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  • Date:24 Apr 2011
  • Kick-off:16:00
  • Venue:Reebok Stadium
  • Attendance:26,881
  • Sturridge (37) Cohen (89)
  • van Persie (47)
Goal!

Live Commentary

95mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamir Cohen on Marouane Chamakh. Francesc Fabregas takes the direct free kick.

94mins

Foul by Gael Clichy on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.

92mins

Ivan Klasnic joins the action as a substitute, replacing Johan Elmander.

90mins

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Matthew Taylor, Tamir Cohen scores a headed goal from close range. Bolton 2-1 Arsenal.Assist on the goal came from Matthew Taylor.

89mins

Johan Elmander takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

88mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Davies on Laurent Koscielny. Booking for Kevin Davies for unsporting behaviour. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

88mins

Unfair challenge on Robin van Persie by Mark Davies results in a free kick. Bacary Sagna restarts play with the free kick.

86mins

Corner taken by Andrey Arshavin from the left by-line, clearance made by Gary Cahill.

84mins

Jack Wilshere goes off and Aaron Ramsey comes on. Daniel Sturridge leaves the field to be replaced by Tamir Cohen.

84mins

Gael Clichy produces a cross.

83mins

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Kevin Davies gets a block in.

82mins

Corner taken short by Robin van Persie.

81mins

Effort from a long way out by Johan Elmander goes wide right of the target.

80mins

Marouane Chamakh booked.

80mins

Marouane Chamakh challenges Paul Robinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Chung-Yong Lee.

77mins

Laurent Koscielny gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Matthew Taylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Laurent Koscielny.

77mins

Andrey Arshavin takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Robin van Persie has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

76mins

Daniel Sturridge fouled by Samir Nasri, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

75mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

74mins

Foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Andrey Arshavin, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left wing, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

74mins

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, Kevin Davies makes a clearance.

73mins

Andrey Arshavin on for Theo Walcott.

71mins

Jack Wilshere concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Mark Davies comes on in place of Fabrice Muamba. Free kick taken by Gary Cahill.

70mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.

70mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

69mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Laurent Koscielny gets a block in.

67mins

Robin van Persie produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.

66mins

Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line.

66mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Samir Nasri. Free kick crossed by Francesc Fabregas.

65mins

Alex Song leaves the field to be replaced by Marouane Chamakh.

63mins

Chung-Yong Lee fouled by Jack Wilshere, the ref awards a free kick. Booking for Jack Wilshere. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the direct free kick.

63mins

Gael Clichy fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Gael Clichy takes the direct free kick.

61mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Djourou on Kevin Davies. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

58mins

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Robin van Persie.

58mins

Gretar Rafn Steinsson produces a cross, clearance made by Johan Djourou.

57mins

Daniel Sturridge challenges Jack Wilshere unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Laurent Koscielny.

56mins

Chung-Yong Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Robin van Persie. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.

53mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Alex Song. The referee books Alex Song for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson, Gary Cahill has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

53mins

Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

51mins

Samir Nasri takes the inswinging corner, Johan Elmander manages to make a clearance.

51mins

Centre by Theo Walcott, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.

48mins

Robin van Persie fires in a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bolton 1-1 Arsenal.Assist by Francesc Fabregas.

46mins

Johan Djourou concedes a Penalty for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Placed penalty taken by Kevin Davies saved by Wojciech Szczesny. Bolton 1-0 Arsenal.

46mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Francesc Fabregas. Shot comes in from Robin van Persie from the free kick.

45mins

Jack Wilshere produces a cross, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

45mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.

44mins

Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal from just outside the box hitting the post.

38mins

Daniel Sturridge finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Bolton 1-0 Arsenal.Assist by Gary Cahill.

38mins

Corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee played to the near post, Gary Cahill takes a shot. Blocked by Samir Nasri.

37mins

Chung-Yong Lee takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

37mins

Shot from just outside the area by Samir Nasri misses to the left of the target.

34mins

The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

33mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Song on Kevin Davies. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.

28mins

Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Laurent Koscielny results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

27mins

Matthew Taylor delivers the ball, Wojciech Szczesny makes a save.

26mins

Alex Song concedes a free kick for a foul on Daniel Sturridge. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

25mins

Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

20mins

Matthew Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Laurent Koscielny. Booking for Matthew Taylor. Wojciech Szczesny restarts play with the free kick.

19mins

Robin van Persie has an effort at goal from 18 yards. Blocked by Gary Cahill.

18mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Wilshere on Matthew Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

16mins

Samir Nasri takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Robin van Persie takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.

16mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

15mins

The ball is crossed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, Kevin Davies has an effort at goal from close range which goes wide right of the target.

14mins

The referee blows for offside against Daniel Sturridge. Wojciech Szczesny takes the indirect free kick.

11mins

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Song by Kevin Davies. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Kevin Davies.

8mins

Fabrice Muamba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Wilshere. The referee books Fabrice Muamba for unsporting behaviour. Francesc Fabregas restarts play with the free kick.

8mins

Free kick awarded for a foul by Johan Djourou on Kevin Davies. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.

7mins

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

5mins

Corner taken by Robin van Persie, clearance made by Paul Robinson.

4mins

Samir Nasri takes a shot. Gary Cahill gets a block in.

4mins

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

3mins

Centre by Jack Wilshere, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.

3mins

Unfair challenge on Alex Song by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Bacary Sagna.

Match Preview

Coyle leaps to Wenger`s defence Bolton manager Owen Coyle has launched a strong defence of Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger and believes the Gunners head to the Reebok Stadium on Sunday still very much in the Barclays Premier League title race. Four draws from their last five games have hurt Arsenal's hopes of surpassing Manchester United and some supporters have expressed their frustration with Wenger as they near the end of what would be a sixth successive season without a trophy. Coyle said: "They're six points behind Manchester United with Manchester United still to play. Arsenal have shown before that they'll be in the mix and I've got no doubts they've got a fantastic chance of winning the league. "If I wasn't a football manager and someone said who would you go and watch, I would watch Arsenal every week because I love the way they play and the quality of the players they have. "Arsene Wenger is, always has been and always will be a truly outstanding manager, one of the best managers in world football. "We've had our arguments along the way but that goes without saying because he's passionate about his team and I am about mine, but you can never doubt the quality of Arsene Wenger as a manager and the teams he's built after he's lost big players year in and year out." Bolton in many ways seem unlikely allies given Wenger has in the past been a strong critic of the Trotters' style of play but the relationship has improved since Coyle took over last season. The Frenchman's frustrations will also have been eased by an improvement in fortunes against Bolton, who were a bogey team for Arsenal for many years but have lost their last nine games against Wenger's side. The change in relationship was emphasised last year by Wenger's decision to loan prize youngster Jack Wilshere to Bolton. The move paid off handsomely, with the teenager gaining valuable first-team experience, and he returns to the Reebok Stadium for the first time with the Gunners as a full England international and having just been voted Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year. Coyle said: "He's coming on the back of winning his Young Player of the Year award, which was well earned and we're delighted for him. Outside his qualities as a footballer, he's an outstanding young man, and somebody I've got a lot of time for. "But he knows for the duration of the match we'll be doing everything we can to try to win the game and stop him showing his quality. It'll be great to see him, but that'll be after the game." Wenger maintains Arsenal must present a united front both on and off the pitch if they are to have any chance of forcing themselves back into the title race. While Wenger's men are unbeaten in 16 league games, they have won just three in the last nine, with draws proving so costly as the destiny of the championship slipped once again from their grasp. The Gunners boss has been forced to defend his young squad from the now seasonal barrage of questions about their mental strength in the moments which matter. Wenger, though, insists his team have already performed way beyond expectations and is in no doubt with everyone pulling in the right direction, the campaign can yet be salvaged. "The Arsenal supporters can be very proud of their team and the experience I have is that they have turned up with a fantastic mentality since the start of the season," Wenger said. "We created a huge hope because we were fighting on all fronts, and the first quality a club wants to have is a fighting spirit. "We did fight beyond the expectation of everybody. If I listen to the expectation at the start of the season, nobody expected us to be where we are. Sometimes I would like you [the media] to acknowledge that. "What I would like from our fans is to be behind the team until the last day, the last minute, of the season. "This club has massive values, has been built on solidarity and it is important we show this kind of solidarity until the last second of the season. "Then I will accept what people think, but until the last second of the season I believe it is very important that everybody who loves this club fights together."

Formation:442Manager: Owen Coyle

Bolton

Formation: 4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Gretar Rafn Steinsson
  • Gary Cahill
  • Zat Knight
  • Paul Robinson
  • Chung-Yong Lee
  • Johan Elmander
  • Fabrice Muamba
  • Matthew Taylor
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Kevin Davies
  • SUBS
  • Adam Bogdan
  • Martin Petrov
  • Mark Davies
  • Ivan Klasnic
  • Rodrigo Moreno
  • Tamir Cohen
  • David Wheater

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Match Report

Gunners slide to Bolton defeat Arsenal's Barclays Premier League title bid was surely ended at the Reebok Stadium as Tamir Cohen netted an emotional late winner for Bolton. The Israeli powered a 90th-minute header past Wojciech Szczesny and then removed his shirt to reveal a picture of his late father Avi, who died in December following a motorcycle accident, before breaking down in tears. On-loan Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge had opened the scoring in the 38th minute while Kevin Davies also missed a penalty for Bolton at the start of the second half before Robin van Persie netted a 48th-minute equaliser. The result leaves Arsenal nine points behind Manchester United and three behind Chelsea with only four games remaining. The first half was a familiar story for Arsenal fans, with the Gunners bossing possession but struggling to create clear-cut opportunities, while Bolton's more direct approach paid dividends. Probably the Gunners' clearest opening came inside four minutes when Cesc Fabregas played in Theo Walcott on the right. The England man's strike was parried by Jussi Jaaskelainen and Samir Nasri saw his follow-up effort blocked by a combination of Gary Cahill and Zat Knight. Arsenal's pace looked to be the greatest threat to the hosts and from a quick break Fabregas forced Jaaskelainen to tip his 25-yard effort round the post before a Robin van Persie volley was well blocked by Cahill. Bolton were giving as good as they got, though, and they probably should have been ahead in the 24th minute when Sturridge caught the Arsenal defence napping with a superb through ball for Lee Chung-yong, but the Korean chose to try to pick out Kevin Davies and the chance was lost. Lee had another golden chance in the 37th minute, with Sturridge again the architect courtesy of a lovely chip into the centre of the box. The winger made good contact eight yards out but Szczesny was off his line quickly and blocked the shot. There was no denying Bolton from the resulting corner, though, as Sturridge made the breakthrough. Lee's cross was headed powerfully towards goal by the impressive Cahill and, although Nasri cleared off the line, Sturridge was on hand to head in the ball. Fabregas almost squared things before half-time but his 20-yard shot cannoned off the post with Jaaskelainen well beaten. Things got worse for Arsenal in the opening minute of the second half and again it was Sturridge causing the problems. The striker's neat turn took him past Johan Djourou and, when Sturridge fell in the box under pressure from the Gunners defender, referee Mike Jones pointed to the penalty spot. Captain Davies stepped up but his effort was tame and straight at Szczesny, who easily blocked the shot. It seemed inevitable Arsenal would capitalise on their second chance and little over a minute after the penalty, Van Persie picked up the ball on the right and played a one-two with Fabregas before placing the ball just inside the post. It was the seventh successive away game in which the Dutchman had found the net - a new Premier League record. Bolton responded well but they were indebted to their goalkeeper for keeping them level when Nasri ran on to Van Persie's through ball in the 65th minute. The Frenchman was in space but Jaaskelainen made himself big to block the initial shot and, although the ball rebounded to Nasri, the angle was too tight and Cahill was able to block his follow-up. The Gunners pressed but Bolton defended superbly and it was they who created the clear-cut chance Arsenal craved when Johan Elmander took advantage of a defensive slip to run into the box and fire in a shot at Szczesny, who did well to palm it behind. There was no stopping Bolton from the corner, though, as Taylor's cross picked out the head of Cohen, who had replaced Sturridge six minutes earlier. With the game in the 90th minute, the Israeli powered a head into the back of the net for his first goal of the season. Cohen broke down in tears as he was mobbed by his team-mates but it was Arsenal who were left distraught moments later as Jones blew the final whistle.

Form Guide

    WDWLLW
  • Bolton
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • DDDWDD

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 1
  • Bolton
  • 11/09/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 4 - 2
  • Bolton
  • 20/01/2010
  • Bolton
  • 0 - 2
  • Arsenal
  • 17/01/2010
  • Arsenal
  • 1 - 0
  • Bolton
  • 10/01/2009
  • Bolton
  • 1 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 20/09/2008
  • Bolton
  • 2 - 3
  • Arsenal
  • 29/03/2008

Top Scorers

Bolton

  • J Elmander 10
  • D Sturridge 6
  • KC Davies 3
  • M Petrov 3
  • I Klasnic 3
  • G Cahill 3
  • C Lee 3
  • S Holden 2
  • R Blake 1
  • M Taylor 1
  • Z Knight 1
  • G Steinsson 1
  • M Davies 1
  • F Muamba 1
  • RM Moreno 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 12
  • S Nasri 9
  • T Walcott 8
  • M Chamakh 7
  • A Arshavin 5
  • A Song 4
  • F Fabregas 3
  • V Diaby 2
  • N Bendtner 2
  • L Koscielny 2
  • S Squillaci 1
  • E Eboue 1
  • B Sagna 1
  • J Djourou 1
  • J Wilshere 1

Goals

Bolton

    • Total goals 89
    • Goals per game 46
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 9 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 109
    • Goals per game 66
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 7 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 9 (For) 5 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 7 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 10 (For) 8 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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