Sunday, 24 April 2011

Unbeaten record goes and so do Arsenal's title chances

Arsenal's slim hopes of winning the Premier League were ended at Bolton this afternoon.

Arsene Wenger's side lost 2-1 in a game which displayed everything which is good and bad about this Arsenal team.

The Gunners started out of the block faster the home side.

Early chances for Theo Walcott and Samir Nasri worked the Bolton keeper.

Kevin Davies was lucky to escape a booking after a late challenge on Alex Song. Referee Mike Jones was very lenient to the Bolton captain.

Fabregas made Jaaskelainen work with a fine strike from outside the box which the Bolton keeper tipped round the post.

However Bolton were coming into the game more and more with lots of chances on the break.

The home team took the lead through a sloppy piece of defending from a corner kick. Song letting Gary Cahill having a free header which Samir Nasri blocked on the line but Daniel Sturridge reacted quickest to head the ball over the line.

Fabregas had a shot which cannoned off the post but Bolton had the lead at the break.

Just 28 seconds into the second half Djourou was adjudged to have brought down Sturridge by the referee. A very soft penalty.

As soft as the penalty was the kick taken by Kevin Davies was awful and saved by Szczesny.

We were back in the game when Robon van Persie played a one-two with Fabregas and slotted home into the bottom corner.

But try as they might, the Gunners looked blunt and for the next 15 minutes failed to create many chances.

It wasn't until the introduction of Marouane Chamakh and later Andrey Arshavin that Wenger's men started to put shots in on goal.

However a string in the tail at the end, an 89th minute header from Cohen consigned Arsenal's title challenge to the scrap heap for another season as the Gunners were undone from a corner kick for the second time in the game.

It leaves Arsenal trailing Manchester United by nine points with four games to play.

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