Faye leaves limp Arsenal red-faced
‘The season starts Best Prada Outlet Italy here,’ was Arsene Wenger’s clarion call before this. What an ambitious thought at the very place where Arsenal’s season Black Prada Eyeglass Case famously finished not too long ago.
Sixty minutes into this game came a not unfamiliar sight: Wenger shrinking into his seat in the dugout at the Reebok, looking cold, miserable, and at a loss as to how or when the curse of the Wanderers will ever end.
By now Arsenal can’t pretend they don’t know what to expect from a trip to their least favourite corner of Lancashire. But they patently don’t have the faintest idea how to deal with it. Bolton’s aerial dominance tested Arsenal time and again, and they coped as incompetently as Sam Allardyce has come to expect. Easy pickings.
Comprehensively knocked out of the stride that saw them arrive in freescoring form, Arsenal crumbled in the first half. The three points they claimed at Wigan last month, thought to be a turning point, looks more like an aberration. Bolton relished the opportunity to again leave Arsenal red-faced on the road. They’ve lost four out of seven this term, and won only once. They might get away with a reluctance to show resilience and grit at Highbury, but not on someone else’s patch. Renaissance over.
Bolton’s excellent home record continued courtesy of some inspired performances. With young Joey O’Brien fearless in defence, Abdoulaye Faye influential in midfield, Kevin Davies leading the line up front prada replica bags online, and Stelios Giannakopoulos an intelligent and willing runner, they thoroughly deserved their reward. With it, Bolton clamber up the table to sit level Are All Prada Products Made In Italy on points with the team they outmanoeuvred comfortably here.
Arsenal could lick wounds only in the fact that Thierry Henry twice crashed wicked efforts against the post. But in the main it proved difficult to break down such a stern resistance, Bolton haven’t conceded here Authentic Prada Bags Outlet Online in the Authentic Prada Handbag Uk Premiership since their first home game of the season.
The opening quarter of an hour was all cat and Authentic Prada Bags For Cheap mouse. Bolton certainly were not as aggressive as Arsenal might have feared. Nor Arsenal as tricky as Bolton might have feared. Who would click into character first? It was the home team, and decisively.
Top marks to O’Brien, who seized possession and hurled a cross into the mix. Lauren could only half clear, and Giannakopoulos was on hand to clip the Black Prada Bag With Gold ball back for Faye to rise high above his little marker, Cesc Fabregas, to send a thumping header past Jens Lehmann.
Exploiting Wenger’s team’s evident distaste for flinging their own heads at the ball has been a productive policy for Bolton over the years. It was significant that Sam Allardyce’s bravehearts appeared to have more men in the penalty area at both ends of the pitch than the fancy Dans up from Authentic Prada Handbags For Cheap the capital.
It spoke volumes for Arsenal that Henry, seconds after a trying his luck with a long range free-kick, was the man haring back to the edge of his own goalline to clear up at the back. Unfortunately for Arsenal, Gilberto showed no such aptitude soon afterwards. In a similar position he dithered on the ball and allowed Davies to whip possession from him. The Wanderers frontman teed up Giannakopoulos, who arrived on cue to sweep Authentic Prada Trainers in the second.
Could Arsenal play themselves out of trouble? Henry’s sumptuous shot beat Jussi Jaaskelainen but cannoned off the post, and Gilberto fizzed one wide. But it was Bolton who looked Authentic Prada Handbags Canada far more dangerous. Lehmann produced two excellent saves to deny Faye and a cracker from Kevin Nolan.
Arsenal thought they had a lifeline when Robin van Persie netted, but referee Howard Webb penalised Henry for fouling in the build-up. Wenger might have been thinking that on another day, against another opponent, it might have stood.
The Frenchman tried a tactical tinker at half time, pushing Freddie Ljungberg forward into more of a 4-3-3 formation. Arsenal were a fraction away from reducing the deficit when Henry’s rasping 25-yard drive struck the inside of the post and rebounded off the back of Jaaskelainen’s leg. Pires should have knocked in the rebound but the keeper recovered well.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Abdoulaye Faye Sam Allardyce thinks he has unearthed another Patrick Vieira and the Senegalese player exposed what Arsenal have missed since they sold their former captain. Faye is powerful and combative and scored his first goal for Bolton. Lucky to stay on the pitch when he ‘scored’ another with his hand, having been booked.
Referee H Webb – made the odd mistake.