Arsenal-Bolton: What a Comeback!

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Arsenal-Bolton: What a Comeback!
It's been six years since we've broken the hoodoo at the Reebok, and we had to make it tough on ourselves didn't we?

But it was a splendid comeback, and a thoroughly enjoyable game considering of course that we came out on top on a rainy day in Bolton. After being down and out after the first half, I did not expect to us to end this game with a win.

We bossed it in the opening few minutes of the game, the midfield and the two forwards on the day Robin Van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner were looking to forge a partnership.

The first goal for Bolton came against the run of play and caught us off guard. Steinsson curled in a superb cross for Taylor to head home in the 14th. 1-0 Bolton.

From then on we spluttered and went off the boil, the frustration reached a crescendo when Diaby's tackle on Steinsson in the 33rd caught the Bolton man on the ankle and was sent off with a straight red.

Oh no you thought! Oh no indeed!

All this was compounded by Bolton's second goal in the 44th when Taylor's shot deflected off Gallas and beat Almunia.

I thought it was all over for us at this point, I saw no spirit or determination in the team bar a few players.

"Wenger needs to go shopping in the summer and needs to buy big," I thought as well. Despite the performance , I still think we need to buy a couple of quality players , and someone who can marshall the lads. Anyway, this is a discussion for another time.

On to the second half, Bolton made all the running early on and looked like increasing their lead, but we held on. The minutes ticked by and we won a corner, which Cescy took, the ball took a touch off the head of Ivan Campo and found an unmarked William Gallas in the box. Gallas stroked it home and we had finally come to the party in the 63rd.

We were looking more the part after this, and some good play ended when Hleb was brought down in the box to win a penalty six minutes later. The penalty was duly dispatched by RVP, and we were back on level terms!

The Gunners now smelling blood went for the kill and we were rewarded in the 90th minute when Hleb burst into the box on the left, squared for Fabregas whose shot took a touch off Samuel and rolled in to the net.

The comeback was complete and what seemed nigh impossible at half time was done. I never thought it was possible, thought we never had the bottle to rise from being two goals down and a man down to win!

Was I ever pleasantly surprised?

The team showed real character to come back and score a well deserved win. Hleb played a big part in the last two goals and had a good game. Cescy was good in patches, but he did come up with the last goal for us. Flamini displayed his usual tenacity and energy.

RVP looks like he's getting a bit closer to full fitness, he had a lot of chances, but his shots were all over the place. One was from close range after super sub Walcott squared for him after a fine run. Theo has looked dangerous almost every time he has been brought on and deserves more playing time.

The victory belongs to the boys , but it was Wenger who rang the changes in the second half, bringing on Theo Welcott and Emmanuel Adebayor, and the complexion of the contest changed after that - a real master stroke!

Cheers Le Boss!!

After the result an extremely pleased Wenger calling the comeback his best since being with the club:

"Well, because we didn't give up. It was a mental test: we were 2-0 down, 10 against 11 and half an hour to go. We knew as well that even 2-2 was not good enough and you could see that when we scored the second goal and took the ball quickly back. We wanted absolutely to win to stay in the race as only three points was good enough. I'm very proud of the team tonight. We will fight until the last second of this championship and it's a long way to go. We have 70 points - let's see how far we can go."

Cescy thinks we can do the business at Old Trafford, sure we can, but will it all be too little too late?

A superb comeback win, and the comeback could possibly be just the fillip we need with the challenges ahead, notably the triple header with Liverpool.

I have plenty of things to get done by the end of the day and I must be off, have a good Sunday you lot and savour the win!
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