I’m at the game so another match day blog from moi.
Bolton were the visitors to The Emirates in the Carling Cup. As always Arsenal rang out the changes giving a few reserves and youth players a chance plus a certain Belgian defender a chance to gain further fitness after his Achilles injury.
Bolton have been struggling horribly in the league but this was still an all premiership tie we had to be wary of.
On the way to the Tollington pub and talk in the press and between fans had been about the recent race allegations from John Terry, Suarez and even Cesc, following Kanoute’s sending off over the weekend. The fact is racism and xenaphobia has NO place in modern football but with the internet/twitter a dangerous vehicle for rumours and opinions, a small accusation or apparent lip read can quickly escalate into a major story. The Terry story is being esculated by the minute with The FA set to launch an enquiry, it could be an interesting few weeks for all the clubs involved.
The team for last night was;
v Bolton: Fabianski, Yennaris, Squillaci, Vermaelen, Miquel, Frimpong, Coquelin, Benayoun, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arshavin, Park.
TV5 is back! A debut for Yennaris and another chance to see the Ox in action.
We’re off and running… Come on The Arsenal!
5mins gone; Good atmosphere, Bolton have fielded a strong team.
10min ; Arsenal controlling the game, Ox has a pop shot that deflects for a corner.
13mins: A great crossfield ball from Frimpong, Ox breaks wide into the box but one touch too many and cross is over hit.
25mins: As Bolton grow into the game, Park picks the ball up and fires in a great shot saved by the keeper.
26mins; Bolton’s Kakuta breaks free, swivels in the box and has a shot saved low by Fabianski.
28mins; Squillaci booked for another silly foul. Games a bit flat now, Bolton happy for us to present them with their chances, I’m sure we will too.
35min, Shava touches a free kick to TV who stings the keeps gloves with a beauty of a shot.
Ps; the raining is falling but the winter hip flask is out. (Drink responsibly kids)
40min, Shava feeds a sideways pass to Park who tries to pass it into the net from the edge of the box but saved again by the keeper. Park is warming up and he’s not afraid to shoot…
Half time, Arsenal ahead on points but goals win games.
47min: FFS! Wakey wakey Arsenal…. 1-0 Bolton. They walk straight through after Frimpong gives it away and ex-gooner Muamba fires it into the roof of the net from a short pass in the box. Sloppy
55mins … They’re awake!… Arsenal 1-1 Bolton.. Yossi knocks it to shava on the right of the box. Shava jinks right left and then arrows it into the opposite bottom corner, keeper static. A great shot from Shava, that’s more like it
58mins – I can’t keep up! Arsenal 2-1 Bolton.. Shava again breaks through the middle and feeds