BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Highbury, England

Referee: P Dowd | Attendance: 37010

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Arsenal

  • Thierry Henry 31'
  • Robert Pires 66'

2 - 2

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Bolton Wanderers

  • Radhi Jaidi 63'
  • Henrik Pedersen 85'
  • 90'

    But despite the draw Arsenal march on: 46 games unbeaten! Arsenal just weren't able to turn their skill and quick breaks into goals against a determined team. An excellent performance from Bolton and a thoroughly entertaining game.

  • 90'

    Bolton never gave up and are deserving of a point. They fought back from behind twice against one of the best club sides in the world. Great fight from Bolton, who have drawn with Man Utd, Arsenal and beaten Liverpool already this term.

  • 90'

    And that's it - fulltime 2-2!

  • 90'

    Freekick to Bolton in their own area and they will take their time

  • 90'

    Memories of Old Trafford last week for Bolton, where the conceded a late goal to deny them

  • 89'

    Bergkamp hoists a probing ball toward Henry, but Bolton get is clear through Gardner

  • 89'

    Bolton need to keep possession - concentrate and eek out the final moments of this game

  • 88'

    Jaaskelainen with a great save - he leapt of his line to deny Bergkamp's pass reaching Ljungberg

  • 87'

    Stunning pressure from Arsenal who are throwing everything at the Bolton goal - Henry and Vieira all coming close but finally the shot flies over

  • 85'

    N'Gotty clips the ball in looking for Pedersen but Cygan clears

  • 85'

    Freekick to Bolton 35-40 yarsd out.

  • 85'

    Henry muscles his way through the Bolton backline but is unable to get a shot away

  • 85'

    On the bench Wenger looks unhappy. Big Sam wants concentration.

  • 84'

    The freekick was clipped deep into the Arsenal box, Ferdinand flicked in on to Pedersen who held off two defenders before neatly finishing past Lehmann

  • 84'

    Equaliser for Bolton!!

  • 83'

    Lauren booked for a foul on Pedersen on the halfway line

  • 82'

    Great cross from Bergkamp out on the right wing, he found Ljungberg who peeled off his marker but put the header over

  • 82'

    Henry whips in the corner but Bolton clear

  • 82'

    A change for Arsenal before the kick - Pires off and Gael Clichy on

  • 81'

    Dreadful back pass means a corner for Arsenal

  • 80'

    Around 10 minutes to go and there is no sign of Bolton capitulating - brave and determined play from the visitors

  • 79'

    Gardner gets a booking for a fair challenge on Ljungberg who was racing forward and fell dramatically. Perhaps the booking was for persistent fouling throughout the game, even though that wasn't one. Go figure.

  • 78'

    Ferdinand gets a booking for a lunge on Pires - out of character for Sir Les, but he is wound up after that challenge moments ago by Cygan

  • 77'

    Gardner mops up a mistake from Okocha after he tried to dribble past the world and his wife

  • 76'

    N'Gotty launches a freekick towards Ferdinand in the box, but Cygan nudges him off the ball when it arrives with an aggressive forearm to the upper body. Les unhappy, the ref and linesman not interested.

  • 75'

    Campo is replaced by fellow former Real Madrid star Fernando Hierro who will occupy the same holding position in midfield

  • 74'

    Jay-Jay over-hits the deadball and it flies over everyone and out - a shocking waste!

  • 73'

    Another corner for Bolton - can they get a second goal?

  • 72'

    Henry with a half chance, but Bolton soak it up and break forward

  • 71'

    Activity on the Bolton bench - another change coming

  • 70'

    N'Gotty with a fine challenge to deny Bergkamp who looked to latch onto a loose ball as Bolton throw everything at Arsenal

  • 69'

    A change for Arsenal - Reyes is off and Dennis Bergkamp is on

  • 68'

    The quick break fails, but what a warning to Bolton. The Trotters are now chasing the game, but are left exposed at the back. However, you can bet Bolton won't let up and will keep fighting.

  • 67'

    This time Lehmann punches the ball clear - and Arsenal break...

  • 66'

    Lehmann looked uncomfortable again as Arsenal concede another corner

  • 65'

    Bolton straight back at Arsenal, winning a corner

  • 64'

    Good play from Ljungberg to find an extra yard to get past Gardner and fire in a teasing cross. It was behind everyone, including Pires who tried a cheeky flick, got it all wrong but somehow managed to spoon it past Jaaskelainen. Poor goal, but Arsenal won't care.

  • 64'

    Arsenal back in front!! 2-1...

  • 63'

    Bolton have sense an upset and tear up the pitch. Okocha tries a shot from distance, but it goes wide.

  • 62'

    Tunisian Radhi Jaidi gets his first goal in English football with a bullet header from Jay-Jay's corner. And Bolton are back in it. Jaidi - what a discovery, he's had a great game!

  • 61'

    Goal for Bolton!!!

  • 60'

    Corner to Arsenal after Vieira handled the ball out.

  • 59'

    Ferdinand holds up the ball and finds Nolan, who links with Pedersen

  • 58'

    Reyes finds the ball at his feet and the defender invites him inside and to take a shot on his left foot. The shot is poor, but what maddness from Bolton!?

  • 57'

    Arsenal win a corner and Vieira almost carves a chance

  • 57'

    The deadball is aimed at the back post and for once Lehmann is off his line and gathers expertly!

  • 56'

    Okocha hussles Cole who is trying to protect the ball by the corner flag - but Jay-Jay wins a corner

  • 55'

    Spectacular effort from Nolan - his second of the game. Fed by Sir Les, he let the ball run across his body before firing in an awesome shot from range - it was deflected out by a defender, but the corner wasn't given and you could say Nolan is unhappy!!

  • 55'

    Dobule change for Bolton off go Davies and Diouf and on come Ferdinand and Henrik Pedersen - two big battering rams of strikers!!

  • 54'

    Having started brightly Bolton are now second best across the pitch

  • 53'

    Cole and Reyes link up play on the left before Jaidi turns Cole and clears his lines

  • 52'

    Les Ferdinand is warming up for Bolton - Allardyce looking to better exploit the long throws by introducing Sir Les at Diouf expense?

  • 51'

    Cygan clears the ball in the Gunners' box as Jaidi looks to win the header from another long throw into the box

  • 50'

    Campo fouled by Gilberto - the Spaniard will doubtless pay the Brazilian back!!

  • 50'

    Lovely one touch stuff from Arsenal, moving the ball and play with speed and accuracy

  • 49'

    Scruffy play as Bolton try to get a foothold in the Arsenal half - no luck and Vieira bosses the ball out

  • 48'

    Diouf not having the game of his lif its fair to say - he'll be off before long

  • 47'

    Cygan meets the latest long-range throw from Okocha

  • 47'

    The corner is wasted, but Bolton win it back - positive start

  • 46'

    Jay-Jay takes a two-step run up, but fires hig s shot into the wall - its out for a corner

  • 45'

    Welcome back - second half underway and straight away Bolton have a freekick on the edge of the Arsenal area. Okocha eyes it up...

  • 45'

    Bolton didn't have too many chances of their own, but with Lehmann looking unsure at times set pieces could reap rewards for the Trotters. Keep it here for the second half!!

  • 45'

    The goal was a perfect example of Arsenal's ability to break through the midfield with one touch passing. Bolton didn't have an answer for it. The home side certainly finished the brighter, with some great moves, but Bolton were equal to the challenge.

  • 45'

    A good display by the visitors, they started brightly and matched Arsenal in all departments. The fact that they are one down is more to do with Arsenal's strengths than their weakness.

  • 45'

    And that's the halftime whistle!

  • 45'

    Cygan again with some good work to deny Bolton an opening.

  • 44'

    Nicky Hunt releases the pressure by clearing but Cygan cuts out the ball aimed at Diouf

  • 44'

    Arsenal finishing with flourish and are piling forward

  • 43'

    Vieria collects the ball close the byline and does well to keep it in play. He chips a ball to the back post to Henry who heads at the keeper - good save

  • 43'

    Davies rips up the pitch to chase down a loose ball, but Toure defends with aplomb and hoists a good ball forward

  • 42'

    Ivan Campo tackles his fellow countryman Reyes and is booked. It was a nasty sliding tackle on the deck and from behind, Campo is unhappy but can have no complaints

  • 41'

    Speed, finds Nolan, who finds Davies as Bolton press up the pitch - it is slipped to Gardner on the left wing, but Lauren is on hand again, Gardner fouls him. Again no card for Gardner and he's lucky.

  • 41'

    Around five minutes to the half.

  • 41'

    Campo fouls Reyes who is back on defensive duty

  • 40'

    Okocha runs from the other side of the pitch to take another long range throw - aimed at the penalty area

  • 39'

    Another long throw from Okocha, this time Cygan heads it clear

  • 38'

    Pires finds Reyes who charges to the byline, he slips it back to Cole who manages to get it to Henry, but Bolton win it back

  • 37'

    If Bolton can get to halftime at 1-0 Bolton still have a chance

  • 36'

    Davies tries an untidy chest pass to Nolan, but Vieira intercepts

  • 35'

    Ljungberg wins nicks the ball of Speed's foot in the centre circle and finds Pires, he steps inside from the wing and tries a curling shot, but no luck

  • 34'

    The kick on the left wing 10 yards from the Arsenal box is taken by Campo - he lifts it to the back post and Lehmann catches easily - perhaps aiming it at one of his playes might help?!!

  • 33'

    The kick is taken quickly - too quick for the ref who wants it again...

  • 32'

    Now Bolton look to get something back - Nolan, Daveis release El-Hadji Diouf who is fouled by Lauren

  • 31'

    It is harsh on Bolton who have played well and soaked up the pressure - but on the break Arsenal's class in undoubted

  • 31'

    Henry linked up twice with Vieira - the pair burst through the middle of the park to leave Henry closing in on goal, N'Gotty failed to tackle fearing a penalty, and Henry slotted the ball across Jaaskelainen.

  • 31'

    Goal for Arsenal!!

  • 31'

    Bolton's defender Jaidi looks a very useful centrehalf, he mops up a loose ball and sends it forward to Okocha

  • 30'

    Henry tries his luck with the freekick from a tight position to the left of the Bolton Penalty area, but he is denied

  • 29'

    Pires slips a teasing ball to Cole who is tripped by cynically waits until he is in the box before collapsing. Disgrace. But the foul is given, but outside the box.

  • 28'

    The ball is floated into the box and ricochets around before Toure fouls Jaaskelainen

  • 28'

    N'Gotty concedes a corner

  • 28'

    Bolton are denying Arsenal the time and space they usually afforded

  • 27'

    Jaidi with a solid stooped header denies a Gilberto pass aimed in towards Reyes in the box

  • 26'

    Neat passing from Bolton, who turn defence into attack before Lauren denies Gardner a chance to cross by shepherding the ball out of play

  • 25'

    Good build up play from Arsenal, but Pires loses control of the ball on the byline before he can cross

  • 24'

    Campo again takles Henry - the Spaniard having a good game thus far

  • 23'

    A misunderstanding allows Campo to steal the ball from Pires

  • 22'

    Gardner takes out Ljungberg and handles the ball, but there is nothing more than a talking to rather than a booking

  • 21'

    Nolan holds of two and Bolton build with Davies

  • 20'

    Jay-Jay on the left wing sells a denfender a dummy and fires in a great cross

  • 18'

    Another long throw from Okocha which evades two defenders and lands near post - it is half cleared

  • 17'

    Arsenal just edging possession, but Bolton have absorbed all the pressure so far and have asked a few questions of Lehmann who hasn't had all the answers

  • 16'

    Campo and Gardner switch play across the back before Nicky Hunt fires a ball towards El-Hadji Diouf

  • 15'

    Reyes cahrges forward and slips a pass which finds Henry, he drops off and looks to press but misses out

  • 14'

    Arsenal unbeaten now in 45 games - 16 months without a loss. And they look good today!

  • 13'

    Gilberto slips a pass to Henry, but the Frenchman is offside

  • 12'

    Here Jay-Jay is again with a long throw. And it tests Lehmann who comes off his line and misses the punch, luckily for the keeper a defender hooks it clear!

  • 11'

    Okocha is simply wonderful to behold - outrageous dummies, dropped shoulders and ball skills.

  • 11'

    Speed wins out in the middle and slips a ball to Nolan who rifles in a shot of fearsome power from at least 30 yards out, but went wide by mere inches!

  • 10'

    Okocha over-oes one of his trademark throws aimed towards the Arsenal box - goalkick; a waste

  • 10'

    El-Hadji Diouf and Kevin Nolan swaps passes on the right wing trying to exploit Ashley Cole's advanced position

  • 10'

    Ivan Campo with a great tackle on Vieira - Bolton working well to cose down Arsenal and give them little time on the ball to weave the passes together

  • 8'

    Vieira over-hits a pass aimed at Ljungberg - Arsenal took about 5 minutes to warm up today, but they are firing on all cylinders now.

  • 8'

    Great save by Jaaskelainen from Henry and a great tackle by Radhi Jaidi to prevent Pires scoring a simple tap in. Great play set up by Reyes - but strong defending from Bolton!!

  • 7'

    Lehmann gets caught dwelling on the ball from a back pass - Davies closed the German keeper down and he was lucky not to get egg on his face!

  • 7'

    Arsenal are up and running now. Pires lifted a great pass down the left to Henry who linked up with Ljungberg and Reyes before Lauren wasted the shot.

  • 6'

    The Gunners break so quickly, but on this occasion Bolton smother the attack - Ricardo Gardner doing his work well

  • 6'

    First corner of the game goes to Bolton - but it fails to beat the first man and Arsenal break ominously

  • 5'

    A half-chance for Henry, but Jussi Jaaskelainen gathers.

  • 4'

    Lauren gets caught in possession, and Bolton press with Kevin Daveis - good start by the visitors

  • 3'

    Okocha weaves his way past several Arsenal players, takes on Lauren but the final ball is poor

  • 2'

    Early pressure from Bolton

  • 1'

    The kick was squared to Speed and his shot deflected

  • 1'

    A few spicy tackles fly in and Bolton have a freekick - Jay-Jay likes the look of it...

  •  

    Okocha evades a tackle from Vieira in the middle of the park and Jay-Jay tears forward

  •  

    Ok folks, here we go and an early freekick goes against Gray Speed

  •  

    And for Bolton: Jussi Jaaskelainen, Ivan Campo, Nicky Hunt, Radhi Jaidi, Bruno N'Gotty, Ricardo Gardner, Kevin Nolan, Jay-Jay Okocha, Gary Speed, Kevin Davies and El-Hadji Diouf.

  •  

    Arsenal's line-up: Jens Lehmann, Ashley Cole, Pascal Cygan, Bisan Lauren, Kolo Toure, Fredrik Ljungberg, Robert Pires, Gilberto Silva, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Jose Antonio Reyes.

  •  

    Is the longest unbeaten run in English football about to come to an end? Not if Arsenal have anything to do with it. But what a way to mark Sam Allardyce's 200th game in charge of Bolton if they could get the win!

  •  

    All the action from Highbury as Bolton take on the record breaking Gunners. Can Big Sam's boys get the win? Join us for all the action from 12.45pm UK time on Saturday.

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Goal Shot Video
  •  
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Arsenal

  • 11(6)

  • -

  • 13

  • 60%

    40%

  • Bolton Wanderers

  • 8(5)

  • -

  • 17

Arsenal

Line-up
POS No Name

G

1 Jens Lehmann

D

3 Ashley Cole

D

12 Lauren

D

18 Pascal Cygan

D

28 Kolo Touré

M

4 Patrick Vieira

M

7 Robert Pires
D
22 Gaël Clichy

M

8 Freddie Ljungberg

M

19 Gilberto Silva
M
17 Edu

F

9 José Antonio Reyes
F
10 Dennis Bergkamp

F

14 Thierry Henry
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 24 Manuel Almunia
D 22 Gaël Clichy
D 31 Justin Hoyte
M 17 Edu
F 10 Dennis Bergkamp

Bolton Wanderers

Line-up
POS No Name

G

22 Jussi Jaaskelainen

D

5 Bruno N'Gotty

D

15 Radhi Jaidi

D

16 Ivan Campo
D
20 Fernando Hierro

D

18 Nicky Hunt

M

4 Kevin Nolan

M

6 Gary Speed

M

10 Jay-Jay Okocha

M

11 Ricardo Gardner

F

14 Kevin Davies
F
9 Henrik Pedersen

F

21 El-Hadji Diouf
F
23 Les Ferdinand
 
Substitutes
POS No Name
G 13 Andy Oakes
D 2 Anthony Barness
D 20 Fernando Hierro
F 9 Henrik Pedersen
F 23 Les Ferdinand

Match Stats

  • Arsenal
  • Bolton Wanderers
11(6) Shots (on goal) 8(5)
13 Fouls 17
3 Corner kicks 8
1 Offsides 7
60% Time of Possession 40%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 3
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