Arsenal needed to win against Bolton by a margin of two goals to go on top of the premier league table. They did just that, although the performance was far from spectacular the team managed to scrape through and win . These are the kind of results that can make or break a season. Fabregas was as usual spectacular and lead by example.
Manuel Almunia :6. The arsenal goalkeeper still looks unconvincing and is yet to prove his mettle in the premier league. He nearly did save the penalty but failed to impress when dealing with balls in the air. with fabianski knocking it remains to be seen as to how long will he be no.1.
Bacary Sagna:8. He was solid as a rock in defence and provided a new dimension to the attack.
Gael Clichy:6.5. Clichy still looks a bit rusty coming back from injury but with match time the confidence will return.
William Gallas:5.5. Although he did defend pretty well the horrendous tackle takes away the sheen.But form is temporary , class is permanent.
Thomas Vermaelen:8.5. He has been Arsenal's best defender this season and was again a wall in defence. His goal ultimately completed the comeback and put Arsenal on top.
Denilson:6. He gave away a penalty which allowed Bolton to go two up. He is a good player but not in this position. The absence of Song is quite visible.
Abou Diaby:8. The Frenchman continues to defy his critics and is beginning to show glimpses of his talent. He set up vermaelen's goal and was a constant threat till he was injured and had to be replaced.
Fabregas:9.5. The premier league's best player is in stunning form. He scored a goal and set one up. He is a captain who leads by example. He is the main reason behind Arsenal's resounding success in recent matches.
Rosicky:8.5. The Czech midfielder looks to be returning to his best as he added another crucial goal to his tally. he caused the defense immense problems throughout the match.
Eduardo:8. He is another player who is slowly but surely regaining his confidence and is returning to his former self. The Croat wreaked havoc in the Bolton defense and was involved in two of the four goals.
Arshavin:8.5. The Russian magician added to his tally to put arsenal on top of the table . Even though he was guilty of missing a late opportunity he had a fabulous match.