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  • Date:01 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Reebok Stadium
  • Attendance:24,371
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92:25 +2.25

Unfair challenge on Tuncay Sanli by Thierry Henry results in a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the free kick.

92:09 +2.09

Header by Mark Davies from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

91:35 +1.35

Foul by Tomas Rosicky on Zat Knight, free kick awarded. Adam Bogdan restarts play with the free kick.

90:06 +0.06

Shot by Mark Davies from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

89:19

Tuncay Sanli takes a shot. Blocked by Laurent Koscielny.

88:03

The official flags Thierry Henry offside. Darren Pratley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nigel Reo-Coker. Adam Bogdan takes the indirect free kick.

87:21

Shot from just outside the box by Nigel Reo-Coker misses to the left of the target.

85:24

Thomas Vermaelen challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Gretar Rafn Steinsson from right channel.

82:19

Samuel Ricketts takes a shot. Per Mertesacker gets a block in.

79:12

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Shot by Theo Walcott from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target. Tomas Rosicky comes on in place of Aaron Ramsey. (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Tuncay Sanli coming on for Martin Petrov.

75:05

Kevin Davies challenges Bacary Sagna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.

73:55

Kevin Davies joins the action as a substitute, replacing David Ngog. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov to the near post, Thomas Vermaelen makes a clearance.

69:08

Nigel Reo-Coker fouled by Mikel Arteta, the ref awards a free kick. Martin Petrov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martin Petrov, Zat Knight takes a shot. Robin van Persie gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Martin Petrov. David Ngog takes a shot. Blocked by Thomas Vermaelen. Effort on goal by Gretar Rafn Steinsson from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

68:15

Aaron Ramsey produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the right-hand post. Thierry Henry replaces Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

65:53

Outswinging corner taken by Martin Petrov, Thomas Vermaelen manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Martin Petrov from the left by-line, clearance made by Thomas Vermaelen.

65:03

Robin van Persie takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Zat Knight.

64:32

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Alex Song. Bacary Sagna takes the free kick.

63:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Samuel Ricketts by Bacary Sagna. Free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

61:29

Shot by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Save by Adam Bogdan. Inswinging corner taken by Robin van Persie, Close range headed effort by Laurent Koscielny goes wide of the left-hand post.

60:59

Shot from close in by Robin van Persie hits the post.

60:33

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Samuel Ricketts gets a block in.

59:24

The official flags Thomas Vermaelen offside. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

56:59

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Ngog. Indirect free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

55:02

Corner taken right-footed by Chris Eagles, Headed effort from inside the area by David Wheater misses to the right of the target.

53:57

Theo Walcott challenges David Ngog unfairly and gives away a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the free kick.

52:23

The referee blows for offside against Theo Walcott. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

51:57

David Ngog takes a shot. Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.

51:15

Robin van Persie is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Bogdan.

48:15

Mikel Arteta fouled by Mark Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Per Mertesacker restarts play with the free kick.

45:55

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie from the right by-line, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.

43:53

David Ngog concedes a free kick for a foul on Per Mertesacker. Wojciech Szczesny takes the direct free kick.

41:20

Foul by Mikel Arteta on Chris Eagles, free kick awarded. Martin Petrov crosses the ball in from the free kick.

38:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Gretar Rafn Steinsson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, Zat Knight manages to make a clearance.

36:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Mark Davies. Thomas Vermaelen goes into the book. Martin Petrov crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Wojciech Szczesny makes a comfortable save.

33:36

David Ngog is caught offside. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

28:35

Unfair challenge on Mark Davies by Bacary Sagna results in a free kick. Chris Eagles crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance made by Laurent Koscielny.

26:44

Shot from 25 yards by Samuel Ricketts. Save made by Wojciech Szczesny.

25:01

Theo Walcott takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan. Corner taken by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from the right by-line, Thomas Vermaelen takes a shot. David Wheater gets a block in.

22:17

Shot by David Ngog from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.

21:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Chris Eagles. Nigel Reo-Coker restarts play with the free kick.

20:08

Shot from just outside the box by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goes over the bar.

19:50

David Ngog takes a shot. Save by Wojciech Szczesny.

18:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain by Chris Eagles. Free kick taken by Thomas Vermaelen.

17:17

Corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, Headed effort from inside the area by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain misses to the left of the target.

16:20

Martin Petrov is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

15:21

Effort on goal by Robin van Persie from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

14:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabrice Muamba on Mikel Arteta. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.

14:17

The assistant referee flags for offside against David Ngog. Free kick taken by Wojciech Szczesny.

11:21

Effort on goal by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

10:42

Robin van Persie takes a shot. David Wheater gets a block in.

10:23

Foul by David Ngog on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Thomas Vermaelen takes the direct free kick.

9:07

Aaron Ramsey takes a shot. Save by Adam Bogdan.

8:00

Robin van Persie takes a shot. Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.

4:11

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Robin van Persie, David Ngog makes a clearance.

1:54

Theo Walcott is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Adam Bogdan takes the direct free kick.

Match Preview

Ream unlikely to make Bolton bow New Bolton centre-back Tim Ream is unlikely to make his Wanderers debut in their Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium. Ream's transfer from the New York Red Bulls was confirmed last week, but the United States international has been back in his homeland sorting out passport issues related to the move and Trotters boss Owen Coyle says it will be "tight" for him to get back in time for the Gunners match. Fellow defender Tyrone Mears, a summer signing from Burnley, could make his bow for Bolton and goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen may return to the team after both were on the bench for Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round victory over Swansea having recovered from a broken leg and thigh problem respectively. Coyle is glad his team is currently free of the "stigma" attached to being in the Barclays Premier League relegation zone - but stressed they must keep up their recent good form to ensure that is still the case at the end of the season. Wanderers pulled themselves out of the bottom three with an impressive 3-1 home victory over Liverpool in their last league outing and are now 17th in the table. However, Coyle knows plenty can happen in the remaining 16 games and, after a run of only two defeats in their last nine games in all competitions, he wants to maintain that momentum. "I think there is always a stigma involved in being in those (relegation) positions," Coyle said ahead of tomorrow's home game with Arsenal. "But the important time to be out of the bottom three is after the last game of the season, ask any manager and they will tell you that. "We have now given ourselves a foundation and a platform to continue the good work that we have done in the last month and a half or so, but to do that we need to be at our best. The Premier League is unforgiving and you have to be at your very best every time you cross that white line." Arsenal will have Swiss defender Johan Djourou (calf) available. Full-back Bacary Sagna returned from four months out with a broken ankle with a late substitute appearance in the 3-2 FA Cup win over Aston Villa, but may be rested. Thierry Henry and Mikel Arteta (both calf) are available. Full-back Kieran Gibbs (groin) has returned to normal training, but Carl Jenkinson (back), Andre Santos (ankle) and midfielder Abou Diaby (hamstring) are still out while strikers Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho are away at the African Nations Cup and midfielder Jack Wilshere suffered a setback in his rehabilitation from an ankle injury. Arsene Wenger admits his players will have to dig deep to find the energy to go again at Bolton having producing a rousing second-half performance against Villa to book their place in the last 16. "It was a very demanding game physically," he said. "Now it is important that we recover and prepare well."

Formation:4411Manager: Owen Coyle

Bolton

Formation: 4231Manager: Arsene Wenger

Arsenal

  • Adam Bogdan
  • Gretar Rafn Steinsson
  • Zat Knight
  • David Wheater
  • Samuel Ricketts
  • Chris Eagles
  • Nigel Reo-Coker
  • Fabrice Muamba
  • Martin Petrov
  • Mark Davies
  • David Ngog
  • SUBS
  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
  • Tuncay Sanli
  • Kevin Davies
  • Ivan Klasnic
  • Darren Pratley
  • Dedryck Boyata
  • Joe Riley

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Match Report

Stalemate at the Reebok Arsenal missed the chance to close the gap on the Barclays Premier League's top four after being held to a goalless draw which gave Bolton another priceless point in their relegation battle. The Gunners dominated proceedings at the Reebok Stadium with Robin van Persie twice being denied by the woodwork but they failed to take a number of other chances. With Newcastle beating Blackburn it meant Arsene Wenger's side dropped to seventh in the table, while Wanderers, still just above the drop zone, edged two points ahead of Rovers. Arsenal have now taken just one point from their last three away matches, although they marginally improved on their defeat at the Reebok last season. After earning six points from a possible nine in January Owen Coyle's side are playing with confidence and recorded their first clean sheet in 12 league matches dating back to November. That was partly down to Arsenal's failure to take advantage of their dominance, particularly early on, and partly to the frame of the goal in front of the travelling support. The Reebok Stadium witnessed virtually one-way traffic in the first 20 minutes. Arsenal's best chance was their first when Van Persie had his header cleared off the line by David Wheater in only the ninth minute. The home side, so organised and determined in their last league outing on this ground when they deservedly beat Liverpool 3-1, struggled to get a foothold as their opponents made all the running. Wheater again denied Van Persie, this time by blocking his shot, after Theo Walcott had shrugged off Sam Ricketts to cross before the Holland international turned provider for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain only for the youngster to blaze over from a good position. Unusually Van Persie was wasteful after making some space on the edge of the penalty area and Adam Bogdan was relieved to see the ball sail over his crossbar. From that point the Gunners' influence on the game began to wane and David Ngog should have made them pay by converting either of two good chances. Having held off Laurent Koscielny his narrow-angle shot was parried away by Wojciech Szczesny but an even better chance went begging just after the mid-point of the half. Wheater's knock-on left the Frenchman with only the goalkeeper to beat but although he achieved that his shot rolled past the far post. Walcott had even more time with his chance after racing on to Oxlade-Chamberlain's through-ball but Bogdan did just enough to deflect the ball for a corner. The second half began at a much more lively pace but again Arsenal gained the early upper hand with Mark Davies blocking Walcott's shot inside his own area. Van Persie almost opened the scoring when his touch from Bacary Sagna's right-wing cross rebounded back off the near post while Koscielny headed wide the Dutchman's corner. Aaron Ramsey was next to stab wide as Bolton continued to ride their luck inside their own penalty area. Ngog almost got on the end of a Martin Petrov cross but was crowded out and it proved to be his last involvement as he was replaced by Kevin Davies. With 10 minutes remaining Van Persie, for the second time in the half, was denied by the frame of the goal as his delicately-weighted chip had the beating of Bogdan but not the crossbar. Szczesny's challenge on Mark Davies had the home crowd appealing for a penalty with a couple of minutes remaining but referee Chris Foy saw nothing wrong. The midfielder also fired wide before the end as the hosts launched a last-gasp bid to snatch victory and it was they who left the field the happier after securing another point towards survival.

Form Guide

    WLDWLW
  • Bolton
  • VS
  • Arsenal
  • WDWLLL

Last Meetings

  • Arsenal
  • 3 - 0
  • Bolton
  • 24/09/2011
  • Bolton
  • 2 - 1
  • Arsenal
  • 24/04/2011
  • 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

Top Scorers

Bolton

  • I Klasnic 6
  • C Eagles 3
  • KC Davies 2
  • N Reo-Coker 2
  • M Davies 2
  • D Ngog 2
  • G Steinsson 1
  • S Ricketts 1
  • F Muamba 1
  • D Boyata 1

Arsenal

  • R van Persie 18
  • YK Gervinho 4
  • M Arteta 3
  • T Vermaelen 3
  • T Walcott 3
  • Y Benayoun 1
  • A Arshavin 1
  • C Andre Santos 1
  • M Chamakh 1
  • A Song 1
  • L Koscielny 1
  • A Ramsey 1

Goals

Bolton

    • Total goals 75
    • Goals per game 28
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 8 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 1 (For) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 6 (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Arsenal

    • Total goals 86
    • Goals per game 39
  • 4 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 6 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 6 (For) 3 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 8 (For) 6 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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