Arsenal and Bolton part 1: brilliance beats brawn

In Arsenal FC, Premier League on January 18, 2010 by Highbury N5 Editor

It was the return of Cesc Fabregas, and didn’t Bolton know it.

As expected, Bolton started with a spring in their step and were a danger throughout the game, Ivan Klasnic is by far their best player and that showed on a few occasions.

We matched them though, both for quality and their disruptive tactics – whilst not sinking to the lows of hair pulling – a tactic employed by Matty Taylor who’s arm looked like it had had ink dripped all over it. What horrific tattoos.

Eduardo was lively throughout, he was involved in both goals and his movement was again top notch, despite what other people may think. He was very nearly put through when the Bolton ‘keeper just came out in time to smother the ball. We were always going to score and it was just a matter of when.

After a bit of ping-ball on the edge of the box, Eduardo received the ball from Fabregas, immediately backheeled it back into Cesc’s path and he made no mistake with a lovely cool finish. His 13th of the season. What a magnificent season the 22 year old captain is having.

That seemed to rile Bolton a bit. Cesc should have had 2 penalties, the first he was taken out by the Bolton ‘keeper, the second he was taken out by a defender and Matty Taylor repeatedly shinned him in the head, dropped his knee to his head and then proceeded to pull his hair like a little girl. A pathetic excuse for a player and a man. To Cesc’s credit, he did not retaliate like you would expect. Good on him.

He was then taken out completely by Robinson, if I was Cesc I would have well and truly lost it then. Diaby was then taken out off the ball and to my absolute delight Rosicky avenged that by taking the player out himself !!!! It earned him a yellow but it was well worth it. Give them some back.

Bolton started the second half the brighter, Eastmond, making his debut impressed at first but then tired as you would expect …. this lead to him giving the ball away too cheaply and it did not help the situation at all, On came Fran Merida and Diaby dropped back into the holding role with Cesc helping him out. Merida operated the furthest forward and really impressed me.

He has not convinced me before today, apart from that strike against Liverpool, but he distributed the ball very well and his composure shows he has a big future. Eduardo’s cross fell to him in the area, the first touch was magnificent, the second was clinical and the game was won. I said when he came on “Fran, prove now you deserve playing time”. He did. I admire that.

On another day we would have won by more, we could also have shipped a few goals. It was our day and we won again without playing too well. Brilliant.

On Wednesday we can go top if we win by more than 2 goals. Lets see if we can do it again at home.

This season is giving me a very very good feeling. I’m hopeful and believe. We can do this.


4 Responses to “Arsenal and Bolton part 1: brilliance beats brawn”

  1. We did well at Bolton a good solid performence, but how much better could it have been if we had a striker? so get the cheque book out Arsene

  2. I thought the 1st one could have been given but the 2nd was a dive by cesc i thought. He was looking for freekicks and pens the whole time and sometimes went down a bit too easily for me.
    I cant be getting annoyed at carlton cole and rooney for going down under the slightest touch but then be saying fabregas should have had a pen for that.

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