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Arsenal 3-0 Bolton: Simple win overshadowed by contract worries
Arsenal 3-0 Bolton: Simple win overshadowed by contract worries
Monday, 26th Sep 2011 17:30

A comfortable home win has become a rarity in recent months and it still looked out of reach at half time on Saturday.


We had not won by three clear goals at home since January but a more decisive second half performance saw us see off Bolton with relative ease. We were helped by the absence of summer target Gary Cahill and familiar foe Kevin Davies also looked distinctly under the weather after emerging as an early substitute for the injured David N’Gog.


A harsh red card for David Wheater helped us along and they were all small pieces of luck that have eluded us so far this season. By the time Wheater had nudged Theo Walcott to the ground we were already a goal to the good after Robin van Persie displayed his quality with a turn and finish that was so simple that it made a mockery of our usually more elaborate routes to goal.


Despite having an inconsistent end product, Theo then proved his worth with a bursting run down the right and a good cross for the captain to flick home with his shin pad. His 100th goal for the club puts him in rare company and it is a testament to his quality that an injury free career would have seen him go right to the top of the all time goal scorer list.


Alex Song put the icing on the cake with a nice finish that also made scoring a goal look like the easiest job in the world. It was a confidence boosting win that has since been slightly tarnished by an injury to Walcott and van Persie’s admission that he is in no rush to sign a new contract, citing his busy schedule as an excuse.


We may well be playing twice a week at the moment but a footballer, or at least his agent still has time to negotiate a contract if they really wanted to. The fact that David Dein’s son (former agent to Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas) is now van Persie’s agent suggests the worrying trend of Arsenal captain’s joining Barcelona could be set to continue.


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