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Arsenal   4 - 2   Bolton

Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring for Arsenal
Fabregas scored with a great finish but it was a controversial goal

By Paul Fletcher

Arsenal came from behind to beat Bolton and move above Chelsea on goals scored at the top of the Premier League.

Gary Cahill volleyed Bolton in front and Matthew Taylor scored from the penalty spot after a foul by Denilson.

Tomas Rosicky struck from 18 yards and Cesc Fabregas slid home a controversial equaliser, William Gallas having injured Mark Davies in the build-up.

Thomas Vermaelen hit the third with his left foot before Andrey Arshavin scored after linking up with Eduardo.

It turned into a superb night for manager Arsene Wenger, whose team were 2-0 down after 28 minutes but needed to win by two clear goals to move to the summit of the table.

The Gunners boss was able to introduce fit-again Theo Walcott for his first appearance since 27 December when he replaced Eduardo late in the game.

However, it was certainly a far more difficult test than the 2-0 win at Bolton on Sunday, with the Gunners having to show a tenacity and resolve to rebound from their awful start.

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And it was the sort of result that suggests Arsenal have the character within their squad to maintain their push for the title.

The result is the second straight defeat of Owen Coyle's tenure as Bolton manager and his team remain in the bottom three.

But the Wanderers boss can regard his side as slightly unfortunate not to have taken something from the game, particularly as his side should have been awarded a foul in the build-up to Arsenal's equaliser.

Having watched Fabregas pull the strings on Sunday, Coyle tried to close down the space available to Arsenal's mercurial Spaniard by bringing in Mark Davies for Ivan Klasnic and playing five in midfield.

Coyle incensed by Gallas challenge

That left striker Kevin Davies with the arduous task of playing a lone role in attack, but he quickly had an impact on the match as he contributed to Bolton's early goal.

Arsenal wasted several opportunities to clear the ball, including one skewed effort from the returning Gael Clichy, and Kevin Davies eventually headed into the path of Cahill, who struck the ball crisply beyond Almunia.

The goal gave Bolton plenty of incentive to keep out their opponents but the home team dominated possession and created numerous openings.

Jussi Jaaskelainen saved a low close-range effort from Fabregas after a crisp move involving Eduardo and Arshavin had carved open the Bolton defence, while the two players involved in the build up both narrowly missed with subsequent efforts.

But for all Arsenal's domination it took Almunia's brilliant one-handed save low to his right to keep out Taylor's clever free-kick.

And just before the half-hour mark, Taylor did double Bolton's lead, his crisp penalty just eluding Almunia's dive after Denilson, back in place of Craig Eastmond, clearly fouled Chung-Yong Lee.

Bolton's plan was working but Arsenal continued to threaten and Jaaskelainen denied Eduardo while Kevin Davies headed against his own crossbar as he tried to clear a free-kick.

Wenger responds to Coyle's criticism of Gallas

Arsenal's pressure eventually told when Rosicky created a yard of space before unleashing a thunderous strike and the home team almost restored parity before the break but Jaaskelainen saved well from Fabregas.

The Gunners did equalise shortly after the restart but it was a goal mired in controversy.

Fabregas's finish was awesome, the skipper collecting the ball inside the Bolton area and eluding the visiting defence before slotting the ball between Jaaskelainen's legs from a tight angle.

However, in the build-up to the goal Gallas challenged for the ball with Mark Davies - the Arsenal defender was late and caught his opponent on the ankle in what was an awful looking challenge.

Play was allowed to continue and Gallas retrieved the ball to start the sequence that led to the goal, while Davies was eventually stretchered from the field.

Vermaelen struck with his vicious half-volley from eight yards after Bolton had failed to clear a corner.

The traffic was all one way but a reasonable opportunity fell to Tamir Cohen only for the midfielder to scuff his effort from 20 yards.

The final goal belonged to Arshavin as he exchanged passes with Eduardo - and it was a goal that took Arsenal to the top of the table.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Arsenal 4-2 Bolton FT
(HT 1-2)
  • Rosicky 43
  • Fabregas 52
  • Vermaelen 65
  • Arshavin 85
  • Cahill 7
  • Taylor (pen) 28

Arsenal

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: WileyAtt: 59,084
ARSENAL
BOLTON

Possession

  • Arsenal 57%
  • Bolton 43%

Attempts on target

  • Arsenal 14
  • Bolton 4

Attempts off target

  • Arsenal 6
  • Bolton 3

Corners

  • Arsenal 9
  • Bolton 3

Fouls

  • Arsenal 16
  • Bolton 17
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+6:32 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+6:19 The official flags Gael Clichy offside. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 90:00+3:54 Neves Denilson produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 90:00+3:33 Short corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line.
  • 90:00+3:08 Inswinging corner taken by Francesc Fabregas from the left by-line.
  • 90:00+3:08 Substitution (Bolton) makes a substitution, with Samuel Ricketts coming on for Paul Robinson.
  • 90:00+2:15 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 90:00+1:44 Unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Carlos Alberto Vela results in a free kick. Gretar Rafn Steinsson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:08 Substitution (Arsenal) makes a substitution, with Theo Walcott coming on for Da Silva Eduardo.
  • 90:00+0:51 Carlos Alberto Vela produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 86:54 Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Gael Clichy results in a free kick.
  • 86:50 Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 86:50 Substitution Tomas Rosicky goes off and Carlos Alberto Vela comes on.
  • 86:50 Booking Gael Clichy is shown a yellow card.
  • 84:45 GOAL - Andrey ArshavinArsenal 4 - 2 Bolton Andrey Arshavin finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Arsenal 4-2 Bolton.
  • 82:31 Header from deep inside the penalty area by Tamir Cohen goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 82:01 Craig Eastmond gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 80:44 Corner taken right-footed by Gavin McCann, Zat Knight concedes a free kick for a foul on Manuel Almunia. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 80:13 Substitution Chung-Yong Lee leaves the field to be replaced by Ivan Klasnic.
  • 78:58 The assistant referee flags for offside against Da Silva Eduardo. Free kick taken by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 77:20 Unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 75:46 Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 75:46 Substitution Vassiriki Diaby goes off and Craig Eastmond comes on.
  • 75:46 Unfair challenge on Matthew Taylor by Andrey Arshavin results in a free kick.
  • 75:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vassiriki Diaby by Chung-Yong Lee. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Rosicky.
  • 72:19 Gavin McCann concedes a free kick for a foul on William Gallas. Francesc Fabregas shoots direct from the free kick. Neves Denilson takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 71:25 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor from the right by-line, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 70:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Neves Denilson. Matthew Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:02 The referee penalises Francesc Fabregas for handball. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 69:15 Corner from the left by-line taken by Andrey Arshavin, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 68:43 Corner taken by Da Silva Eduardo from the right by-line, clearance made by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 67:21 Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 67:21 Booking Gavin McCann booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 66:58 Unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin by Gavin McCann results in a free kick.
  • 64:15 Assist on the goal came from Vassiriki Diaby.
  • 64:15 GOAL - Thomas VermaelenArsenal 3 - 2 Bolton Thomas Vermaelen fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Arsenal 3-2 Bolton.
  • 63:50 Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from the right by-line,
  • 61:24 The referee blows for offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 58:26 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Francesc Fabregas, Paul Robinson manages to make a clearance.
  • 56:25 Francesc Fabregas takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Corner taken right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 55:03 Substitution Gavin McCann replaces Mark Davies.
  • 51:49 GOAL - Francesc FabregasArsenal 2 - 2 Bolton Francesc Fabregas fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Arsenal 2-2 Bolton.
  • 50:54 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 49:52 Tamir Cohen takes a shot. Blocked by Bacary Sagna.
  • 48:40 Foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Mark Davies, free kick awarded. Matthew Taylor has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 46:39 Francesc Fabregas takes the free kick.
  • 46:39 Booking Fabrice Muamba goes into the referee's book.
  • 46:26 Unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Fabrice Muamba results in a free kick.
  • 45:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Francesc Fabregas by Fabrice Muamba. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:06 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+1:40 Neves Denilson has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 45:00+0:58 Chung-Yong Lee concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrey Arshavin. Gael Clichy restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:18 Effort on goal by Tomas Rosicky from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 44:39 Francesc Fabregas has an effort at goal. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 44:21 Tomas Rosicky is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 42:59 Assist by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 42:59 GOAL - Tomas RosickyArsenal 1 - 2 Bolton Tomas Rosicky gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Arsenal 1-2 Bolton.
  • 42:13 Tamir Cohen challenges Tomas Rosicky unfairly and gives away a free kick. Vassiriki Diaby restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:18 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Davies by Thomas Vermaelen. Gary Cahill takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:55 Francesc Fabregas fouled by Fabrice Muamba, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Rosicky takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:27 Neves Denilson fouled by Mark Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Francesc Fabregas crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
  • 37:41 Andrey Arshavin fouled by Paul Robinson, the ref awards a free kick. Da Silva Eduardo shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Andrey Arshavin.
  • 36:50 Gretar Rafn Steinsson challenges Da Silva Eduardo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Francesc Fabregas crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
  • 35:37 Foul by Andrey Arshavin on Chung-Yong Lee, free kick awarded. Gretar Rafn Steinsson takes the direct free kick.
  • 34:28 Mark Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tomas Rosicky. Direct free kick taken by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 33:39 Da Silva Eduardo takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 30:49 Tamir Cohen fouled by Neves Denilson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 29:18 Thomas Vermaelen concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Davies. Strike on goal comes in from Matthew Taylor from the free kick.
  • 27:18 Assist by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 27:17 GOAL - Matthew TaylorArsenal 0 - 2 Bolton Matthew Taylor scores a placed penalty. Arsenal 0-2 Bolton.
  • 26:37 Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Neves Denilson.
  • 26:13 Matthew Taylor takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Francesc Fabregas.
  • 25:11 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on William Gallas. Direct free kick taken by William Gallas.
  • 24:41 The offside flag is raised against Andrey Arshavin. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:36 Fabrice Muamba fouled by Tomas Rosicky, the ref awards a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 22:27 Tamir Cohen gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrey Arshavin. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas from left channel.
  • 19:58 Foul by Vassiriki Diaby on Mark Davies, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Matthew Taylor, save by Manuel Almunia.
  • 19:21 Handball decision goes against William Gallas. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 18:02 Francesc Fabregas takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Matthew Taylor.
  • 17:22 Foul by Kevin Davies on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. William Gallas takes the free kick.
  • 16:52 Andrey Arshavin has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 15:48 Francesc Fabregas concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 15:19 Foul by Matthew Taylor on Bacary Sagna, free kick awarded. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.
  • 14:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Vermaelen on Kevin Davies. Direct free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 13:02 Effort on goal by Da Silva Eduardo from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 11:08 Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 6:12 Assist on the goal came from Kevin Davies.
  • 6:12 GOAL - Gary CahillArsenal 0 - 1 Bolton Gary Cahill scores a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Arsenal 0-1 Bolton.
  • 4:51 Andrey Arshavin takes a shot. Save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 3:53 Vassiriki Diaby takes a shot. Save made by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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20 Jan 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Jan 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Arsenal 22 34 48
2 Chelsea 21 34 48
3 Man Utd 22 30 47
4 Tottenham 22 18 38
5 Man City 21 12 38
6 Liverpool 22 14 37
7 Aston Villa 21 11 36
8 Birmingham 21 2 33
9 Fulham 21 2 27
10 Everton 21 -4 26
11 Stoke 21 -7 25
12 Blackburn 22 -16 24
13 Sunderland 21 -8 23
14 Wigan 20 -21 22
15 Burnley 21 -21 20
16 West Ham 21 -9 19
17 Wolves 21 -21 19
18 Hull 21 -22 19
19 Bolton 20 -14 18
20 Portsmouth 20 -14 14

see also
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