyle is convinced Arsenal will finish in the top four despite their woeful start to the season.
"Arsenal are an elite club," said the Scot. "They are still going to figure in the top four.
"If anything, they will be much more dangerous because they are looking to get up and running.
"They want to get back to the levels they know they are capable of.
"They are at home. It will be a packed ground. That tells you it will be difficult.
"But we want to delay them getting up and running for another week. To do that, we need everyone at the top of our game."
Coyle will make a late check on Stuart Holden before deciding on the United States midfielder's availability for the clash.
Holden returned from a six-month absence with a knee injury in Tuesday's win at Aston Villa but Coyle does not want to jeopardise the influential midfielder's fitness by demanding too much, too soon.
Ricardo Gardner (groin) will also be checked after making his first appearance of the season at Villa Park as the Trotters look to end a four-game losing streak by beating Arsenal away from home in the league for the first time since 1962.
Van Persie to the fore
Robin van Persie scored his 100th Arsenal goal as the Gunners put their recent troubles behind them with a comfortable victory over 10-man Bolton at the Emirates Stadium.
After a drab first-half display the Gunners sprang in to life in the second and opened the scoring when Van Persie beat Jussi Jaaskelainen at his near post just 40 seconds after the break.
David Wheater then saw red for pulling back Theo Walcott when he was through on goal before Van Persie brought up his ton with a clever flick and Alex Song struck near the death to complete the morale-boosting win.
The win, Arsenal's second of the season, moved them away from the relegation zone and ended a difficult seven days for the club.
After having come from behind to beat League Two Shrewsbury in midweek, and seeing Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis give him his full backing, manager Arsene Wenger will sleep a lot easier than he did last Saturday when his team crumbled against lowly Blackburn.
There were signs at the start of the game that Arsenal were going to put in another poor performance after they started nervously in front of their demanding home support.
Bolton, who left Gary Cahill at home and Kevin Davies on the bench, almost took the lead in the third minute when Wojciech Szczesny pulled off a brilliant save to deny Darren Pratley from six yards.
Wheater then just missed a glancing header from eight yards before Arsenal finally woke up.
Mikel Arteta was given space in midfield and sent Gervinho through with a brilliant slide-rule pass, but the striker's first touch was poor and Jussi Jaaskelainen came out to smother.
Van Persie then came within inches of handing Arsenal the lead in the 10th minute when he picked up Arteta's short pass from a free-kick and lashed a wicked curling shot just wide of the Bolton goal.
Davies' rare spell among the substitutes did not last long as he came on in the 20th minute to replace David Ngog, who had to come off after clashing heads with Laurent Koscielny.
The disjointed passing and failure to pressure Bolton while they were on the ball led to growing frustration among the home support.
Gervinho wasted a good chance when he blasted over from 20 yards before Laurent Koscielny's overhead kick dribbled wide.
Two blocks at the end of the half from Paul Robinson and Wheater ensured that Bolton's defence remained unbreached by the half-time whistle, which was greeted by some boos from the home support.
Arsenal were a completely different team in the second half.
They came out flying after the break and took just 40 seconds to score.
Aaron Ramsey strode forward with the ball and played in Van Persie, the Dutchman held off Fabrice Muamba's strong challenge and fired low past Jaaskelainen at his near post to register his 99th goal for Arsenal
The goal galvanised Arsenal and Jaaskelainen saved well from Van Persie after the striker had ventured in to the box.
Bolton were on the rack and their task was made much harder in the 55th minute when Wheater pulled Walcott back just outside the box after being played through by Ramsey.
With the England winger being through on goal with only Jaaskelainen to beat, referee Mark Clattenburg had no choice but to send Wheater off.
The Gunners were by now were clearly in the ascendancy and Arteta came close to doubling their lead with a side-footed effort that crept just wide.
Jaaskelainen blocked well from the Spaniard before Bolton hit back on the counter with a rare attack. Chris Eagles raced clear after being played in by Martin Petrov but the former Manchester United man wasted his golden opportunity by hitting a weak shot in to Szczesny's arms.
Jaaskelainen had to scamper across his line to deny Van Persie and was then tested by a powerful Laurent Koscielny volley.
With 20 minutes left Van Persie brought up his Arsenal ton and gave the Gunners the two-goal cushion they needed to feel safe.
Walcott beat his marker down the right and crossed low for the Dutchman, who turned home with a cheeky flick which beat Jaaskelainen from five yards.
Walcott should have made it 3-0 when he raced through after a brilliant ball by Song but Jaaskelainen palmed the winger's weak effort wide.
Only a crucial block from Zat Knight prevented Van Persie from scoring his hat trick with six minutes left before the former Feyenoord man came off to a standing ovation when he was replaced by Marouane Chamakh.
The rout was completed two minutes from time when Bacary Sagna's pull-back was met by Song, who cracked a wonderful curler past Jaaskelainen to make it 3-0.
With victory now guaranteed, the home support broke in to a chant of "there's only one Arsene Wenger" but there were worrying scenes for the Arsenal boss and the Gunners support at the end of the match when Walcott pulled up and hobbled off through injury.
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