Arsene Wenger is a happy man this afternoon after a 3-0 win at the Emirates brought some light relief over the north London club.
A brace from Robin van Persie and a third from Alex Song gave Arsenal a comfortable victory, which puts an increasing amount of pressure on Bolton manager Owen Coyle, who hasn’t seen the Trotters register a point since the opening day of the season.
After a poor first half with limited opportunities for both sides, the game suddenly came to life right at the restart as Van Persie slammed the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen in the first 40 seconds. To be honest, it was the kickstart that Arsenal needed as their lead never looked in doubt as Bolton failed to keep up with their hosts. The visitors huffed and puffed, but it was inevitable that the Gunners were going to extend their lead as Van Persie notched up his 100th goal for Arsenal as he converted Walcott’s pass.
Things didn’t get much better for Bolton when David Wheater saw Red for tugging back Walcott, before Alex Song added the third to pile on the misery for bottom of the table Trotters.
Owen Coyle needs to halt this slump and quick, before the league starts to close up on Bolton. As for Wenger it was a welcome win and the result will quell some of his dissenters among the home support.
Written by Matthew Wood