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At last, Arsenal 2 – Bolton 1

This afternoon, The Gunners managed to extend their lead over Bolton in 4th place, with a nervy 2 – 1 win.

It didn’t start to well with ex. Arsenal player, Anelka putting the visitors ahead after a poor defensive display on 11 minutes.  Arsenal had dominated the play, despite ‘fat Sam’ saying he tactically new how to beat Arsenal – yeah long ball, kick everybody up in the air a get 11 men behind the ball – what a muppet.

Despite going 1 up, Arsenal manged to produce some attacking football, even if Bolton had shut up shop, and on 30 minutes a persistent and  dogged Rosicky scored at the south end!! the goal drought was over. Once again we were deprived of a goal by yet another keeper making spectacular save after spectacular save. Despite having the majority of the pay we went in at half time level.

The second half had hardly started, with most of the middle tier still a having their free aperitif  when Cesc, despite taking his time, hit the back of the net to put us in the lead.

The remainder of the second half was pretty uneventful, with Arsenal taking the opportunity to do a bit of tactical time wasting. I don’t like this tactic, even if we are winning, the team slowed the pace down and looked lethargic, giving the ball away too easily. It wasn’t until the clearly, overweight, and off the pace, dirty Campo was sent off for another miss timed challenge that we started to produce more chances with the extra man. It was time for the seasons most comical moment – Diaby and The Beast, both beating the offside trap with just Jaaskelainen to beat a certain goal……not. The Beast seemed intent on trying to take out Diaby to make a name for himself, unfortunately he failed and the mix up saw Diaby fluff another shot and allow a comfortable save. Baptista really didn’t do himself any favours this afternoon, and I sure his days in the red and white of Arsenal are numbered, he’s just not good enough for the Prem.

Ok – so the demons have been cast aside, lets see what we can do against a poor Man City side on Tuesday night?

We weathered the last 10 minutes and managed to scrape a much needed win. you could visibly see the relief of the players who actually hung around on the pitch congratulating each other for far longer than normal.


April 14, 2007 Posted by | Matches | Leave a comment