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Despite the 3-0 scoreline Arsenal triumphed over a relentless defense of Bolton Wanderers. Two hard-earned goals from the prolific Robin Van Persie and a stunning finish from Alex Song brought  the Gunners three  points and a 12th place on the Premier League table.

Even though Bolton were without their main enforcer Gary Cahill, Arsenal had nothing to show for the first half. Notably, Bolton left-back Paul Robinson with the help of  Petrov, managed to foil runs from Theo Walcott. Meanwhile Zat Knight from Bolton put in crucial blocks to further frustrate the Gunners.

In fact, Arsenal were even fortunate not to go down one goal. In the third minute,  Bolton were given a free-kick with a dangerous ball floated into the Arsenal box. Wheater won a header and the ball broke  to Darren Pratley who launched a surprise volley but Arsenal goalkeeper Szczcesny pulled out another diving save for the cameras as he tipped the danger away.

Other Arsenal attacks followed with RVP shooting straight at Jaaskelainen. Walcott also looked sharp but flushed a shot wide after cutting in from the right during stoppage time of the first half. On the other end, Bolton were more on the defensive end with only Petrov  putting in dangerous balls from the wing that were not met by his teammates.

Despite Arsenal having 66 percent of possession, more shots and three corners, both teams would finish the first half goalless.

If Arsenal’s uninspiring first-half were an old car with worn out paint, dull colors and a broken down engine, then the second half would be that same old car that went on Xzibit’s Pimp My Ride and came out transformed into a thing of beauty.

There was nothing but flashes of brilliance, exquisite passes, SHOTS and goals from Arsenal! Thirty-three seconds into the second-half. Arsenal forward Gervinho was fouled but Aaron Ramsey took advantage and rushed with the ball and found RVP with a short pass into the 18-yard box. Despite pressure from a defender, RVP took the ball to a tight angle to squeeze in a shot that beat Jaaskenlainen for pace at the near post. 1-0 to the Arsenal.

From then on Arsenal never looked back and Bolton struggled to keep up. David Wheater’s red card in the 54th minute did not help either. Arsenal dominated as Jaaskenlainen was forced into a flurry of saves as a revived Arsenal kept mounting on the pressure. Even Laurent Koscielny got to try his luck with a well taken volley that stung the keeper’s hands. Soon, Bolton gave way-  Walcott accelerated on the right wing with blistering pace to curve in the assist for Arsenal’s second and RVP’s 100th goal. The Dutch forward skillfully guided Walcott’s low hit cross into the back of the net but gave all props to Walcott.

By the 74th minute Arsenal had taken 24 shots to Bolton’s two with RVP, Gervinho, Arteta and Walcott at the heart of excellent attacking moves. Alex Song was brought into the mix after Arsenal right-back Bacary Sagna found him with cut back pass in the opponent box. Song, a defensively solid player with an eye for goal made it three after he cleverly faked to his right to throw off Pratley and curl the ball past Jaas for some sweet icing on the cake in the 88th minute. Cheers erupted through out the stadium but none said anything louder than the grin on Arsene Wenger’s face.

After conceding 14 goals in five games and a disappointing loss to Blackburn Rovers, Arsenal fought hard for a well deserved victory to move up the table. Poor Bolton have only been able to manage 3 points out of six games and have conceded 16 times- Something Bolton Manager Owen Coyle will want to address soon. For the winners, this game was a much needed display of quality from the Gunners.

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Less than three years ago, U.S. President Barack Obama drew up national plans to bring  U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan back home.

In a war that has threatened the rights of people in the Middle East and the safety of the Americans since the tragic day of 9/11, clashing promises have been made to fight the “War on Terror” and bring troops home.

Until December 2009, Obama fully asserted to withdraw over 180,000 soldiers servicing in Iraq & Afghanistan by 2014. Throughout his presidency, he has been following up with his plan but current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta advised and supported a plan that about 3000-4000 troops remain in Iraq- A figure which commanders say is not enough.

Regardless of numbers, any potential decision to let soldiers stay past the deadline may contradict the strong promise Obama made as president.

“”As a candidate for this office, I pledged I would end this war. As president, that is what I am doing. We have brought home more than 90,000 troops since I took office.” said in a weekly radio address back in August 2010.

As of now Obama has witdrawn troops to fewer than 50,000 now from more than 140,000 in January 2009 according to the New York Times but is now pressed to follow instructions from Panetta. The Secretary of Defense said such a plan was necessary due to rising car bombings  and violent Al-Qaeda attacks that have caused instability in Iraq. With the deadline for removal of troops in Iraq approaching the end of 2011, Obama will have to make a tough choice.

 ANALYSIS: Actually, this issue with troops  is a no-brainer. As of June 2011, the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press states a majority 56 percent of Americans say that US troops should be brought home as soon as possible, while 39 percent favor keeping troops in Afghanistan until the situation has stabilized. Well of course, a war that has been going on for almost eight years will have a negative impact on people and resources for any country involved.

With the 2012 Elections coming around, Obama is not the popular candidate this time around. Others are looking to challenge him vigorously. Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says “Obama doesn’t have a clue.”  He also added his 59-point plan for the economy will create 11 million jobs.

If Obama wants to keep his bid for president, he has to start by sticking with his guns on crucial policies. As a president who feels strongly about the environment, I was disappointed with him after he decided to back down from Republican pressure and halt a planned increase in clean air standards

I also came accross a  survey from the Washington Post and ABC News stating approval ratings of Obama had fallen to 43 percent, while for the first time a majority of 53 percent disapproves. This is due mainly to his wishy-washy attitude on issues and the economic downturn regarding the debt ceiling, recession, and unemployment rate nearing 13 percent. In addition ABC also reported a shocking 77 percent of polled Americans feel the country is “heading in the wrong direction.”

No doubt, Obama is having a lot of crisis to deal with and is doing poorly as a president. He got a lot of things wrong with the economy plus the stimulus package had little impact. It created jobs but as not as much as people would like or need. Overall the economy was a gamble but one thing he can help is seeing out his promises. So falling back to the issue of  US troops- if Obama said he would have all troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan by 2014 without having any detrimental effects on the US or Middle East, he should see to it and tell Panetta to shut up.