Van Persie(46,71), Song Billong(89)
3 - 0
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You’d have been hard pressed to find an Arsenal fan going into this fixture brimming with confidence, and when Szczęsny was called upon to make a save — and wonderful a save it was — in the opening minutes gooners everywhere feared the worst.
The crowd was more behind the team now that there is a noticeable lack of confidence on the pitch. No one can accuse the Emirates crowd of the apathy of previous seasons. No more we sit back waiting to be entertained, we know that our support is needed now more than ever and that is manifested in a more boisterous crowd at The Emirates Stadium.
At halftime, with the score still 0-0, glimpses of wengerball was there but not having the luxury of a lead meant nerves remained frayed. Happily we didn’t have to wait long after the interval for the opening goal.
Van Persie did what he does and with a shimmy of his hips and a thwack from his trusty left peg the Emirates crowd breathed a collective sigh of relief. What a difference the goal made, we played with a swagger, passes were crisp, movement was delightful, and when David Wheater was sent off for denying Theo and obvious goalscoring opportunity we were finally in control of the game.
Bolton’s goal came under seige — 15 of Arsenal’s 27 shots on goal came after the 55th minute — , the second goal was inevitable. We were however warned when a Bolton counter-attack was thwarted be the recovery pace of Gibbs, but these Bolton raids we few and far, far, in-between.
Robin van Persie became the 17th player to score 100 goals for The Arsenal when he expertly nudged home another — in what is becoming a regular combination, that has yielded @7amkickoff on twitter">7 assists since January — low cross from Theo Walcott. Smiles broke out everywhere, a happiness that recently has been all too fleeting has returned, hopefully for a long-term visit.
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The final goal came through Alexandre Dimitri Song Billong, who was excellent throughout. The midfielder was rated 8.8 by whoscored only Robin van Persie was rated higher at 9.7. Not just content at breaking up Bolton’s play, Song contributed by attempting and successfully making the most through passes, and creating joint most — together with Walcott and Arteta — scoring opportunities.
So in a day that started off with trepidation and anxiety ended with gooners full of repose and cheer after a good day on the pitch. 3-0 no other team has kept more clean sheets than Arsenal in the league so far.
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