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September 21, 2008
Arsenal Reaches Atop the Table with 3-1 Victory over Bolton Wanderers
Arsenal moved up at the top of the table in the weekend with a 3-1 easy victory away at Bolton Wanderers. Arsenal had previous record of stumbling at Bolton, and when the Gunners were forced to go 1-0 down thanks to the 14th minute strike by Kevin Davies, it seemed to be alarming for the Arsene Wenger boys. However, Arsenal did not have problem to pull off an easy victory in the end as Wenger boys continued their high-flying premier league form of recent.
Kevin Davies headed a corner from the left to send the ball past Alumnia. The goal energized the Gunners and just minutes after conceding the goal, Arsenal found two goal-bound shot coming back off the post, first by Adebayor, and then Song got his shot hitting the post. Arsenal got their equalizing goal thanks to Emmanuel Eboue who scored his first ever premier league goal in the 24th minute of the match. Just after few minutes of scoring the equalizer, Arsenal took lead in the match thanks to goal from Nicklas Bendtner who scored after receiving a cross from Denilson. Arsenal was leading by 2-1 at the half time.
Arsenal appeared with the same dominating form in the second half as well, but could not continue the same pace for a long time. May be, the midweek journey to Kiev started taking toll from Arsenal team. However, if Arsenal did not miss too many chances, the winning margin could have been bigger. Coming off the bench in place of Bendtner, Theo Walcott boosted up Arsenal attack and Arsenal ensured three points from the match when Denilson scored the third goal for Arsenal just five minutes from the time.
With this victory Arsenal reached at the top of the table with 12 points from five matches, two points ahead of Chelsea who can retain the top place with a victory over Manchester United on Sunday.