The performance wasn’t perfect but Nicklas Bendtner’s late winner meant it was job done for Arsenal against Bolton at the Emirates.
In terms of a spectacle the match was hardly one to remember as Bolton took sitting back to a new extreme, affording us over 75% possession and allowing us to dictate the match. And while it took some time for our boys to muster a decent opportunity a late flurry of opportunities from Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie and the goalscorer meant we fully deserved to take home three points.
I’m not going to say too much more about the game – most of it was already discussed in the comments over the weekend – except that three points was the most that could be taken and the team should be congratulated for the desire they showed in getting them. Recent wins over Portsmouth and now Bolton have hardly been convincing but we’ve gone seven games unbeaten in the league now which shouldn’t be scoffed at.
Liverpool’s draw with Stoke means that although we’re still in fifth we did move smidge closer to the top, now just 8 points off the pace. However, Manchester United’s 3-0 belting at home to Chelsea means they’re now the team to watch and I fully expect them to jump to the top by winning the two games they have in hand.
In other news there’s been a little bit of speculation about Andrei Arshavin, with some reports suggesting that Zenit have turned down a £10 million bid from Arsenal and that Manchester City are also showing interest. In all honesty I don’t know what to believe so at this stage I’m reluctant to comment.
And that’s that. Speak to you tomorrow.
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