25th September, 2011
A brace from Robin Van Persie saw Arsenal back on track in the English Premier League when they beat Bolton 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium today.
Van Persie scored his 99th and 100th goals for Arsenal as the Gunners returned to winning ways with a deserved victory over 10-man Bolton.
It has certainly not been a good start to the Premiership for Arsenal and their problems looked to continue as they made a slow start to the match and almost fell behind as early as the second minute.
Luckily, for the Gunners, though, their keeper Wojciech Szczesny was alert to the danger and made a fantastic save, tipping the ball around the post with his fingertips, to deny Darren Pratley from 12-yards out.
And while Bolton controlled the opening 20 minutes their dominance was halted when David Ngog suffered an injury and had to be replaced upfront by Kevin Davies.
After that Arsenal took the ascendancy and created their first real chance on goal in the 33rd minute when Gervinho let fly with a powerful 20-yard shot, but he saw his effort sail over the crossbar.
Five minutes later and the Gunners should really have taken the lead when Laurent Koscielny met a cross with a left footed volley from 12-yards out, but his attempt was a weak effort and went wide.
The second 45 minutes saw Arsenal start where they finished off in the first, on top of the game and in charge.
A minute after the restart Robin van Persie finally found the gameâ€™s opening goal. Aaron Ramsey slipped a beautiful through ball for the Dutchmen to run onto and he made no mistake with a clinical finish from ten yards out, 1-0.
Boltonâ€™s problems were then compounded in the 55th minute when David Wheater was shown a straight red card and sent from the field for a dirty tackle on Theo Walcott.
Seven minutes later and Mikel Arteta came bitterly close to doubling his sideâ€™s lead when his 16-yard shot forced Jussi Jaaskelainen into a fantastic save, diving full stretch to his left to push the effort around the post.
Van Persie, however, did find both his second goal and his sideâ€™s in the 71st minute when he concluded a good passing movement with a well placed shot from six-yards out, 2-0.
With seconds left in the match Alex Song rounded off the perfect day for Arsenal when he scored their third goal.
Reacting to the victory, Arsenal boss, Arsene Winger said: “It is a deserved win that is welcome for us. We cannot drop many points anymore. I feel the referee had a good game.”
English Premier League results
Arsenal 3 – 0 Bolton
Chelsea 4 – 1 Swansea
Liverpool 2 – 1 Wolves
Newcastle 3 – 1 Black burn
West Brom 0 – 0 Fulham
Wigan 1 – 2 Tottenham
Man City 2-0 Everton
Stoke 1 – 1 Man United