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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